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Specs for Sony PSP Handheld

michael posted about 11 years ago | from the 802.11-sweetness dept.

Portables (Games) 497

doctor_no writes "Sony has announced the specs for its upcoming handheld gaming device, the PSP, at their PlayStation Meeting 2003. Most interesting is that this device promises Playstation 2 level graphics, a compact 1.8GB media, Wireless 802.11, USB 2.0, 7.1 channel Audio, and a 24bit 16x9 screen TFT LCD screen. Sony has called this device the 'Walkman for the 21st Century', and plans to allow the user to enjoy movies and music for the device, along with games. Full specs can be found at ZDNet Japan. The PSP will debut at next year's E3."

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my dear lord.... (4, Interesting)

sweeney37 (325921) | about 11 years ago | (#6562043)

when this thing was first announced [slashdot.org] , there were a lot of naysayers, "Nintendo rules the market, and it's going to be hard to beat them." but these were some of the same comments that were being made in 1995 when the PSX was introduced. the specs on these thing are unbelievable.

the reason Sony does as well as it does in the videogame market is because it tries to find out what it's competitor does well, and improves upon it. I'm not saying this is going to be a GBA killer, (price is going to be a big factor) [slashdot.org] but it looks as if there is finally going to be a viable GBA competitor. (N-Gage [n-gage.com] eat your heart-out.)

but as we all know, it all comes down to software. personally, I'd love to be able to play Vice-City whenever and wherever I want.

Mike

Re:my dear lord.... (1)

Colin Rawlings (691729) | about 11 years ago | (#6562126)

For what this offers, I'd probably be willing to pay the extra over a GB as long as it's not like $2,000 or anything silly like that. Sony produces great hardware, games, and everything. I don't wish to see either Nintendo or Sony get hurt.

Re:my dear lord.... (5, Interesting)

Ominous Coward (106252) | about 11 years ago | (#6562141)

I don't know about that. The majority of people want simple and durable from a handheld. People don't want a giant laptop made especially for gaming, they want a little Game Boy that won't break when you throw it into your backpack.

It sounds like it might be good, but PS2 calibur graphics in a hand-held will either mean it's large, really expensive, or both. Neo-Geo suffered because of its outrageous price, and I'd imagine this one would, too, if they manage to shrink down the components enough to make it a nice little, durable handheld.

Re:my dear lord.... (2, Interesting)

CheeseMonkey (677515) | about 11 years ago | (#6562361)

PS2 calibur graphics in a hand-held will either mean it's large, really expensive, or both.
You're forgetting how old the PS2 is. What makes you think it can't be miniturized down to the size of the PS1 sub-component of the PS2?

Re:my dear lord.... (2, Insightful)

theLOUDroom (556455) | about 11 years ago | (#6562146)

the reason Sony does as well as it does in the videogame market is because it tries to find out what it's competitor does well, and improves upon it. I'm not saying this is going to be a GBA killer, (price is going to be a big factor) but it looks as if there is finally going to be a viable GBA competitor. (N-Gage eat your heart-out.)

You're forgetting another important reason. They have a lot of money, and already control a large protion of the consumer electronics market.

There are other issues besides the device itself that effect the success or failure of a piece of hardware, let the ability to get stores to carry it.

Re:my dear lord.... (1)

TheIzzy (615852) | about 11 years ago | (#6562152)

But we all know the REAL question is how long till it runs linux?

Re:my dear lord.... (1)

Colin Rawlings (691729) | about 11 years ago | (#6562206)

XBox only took a few months. The betting pool is open on how long it takes for the PSP. I say 7 months.

Re:my dear lord.... (5, Interesting)

slimak (593319) | about 11 years ago | (#6562175)

but as we all know, it all comes down to software.

Right you are, but the type of games that are playable on a portable are different from those on a standard console - The [relatively] small screen of most portables can make it difficult for many gammers to play high-action and/or immersion type games. The GBA for example is very well suited to RPG games, but I do not think I could enjoy playing a sports game (since the players would have to be very small) or a vice city type game (i just think it would be difficult to play at ~4"x4"). That said, if the PSP really has a 16x9 screen and is large enough, it could be awesome for many type of games.

The downside to the large screen of coarse is shortened playtime and a larger overall system - the GBA SP is so ultra-portable that its almost scarry.

Will be interesting to see though....hope the price is right (or at least reasonable)

Re:my dear lord.... (1)

mal3 (59208) | about 11 years ago | (#6562245)

I think 16x9 is the aspect ratio. Not the size.

Re:my dear lord.... (1)

slimak (593319) | about 11 years ago | (#6562359)

i know, i meant my post to mean that the 16x9 aspect ratio screen would be nice if it was large enough to make many types of games playable.

Re:my dear lord.... (5, Insightful)

56ker (566853) | about 11 years ago | (#6562186)

Just looking through the specs I'm sure the wireless LAN will be used a lot for multiplayer games. Having seen the popularity of Pokemon through a link cable - all they need now is a killer-app multiplayer game through the wireless connection and they'll sell like hot cakes!

Re:my dear lord.... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562195)

sony is a company with no soul.. nintendo has style, sega had style.. it's garbage companies like sony that force the market to be flooded with cookie-cutter games that carry about as much innovation as FM radio.. their domination is ruining / has ruined / will ruin everything

Re:my dear lord.... (4, Insightful)

SifuDave54 (662394) | about 11 years ago | (#6562224)

You'd have to be ignorant to believe Nintendo doesn't have its own 3d handheld in the works. Nintendo has traditionally recently only released handhelds when they fall below the $100 mark. For instance the GBA SP was ready MONTHS before it was released, maybe even when the original GBA came out, but it was too expensive for them to sell it.

Re:my dear lord.... (4, Insightful)

Zathrus (232140) | about 11 years ago | (#6562306)

There's some rather critical specs missing -- like the resolution of the display.

Also, this thing is going to be rather large, just based on the physical requirements -- a widescreen display and buttons on the front/top, a speaker, a disk loading mechanism, a USB port, an IRDA port, some other port, a memory stick port, a headphone jack, and some place for the battery. There better also be a DC input jack and audio/video output jacks (although all 3 of these could be done via the unknown extention port). There's absolutely no reason for 7.1 sound if you can't output the sound to an external receiver. And if you can do that, you'd better be able to output the video too -- since I sure wouldn't play on a tiny little screen when my TV is right in front of me.

The specs do sound intriguing, but some of them also seem off kilter, like the 7.1 sound.

I'm definitely sticking to the "wait and see" camp.

7.1 Channel Audio? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562059)

Out of a handheld?

Re:7.1 Channel Audio? (3, Funny)

vasqzr (619165) | about 11 years ago | (#6562133)



Dolby 7.1 audio....and one itty-bitty speaker!

Re:7.1 Channel Audio? (5, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | about 11 years ago | (#6562260)

Nah, no speakers. A set of headphones and a backpack-mounted subwoofer. Also doubles as a back massager, which you'll need due to carrying around the backpack-mounted subwoofer.

Re:7.1 Channel Audio? (1)

acxr is wasted (653126) | about 11 years ago | (#6562311)

Hopefully, this thing will include something like Dolby Headphone [dolby.com] for the surround sound.

Re:7.1 Channel Audio? (1)

tealover (187148) | about 11 years ago | (#6562328)

Perhaps to go with surround sound headphones [etronics.com] ?

How about... (-1, Funny)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | about 11 years ago | (#6562066)

a beowulf cluster of them? :D

Imagine... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562109)

Imagine a day goes by without that stupid comment.

How about... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562196)

My foot up your ass!

How about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562340)

a cluster of knuckles running teethos?

Walkman for the 21st Century (1)

rokzy (687636) | about 11 years ago | (#6562067)

if it costs the same as a walkman........ WOOT !

Re:Walkman for the 21st Century (3, Interesting)

KeithH (15061) | about 11 years ago | (#6562220)

Walkmans were around US$400 when first released.

Re:Walkman for the 21st Century (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562236)

how about as much as the walkman in 1983?

Re:Walkman for the 21st Century (1)

zzendpad (84506) | about 11 years ago | (#6562353)

I hope not. When Sony's Walkman TPS-L2 came out, it listed for $200, in 1979 dollars. Using this page [cjr.org] , that's about $496 nowadays!

HEY, WAY TO GO, SLASHDOT! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562072)

You actually posted this article with comments enabled! Have a cookie!

Re:HEY, WAY TO GO, SLASHDOT! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562148)

Actually, it's your account that is normally disabled from commenting, you troll. Welcome to hell.

KDE 3.1.3 realesed! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562073)

Re:KDE 3.1.3 realesed! (0, Offtopic)

mahdi13 (660205) | about 11 years ago | (#6562243)

Wow, major troll...announced a new KDE version and linked to Gnome.org....Way to GO!!

First Post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562077)

First post!!!!

"Playstation 2 graphics?" (3, Troll)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | about 11 years ago | (#6562079)

So Sony say there new hand held console will have Playstation 2 level graphics?

Well after what they said about the Playstation 2 itself and its "Toy Story" graphics I would have to see it to believe it.

Fine for small screen (2, Interesting)

wikthemighty (524325) | about 11 years ago | (#6562145)

While the PS2 may not have the best graphics out there, they should be fine for the size of screen this device will have.

Makes me think back to replaying Wolf 3D on the GBA, having a tiny screen sure helps make those low-res graphics more palatable...

Is this a Japan-only thing? (1)

vasqzr (619165) | about 11 years ago | (#6562084)


They get all the cool stuff...

Wow.. (1)

Colin Rawlings (691729) | about 11 years ago | (#6562085)

This just looks incredibly cool. Miniturization has a benefit. Once they shrink it down for a handheld, you can cram more of it into a normal sized box. It does look better than gameboys as well. Maybe it's time to let Sony rule the world?

PSP (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562086)

What about michael's PSP? You know... penis sucklng powers?

Mod Parent Up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562178)


This is really fucking funny.

Most important spec: (2, Funny)

flicken (182650) | about 11 years ago | (#6562090)

Does it have an OS?

I just need one more OS to reach the "21+ - We don't believe you." level of the latest poll...

Re:Most important spec: (4, Informative)

azadism (578262) | about 11 years ago | (#6562140)

whee, movies (2, Insightful)

mblase (200735) | about 11 years ago | (#6562354)

This will allow the UMD to store up to two hours of DVD quality video

...and not one title worth watching. C'mon, does Sony really think that all the motion picture studios are going to line up to release films in this proprietary format when you can already buy DVD players at Wal-Mart for $70?

Re:Most important spec: (4, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | about 11 years ago | (#6562150)

No, it runs on magic pixy dust.

Re:Most important spec: (4, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | about 11 years ago | (#6562214)

What's more, Pixie dust is cheap, soy-based, and biodegradable.

Price (2, Funny)

blackmonday (607916) | about 11 years ago | (#6562091)

I'll shit my pants if this thing costs less than 300 bucks.

Steve Jobs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562185)

Is that you?

Re:Price (1)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | about 11 years ago | (#6562271)

Hell, even at $300, with 802.11 and a good screen this thing would make a really cute X-terminal.

Of course a keyboard would be a little awkward...

7.1 audio? Why? (2, Redundant)

vjmurphy (190266) | about 11 years ago | (#6562099)

7.1 channel Audio on a handheld? Why? Seems like this thing is just over engineered and will be a monster.

Re:7.1 audio? Why? (1)

Renesis (646465) | about 11 years ago | (#6562143)

Does seem like serious overkill on a handheld!

The only way you're really going to be able to take advantage of it is to plug it into your home theatre setup (or try some of those "surround" headphones).

> Chaz

Re:7.1 audio? Why? (1)

slimak (593319) | about 11 years ago | (#6562274)

If it has TV out and digital audio out it could be nice. Nice if like paying for features that you don't need - how many people want to lug around the speakers and power for 7.1 audio for their "portable" device?

Re:7.1 audio? Why? (3, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 11 years ago | (#6562189)

Probably because they're reusing an audio core from something else and it's cheaper to just implement it than re-engineer. I'd guess that the device is actually based partly on the PS2 hardware, since they have the designs around. They probably just reimplemented a lot of PS2 in a smaller process, and with assorted bug fixes, and removal of whatever features consume the most power.

Why? Because it matters. (1)

precogpunk (448371) | about 11 years ago | (#6562319)

I have an iPod but half the time it's connected to my stereo system -- dont you realize people will probably connect this to their home systems or friend systems?! If you are paying $300+ for this wouldn't you want the latest in multi-channel sound!? Also, if you can play movies on this device then the ability to know how to deliver the sound is very important even if being down converted to stereo. They have headphones for 5.1 and read this review [dvdangle.com] for a 2.0 vs 5.1 headphone comparison. No, for games it might not be as important but for watching movies on a flight it could make a difference because to me audio is just as important as visuals.

Re:7.1 audio? Why? (0)

y77 (692293) | about 11 years ago | (#6562352)

You're forgetting one important reason. They have been quite small. What M$ seems to take advantage of whatever features consume the latest poll... What's more, Pixie dust is going to the 10,000 RPM disk drive will fail miserably. Superior competitors such that can evaluate the presentation store 1.8 GB. They did not in 1995 when the type of gaming history. M$ gaining more (as if there is solid-state). I want a way, so that with handhelds when they produced all comes down to watch though, Im sure does well, and is a replacement for each headphone. Something is designed to a 16:9 widescreen. On a struggle it didn't fool anyone the designs around. They probably will never understand why Sony does as it's time to be a screen, no control pad. Don't they fall below the presentation store 1.8 GB? I will think they have. Makes me think of the name.... Oh and it's cheaper to duplicate the media beforehand. In conclusion, I can they manage to sell it.

PSP, also known as.... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562100)

a laptop.

Re:PSP, also known as.... (1)

gearheadsmp (569823) | about 11 years ago | (#6562345)

With a 16"x9" widescreen, it certainly won't be small. I say the Gameboy family will remain the most efficient. Heck, with a screen that big I bet it will cost at least $300 at launch.

Other specs... (4, Funny)

JoeLinux (20366) | about 11 years ago | (#6562104)

It will require the user to lug around a car battery to run, and the 10,000 RPM disk drive will generate enough inertial warping fields such that turning a corner while walking will take major effort...

Re:Other specs... (2, Funny)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | about 11 years ago | (#6562199)

Inertial warping fields? Where did you graduate, Billy Bob's School of Physics?

Re:Other specs... (1)

JoeLinux (20366) | about 11 years ago | (#6562265)

Er...sorry...Inertia...you know how if you have a gyroscope spinning, and you twist it, it will fight you? That's inertia...the "warping field" after it is the influence of 3 hours of sleep..

Re:Other specs... (1)

Frag-A-Muffin (5490) | about 11 years ago | (#6562215)

on the serious side .. the parent post is very true. Part of the reason why the GB(A)s do so well is because you can lug it around for a whole day without worry of charging or changing batteries.

the specs of the sony psp sounds all good and stuff, but it sure does sound like it'll take a lot of juice.

another thing. form factor. The GB(A)s have been quite small. With all these features, can they make it small enough. Come to think of it. Knowing sony, yeah .. they probably will be able to make it small enough. Now I'm curious! And this is coming from a Nintendor whore! :)

So now.... (5, Interesting)

ziggy_zero (462010) | about 11 years ago | (#6562108)

....you'll have to rebuy all your PS2 games you know and love, even though they'll be exactly the same on this.

Would it have been possible to make something that can take PS2 discs? I remember that portable PSX that guy made, it didn't seem too bad. Another idea would be to make a discman-like device you put in your pocket but it has a cable running to a screen/control pad thing. I saw a portable DVD player made by Sony at the Metreon last year based on that idea (although it was just a screen, no control pad).

Might actually be possible.... (1)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | about 11 years ago | (#6562363)

If we take a look at this picture [shoplifestyle.com] the main unit is pretty much the same size as the PSOne. Just add a few buttons on the bottom of that nifty little screen and you basically have a portable, full size DVD reading, games machine

Ouch (1)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | about 11 years ago | (#6562118)

Most interesting is that this device promises Playstation 2 level graphics
Don't they relise that if they do this sales in Playstation 2s will drop to near zero?

Re:Ouch (1)

Morgahastu (522162) | about 11 years ago | (#6562256)

Hmm considering this is just being shown for the first time next may (9 months from now) it probably won't come out for atleast another year or two after that. At that time the playstation 3 will be out or just about out, so I don't think they'll give a damn about the PS2.

Re:Ouch (1)

funkmonkeyfunk (648305) | about 11 years ago | (#6562366)

I'm thinking not so much. I see no specs for video i/o (or anything other than stereo output for the audio)
Until you can have a handheld like this drive, say, your 42" plasma screen and send 7.1 channel audio to your home theatre system,
its bigger, bulkier cousins will still have a substantial market share.

Why should anyone believe them? (0)

spectecjr (31235) | about 11 years ago | (#6562120)

This is the same Sony who claimed that they'd build a P2P network for the Playstation 3 whereby other people's PS's not in use would do all of the processing grunt work.

Completely ignoring the fact that with broadband, you're typically 30ms minimum from your nearest neighbor, and good gaming requires a guarantee of 16ms max.

They're a bunch of liars. Fool me once, shame on me. Except they didn't fool anyone the first time.

Re:Why should anyone believe them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562227)

uh...it's "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me..." just fyi.

Re:Why should anyone believe them? (1)

spectecjr (31235) | about 11 years ago | (#6562285)

I know. That was the abridged version, which actually makes more sense to me. You shouldn't be fooled the first time ;-)

Re:Why should anyone believe them? (1, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 11 years ago | (#6562315)

You can use other people's PS3s (well, PS4s, the PS3 isn't going to have the new cell processor) to handle other kinds of work besides processing which has to be done right now or just in time. For example, you could use their processing power to do simulations of long-term game dynamics like weather effects. Imagine if you had an empire building game (or anything else) whose weather was based on CFD. It doesn't have to be computed right away, just in a "timely" fashion (before too much time passes) and it could really enhance gameplay.

7.1 Audio? (5, Funny)

Boarder2 (185337) | about 11 years ago | (#6562121)

7.1 audio on a handheld? With headphones like that, you'll look like a cyborg.

PSX Happy Helmet? (1)

wikthemighty (524325) | about 11 years ago | (#6562191)


7.1 audio from my handheld!

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

POpualrity (1)

terraveneficus (693307) | about 11 years ago | (#6562132)

i think it might take a while to catch on....it will prorbaly have its major drawbacks such as short battery life and few games at the start but like xbox it may be the best in its feild but the first attempt by a company to put something into the market is always a struggle it willb e interesting to notice how this turns out

Re:POpualrity (0, Flamebait)

Ominous Coward (106252) | about 11 years ago | (#6562288)

XBox may be the most powerful machine out there, but it doesn't make it the "best". For one thing, the controllers just aren't very nice. The only worse controller I've seen is the N64 controller. Also, who wants an appliance that's the size of a microwave just to play video games?

Re:POpualrity (1)

terraveneficus (693307) | about 11 years ago | (#6562344)

again the first try at a new feild is always trying on a copmpany but if the product is truely good then it will work out okay the xbox did well enough for microsoft's first try at the market and i have a feeling no matter how big and bulky the psp is it will prolly have about the same popualrity as the xbox till the next gen comes out

2 weeks... (-1, Offtopic)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | about 11 years ago | (#6562138)

Until someone has a linux port.

Re:2 weeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562240)

2 weeks, for me to find you and port you to the realm of the dead!

Portable movies? (1)

pschmerg (621240) | about 11 years ago | (#6562151)

DIVX?? I need my pr0n portable, and I need it now!

Audio + Copyright (4, Interesting)

merlin_jim (302773) | about 11 years ago | (#6562160)

... 7.1 channel Audio

Why?

It's a HANDHELD!!!

I can just imagine the proprietary headphone now... it's a wrap around band for your whole head, with a subwoofer on top.

Oh and the name... PSP?

I hate to say that this guy [classicgaming.com] is already using the name....

Oh and in case I haven't karma whored enough?

Here's pics of the presentation [digitalbackspin.com]

Ugh. More proprietary media. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562166)

There are perfectly good open, royalty-free media options such as mini DVDs that store 1.8 GB.

I will never understand why Sony went with this proprietary medium. They are denying me as a consumer my fair use right to duplicate the media that I buy with my money. They are also denying me the right to burn copies of any disc I want, so that I can evaluate the media beforehand.

In conclusion, I predict that this device will fail miserably. Superior competitors such as the Nokia N-Gage (which uses MultiMediaCards) will emerge victorious.

Sincerely,
Seth "Expert" Finklestein

Could be interesting... (1)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | about 11 years ago | (#6562167)

I wonder if they will connect to Playstation 3s like Neo Geos connected to the Gamecube...

NGPC - Dreamcast! (1)

wikthemighty (524325) | about 11 years ago | (#6562241)


Didn't the Neo Geo Pocket (and Color) connect to the Dreamcast, not the GameCube?

(For all of like, 6 games, not all of which reached the US?)

FeEd Me! (1)

kermit6306 (568489) | about 11 years ago | (#6562168)

No word on how this will be powered..

Multiplayer games (0)

shrubsky (661474) | about 11 years ago | (#6562171)

The feature I find most interesting on this list is the 802.11. With that we can finally play multiplayer games with handhelds without tangles of wires! Perhaps it could also be used as a wireless controller for your playstation. And I'd bet money there'll be a web browser.

Yes, but... (1)

iacyclone (180583) | about 11 years ago | (#6562172)

will it have MD (MiniDisc) support? I've got to have that.

Perhaps a GBA/pocket pc killer? (1, Interesting)

nagisa_kaworu (670866) | about 11 years ago | (#6562180)

Sony has a real knack for convergence amongst devices. If proplerly implemented, this device could be an excellent multimedia/gaming/internet system capable of eroding futher nintendo market share and challenging the pocket pcs growing presence. As always, software will be the factor that will decide this devices fate. Certainly will be interesting to watch though, Im sure Nintendo wont take this lying down.....

More details (5, Informative)

momerath2003 (606823) | about 11 years ago | (#6562192)

Here is an article where this is all more clearly explained (and no Shift-JIS encoding, either):

http://pocket.ign.com/articles/430/430939p1.html

Sega (1)

Fux the Pengiun (686240) | about 11 years ago | (#6562221)

Will Sony be the next Sega? This appears to be a really innovative product, assuming all these "specs" aren't just marketing hype. Surround sound out of a handheld? PS2 GFX on a 1.25" screen? Riiiight...

Anyway, it reminds me a lot of sega, when they produced all those incredibly innovative products, like the SegaCD, the Nomad, the 32X followed by the 64X. However, despite the high quality of these products...nobody bought them. They were too ahead of their time. Now Sega's been relegated to the trash heap of gaming history. M$ seems to be where most of the gaming innovation is these days. With M$ gaining more and more market share with their XBOX, how long before Bill Gates introduces a handheld with features people really want, like video monocles and a direct nueral interface?

Walkman of this Century ? (1)

tealover (187148) | about 11 years ago | (#6562228)

Sorry, the iPod has already claimed that title [fortune.com]

Battery Consumption (1)

sy161e (615745) | about 11 years ago | (#6562238)

I think one of the beautiful things about the GBA is the extended battery life. (Where even the storage is solid-state). I fear that this portable device might need a fan *AND* a motor to spin the media to read from it, adding a severe drain to the battery... (Mind you, I'm no fanboy, in fact I'm excited for the PSP, but I'm curious how they can handle the power consumption...)

7.1 channel audio on a handheld device?! (0, Redundant)

cryptochrome (303529) | about 11 years ago | (#6562239)

7.1 channel audio on a handheld device does not make sense. You only need two channels - one for each headphone. Something is awfully inconsistent about this spec, and in fact many of the specs quoted are inconsistent with the fundamental limitations of a handheld device. If true, it implies that it is meant more as a replacement for the PS2, and is designed to be portable in the sense that it can be carried around and hooked up to various A/V systems, or at least is dual use. The only mention about the screen is that it is a 16:9 widescreen tft lcd.

hope it's not too late for GOATSE.CX !!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562249)

It's never too late for the WONDEROUS GAPING ANUS. Click now!! [goatse.cx]

Mandatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562268)

Link to portable Atari 2600

http://www.classicgaming.com/vcsp/VCSpStory1.htm [classicgaming.com] ;)

Of course, the gameboy advance looks like a supercomputer in comparison...

leveraging existing library key (2, Insightful)

smd4985 (203677) | about 11 years ago | (#6562270)

if the PSP is going to be successful it must be able to play PS1 and PS2 games. other companies have previously released more technically competent portables, but nintendo's strength lies in its VAST GB and GBA software library.

all about screen quality and -games- (3, Interesting)

*weasel (174362) | about 11 years ago | (#6562279)

sony needs -games- to compete with nintendo in the portable market.

whereas nintendo basically rolled over and gave up in the console market; the gameboy has fought off hoards of similarly impressive technical specifications.

sony needs a solid price, a solid lineup, and a good darn screen (properly lit the first time would be nice).

nice specs - but how about we hear a list of developers and games planned for the psp? or even the dimensions of the screen, or the battery life/recharge time?

after that 98% dip in revenue last quarter, it'll be interesting to see where sony puts its continued marketing force.

Kee-hrist on a moped... (0, Redundant)

mblase (200735) | about 11 years ago | (#6562282)

...doesn't this sound a bit excessive to anybody?

Wireless 802.11, USB 2.0, 7.1 channel Audio, and a 24bit 16x9 screen TFT LCD screen. Sony has called this device the 'Walkman for the 21st Century', and plans to allow the user to enjoy movies and music for the device, along with games.

wireless internet play... DVD audio and video... y'know, fully half the reason the Nintendo Game Boy series is so successful is because they make all their devices with a target price of $100, give or take. Portable DVD players are selling for $200-$300 these days, regardless of brand, and that's before you wed a powerful gaming engine and $50-$100 worth of wireless networking to it.

With those kinds of specs, I imagine it'll sell for something like $400 minimum, weigh almost as much as a laptop and suck batteries dry faster than James Bond opening a bra clasp. It's either baloney or it's a niche gadget, which is not something you want when you're marketing a gaming device.

GBA is dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6562295)

Run for cover!! Fart shockwave is coming from Nintendo HQ.

remember Game Gear? (0, Redundant)

gTsiros (205624) | about 11 years ago | (#6562300)

Battery time will be measured in usec.

Is it just me... (0, Redundant)

DJCouchyCouch (622482) | about 11 years ago | (#6562310)

Or is all that too much overkill?

DJCC

IrDA but no Bluetooth... (0)

mgaiman (151782) | about 11 years ago | (#6562312)

For a device such as this, wouldn't bluetooth make more sense as a limited transmission medium? Seems odd to user irDA instead...

What?? (3, Funny)

DogIsMyCoprocessor (642655) | about 11 years ago | (#6562337)

No VGA port for external video, or internal DVD burner, or full-size keyboard??? How the hell am I supposed to get any work done on this thing?

IGN has a nice write-up as well (4, Informative)

Randar the Lava Liza (562063) | about 11 years ago | (#6562341)

Check out the IGN article [ign.com] on the specs as well.

The device looks great, but how in the world will you power it all? Plus by including all the original buttons (although only one analog stick) this isn't going to be small by any means. This seems to be sized more like a micro laptop than anything else. However, using all the original controls lets them make it PSOne port friendly. In an ideal world you'd be able to rip PSOne cd's to this new format disc and just play them directly, but no way Sony would give up that much money in licensing.

Serious audio though, which hopefully will spur Nintendo to finally add dedicated audio hardware to future GBA's.

Impressive stats, we'll have to see how much they can deliver. But, hey, if they build a great portable with the same sort of size as my GBA SP, with a 10 hour battery, backlit screen, etc., I'd be glad to get one.

The 7.1 Audio (4, Insightful)

Morgahastu (522162) | about 11 years ago | (#6562347)

There's no way that this is meant to be used while playing games on the handheld. No sir.

As sony as mentioned, this will be an all in one media device. Let's compare it with somewhat similar media devices like the portable Archos video jukebox. It plays videos on a tiny little screen but you can plug it to your tv and enjoy the full experience.

My guess is that the PSP will have audio and video out to. Problem with 7.1 Audio is that you need an optical audio out cable, and it's not like many people even have 5.1 audio, or even receivers that have an easily accessible dolby digital input.

Anyhow, I am betting that this feature won't actually be used, they are probably just using Ps2 compatible hardware that's CAPABLE of processing 7.1 audio, but will not actually do it or output it. It's just ridiculous.
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