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E3 - Sony Drops PS2 To $149, Shows PSP, Hints At PS3

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the many-pee-ess-es dept.

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JSDopefish writes "Not much of a surprise, but Sony announced today at their E3 press conference that they're lowering the price of the PlayStation 2 console to $149, including the network adapter. That matches the already in-place $149 price of the Xbox system. The GameCube remains at $99." Elsewhere, jasoncart writes "Sony has just unveiled their Playstation Portable specs to the enthralled masses at their pre-E3 conference in LA. The result is the first photographs of the new device (alt. link), confirmation of the impressive specifications (Wi-Fi ahoy!) and hints on the games we'll be playing on the PSP, including 'clips of Gran Turismo... Wipeout [and] Metal Gear Solid'." 1UP also discusses mentions of the PlayStation 3 in the press conference, including "some rather grand predictions for the future of Sony's game console efforts."

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FP FOR JUSTICE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120067)

pwnt pwnt pwnt hahahahahah woot

What the hell, is this E3 week on slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120204)

Oh, wait...

Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (-1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120075)

The XBox does.

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (2, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120095)

Yep

But it'll cost you a few hundred bucks, and its severely crippled.

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120118)

Ah, so it runs the licensed version of SCO/Gentoo ?

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (4, Funny)

Jason1729 (561790) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120283)

Isn't that Sony's motto these days?

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (1)

alonso (63617) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120097)

yes, of course!

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120105)

I think so...

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (5, Informative)

Globe199 (442245) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120106)

Yes, the PS2 runs linux:

http://playstation2-linux.com/

Quite well-established, actually.

Globe199

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (1)

VanWEric (700062) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120149)

With this newest price cut, is it finally reasonable to cluster these little guys? I'd really like to get a few more flops under my belt with finals coming up - 4 math/sci/engineering courses + Euler = I need more computing power if I want to go home before the summer is over.

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (3, Funny)

worst_name_ever (633374) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120275)

I'd really like to get a few more flops under my belt

Overdid it on the herbal Viagra, eh?

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (1)

anthonyclark (17109) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120279)

instead pick up a bunch of old PCs in the local papers' classified adverts. Then cluster those together, if you must cluster something.

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120291)

I think his original comment should have said something like "does the PS2 run a current version of Linux for much less than the Xbox"

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (1)

Taxilian (516595) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120146)

I'm pretty sure it can... I think it just doesn't have as much PC-like hardware, so you can't do as much with it.

Re:Yea, but does the PS2 run Linux? (4, Informative)

incubusnb (621572) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120179)

it does, and you don't even have to Hack the PS2 to get it to run Linux, you just have to Buy the Linux Kit from Sony

poor microsoft (-1, Flamebait)

Taxilian (516595) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120086)

Poor microsoft... they'll have to lower the price of the xbox *again*... pretty soon it won't be making money, and it'll just be a big black hole for gates to dump his excess cash into. I feel his pain... wait, no, that's just heartburn from the taco I had for lunch. =]

Re:poor microsoft (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120098)

Pretty soon? They were selling it at a loss on launch day, it's just been getting worse since then.

Re:poor microsoft (5, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120189)

No, it's been improving, and ahead of schedule. Word is xbox will profitable sooner than originally expected, due to increased sales and drastically lower production costs. It makes me wonder how much of that includes boxes sold to dorks who think buying xboxes to mod and run linux on "screws microsoft over". It doesnt. An item sold is an item sold.

Xbox outsold PS2 this month. The list of third party titles and developers is snowballing.

I really dont get being a fanboy for any console based on the "company x is evil!" philosophy. Both are big companies with histories of Evil(tm), hell add Nintendo and their emulator witchhunts and censorship of games to the list, oh and their illegal developer lockin contracts of days-gone-by. Hell, if they had their way, Capcom, EA, et al would be contractually obliged to only develop for them.

Re:poor microsoft (1)

hambonewilkins (739531) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120190)

They were selling it at a loss on launch day, it's just been getting worse since then.

Time and time again this has shown to be false. Microsoft has continued to redesign the Xbox (ie combining separate processors) to lower the costs of production. It has been shown that they effectively reduced the costs through these redesigns, in addition to the costs saved by using older hardware. I don't think the loss has been getting worse, but rather better.

Re:poor microsoft (2, Insightful)

nate1138 (325593) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120164)

Hello, earth to guy with no clue how the market for game systems works. Can you hear me?

Microsoft NEVER made any money on the Xbox. The console is sold at a loss, and the profits come from the games. I believe it took 3 titles purchased for Microsoft to break even when the XBox was launched. With the reduction in component prices and the increases in manufacturing efficiency, they probably aren't losing much, if any, more than they were when the console was launched.

Re:poor microsoft (4, Funny)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120210)

I'm going to buy an Xbox every week and throw it away just to hurt microsoft!

Re:poor microsoft (1)

bobej1977 (580278) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120282)

Dork Quixote?

No offense, just had to share that.

Re:poor microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120168)

I know (or rather, I heard from several sources) that the X-box was originally selling for less than the cost of the hardware in the box (something like $300 for the system, which cost them $400 to make or something like that). I'm curious -- with the standard price drops in hardware, is this still the case? Obviuosly it doesn't cost 300-400 to make anymore, but is it cheaper than $150 for them? Or are they still eating the cost?

Re:poor microsoft (1)

incubusnb (621572) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120206)

all Consoles sell at a Loss for usually the first year after release, after that, the Income starts catching up to the Expenses.

Re:poor microsoft (5, Informative)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120245)

Wrong. All consoles(except the Dreamcast and XBox) have sold at at worst a break even point upon launch.

If you count R&D sunk costs, they yea, they all sell at a loss, but that's not how you calculate such things.

Re:poor microsoft (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120306)

MS already doesn't make money on the XBox, their money comes from licensing and games.

It's like the old model of giving away razors and selling blades.

LK

As Madden would say... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120100)

Boom, he's on his back!

This will sell like acid at Woodstock . . . (0, Redundant)

dgrgich (179442) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120101)

I'm going to be in line on day one. It almost makes you feel sorry for Nintendo with that dual-screen monstrousity of theirs.

Re:This will sell like acid at Woodstock . . . (4, Insightful)

bludstone (103539) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120181)

I wouldnt be so quick to judge.

This will be an interesting competition. MANY technologically superior handhelds have gone up against nintendo, only to be defeated soundly.

Also realize that, if properly utilized, this touch screen could adapt the handheld to any control scheme necessary. Heck, Maybe in the future all controllers will be touch screen, and the button configurations will depend on the game programmers themselves.

We shall see.

Now. Gimme some ubisoft news. (play "beyong good and evil.)

Re:This will sell like acid at Woodstock . . . (4, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120304)

"I'm going to be in line on day one. It almost makes you feel sorry for Nintendo with that dual-screen monstrousity of theirs. "

Monstrosity? Sorry, I don't feel sorry for Nintendo here. The system has wireless capability built in. This means both head to head play AND net play. It's got the touch screen interface like a Palm Pilot, that means you can play multiplayer + chat. Forget doing that on the PSP. It plays GBA games. Sorry, no backwards compatiblity for PSP. It has a built-in microphone. Sorry Sony, no voice recognition for you. Undoubtedly, the Nintendo system will be a lot cheaper than the PSP as well.

Who should feel sorry for who?

Re:This will sell like acid at Woodstock . . . (1)

cens0r (655208) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120385)

Just out of curiousity, what would the PSP be backwards compatible with? You don't expect to put your PS2 or PS1 discs in a portable do you?

huh? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120103)

How many flies does it take to screw in a light bulb?

TWO!

Re:huh? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120152)

Funniest thing on slashdot, ever.

Re:huh? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120199)

How many Slashdotters does it take to screw in a light bulb?

One to screw in the light bulb, one to suggest porting Linux to the lightbulb, one to suggest porting NetBSD instead, one to remind the others that *BSD is dead, one to post an unnecessary "Micro$oft" comment, one to mod said "Micro$oft" comment to +5 Funny, one to submit it as an article even though it was "mentioned yesterday," and one to link to the Google cache of the link.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120285)

Don't forget the one who will blame Bush for the high price of lightbulbs.

Re:huh? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120294)

Yea but, how do you get the one that screws in the light bulb into the light bulb. As I understand it, the Slashdot demographic is made up of fat, pasty white, homosexual dorks and light bulbs are pretty small in comparison.

Re:huh? (4, Funny)

Espectr0 (577637) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120309)

How many Slashdotters does it take to screw in a light bulb?

You forgot one saying that in soviet russia, light bulbs screw you, one saying imagine a beowulf cluster of bulbs and one welcoming their new light bulb overlords

Re:huh? (2, Funny)

Frizzle Fry (149026) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120387)

You're neglecting the one who says "I'm a slashdotter, I don't screw anywhere, you insensitive clod!", you insensitive clod!

Big screen (1)

caramelcarrot (778148) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120104)

That's a mighty big screen, should be good for playing games/dvds/whatever, though I wonder how much it'll jack up the cost by? If it's too expensive, I doubt it'll appeal to the normal GBA-type kid market (or their parents, to be accurate)...

Re:Big screen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120131)

They're not going for the GBA audience, they're going for the (20-30 yo) PS2 gamers that don't wanna be seen with a Gameboy.

Re:Big screen (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120246)

I'm wondering what would happen if one where to plug a firewire DVD-ROM drive into it.

Familiar? (4, Interesting)

bizpile (758055) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120108)

Reminds me of the Sega Game Gear of so long ago.

Re:Familiar? (1)

yuckymucky (591284) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120144)

Hopefully it won't have the battery life that the Game Gear had. It does look pretty sweet.

Re:Familiar? (1)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120280)

I think it looks kinda awkward with that wide screen myself.

Will have to demo it at a store to be sure, but it seems like it would require you to be in an uncomfortable position while playing it.

Re:Familiar? (2, Interesting)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120392)

I still have my Game Gear. I bought a battery pack so that I could play longer. Recently I removed the dust from my Game Gear to show it to someone who thought that the backlit Game Boy Advance was the best thing since sliced bread. I could show him that I had the same thing ten years ago. Yeah, I know the games were more primitive, but still.

I wonder what would happen if I tried using those high-power NiMh AA batteries thought for digital cameras. The Game Gear lasted about 2 hours on normal NiCad batteries back in the day. Perhaps now I could squeeze 4 hours out of it ;-)

JESUS H. CHRIST!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120109)

i THOUGHT THE aPACHE SECTION COLORS WERE BAD WHEN YOU POSTED THE eVOLUTION CONNECTOR ARTICLE.

aAAAAAAHH!!!!! mY mYES!!!

WTF (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120114)

someone please put up a picture of the psp

More info on the PSP (5, Informative)

ProudClod (752352) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120119)

For more info on the PSP, including a look at the specs in depth, we've done an article over at GE.

Sony PSP Specs Information [gamerseurope.com]

Close examination of the specs seems to suggest some odd things - most importantly, it looks like Sony will be implementing region codes after all.

(I had submitted this article, but it looks like with this one FPed, my one will get lost)

Re:More info on the PSP (4, Insightful)

bludstone (103539) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120225)

I suggest taking these specs with a grain of salt.

Sony has a history of promising incredible things, and then backtracking on them a week or so before launch.

"ps2 renders toystory in real time." Indeed. PSH.

Re:More info on the PSP (2, Interesting)

VooDoo999 (619582) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120274)

What mainly killed the other challengers (in no particular order):
1) lack of (good) games
2) battery life
3) cost
Seems like 1 and 2 are taken care of - tons of devs signed and 10 hrs of game support from the li-ion battery. No mention if it's proprietary or not, it's handy to be able to grab some AAs in a pinch.
Curious what the cost will be.

Nintendo DS (4, Informative)

Microlith (54737) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120126)

And Nintendo finished their thing where they introduced the DS.

It's got both bluetooth local play for up to 16 players but also supports WiFi for internet play. Two slots for DS carts and GB/GBA carts, touch screen, 3D support (with Super Mario 64 and a 3D Metroid game on the way for it.)

To be honest, watching the demonstrations of it give me high hopes for the DS.

WHY! Why does a portable system have so many ports (4, Interesting)

DarkFencer (260473) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120127)

I know the financial reasons for it, but why must every damn portable system have so many ports from their non-portable cousins?

Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo... make some new games for launch! Don't just sell the system with "play your console games that you've already paid for on your portable!".

I don't mind a few ports, but if you look at the GBA it seems like a majority of the games are ports/remakes/pokemon. If the PSP will be the same I will great it less then enthusiastically. At least the GBA is $100

DID YOU LEARN TO READ BY PLAYING POKEMON??? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120180)

If the PSP will be the same I will great it less then enthusiastically.

Re:DID YOU LEARN TO READ BY PLAYING POKEMON??? (0, Troll)

DarkFencer (260473) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120203)

I'm glad the grammar nazi's are out in force.

Re:DID YOU LEARN TO READ BY PLAYING POKEMON??? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120255)

If I ever meet you, I will kick your ASS!!!!

Re:DID YOU LEARN TO READ BY PLAYING POKEMON??? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120398)

You seem to be admonishing the poster based on incorrect grammer. Shouldn't the title be :

DID YOU LEARN TO WRITE BY PLAYING POKEMON???

Re:WHY! Why does a portable system have so many po (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120236)

It appears, in the screenshots, that the version of GranTurismo is 4. The last version of GT available for PS3 is GT3.

I wouldn't mind playing GT4 but I certainly wouldn't only want it available on the portable.

Re:WHY! Why does a portable system have so many po (1)

incubusnb (621572) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120242)

frankly, i like the Idea of having Gran Turismo on the PSP, i just hope it'll link with GT4 on the PS2 so that i can have one GT save for both instead of 2 seperate saves

but i do agree that they should Emphasise creating new IPs(Intelectual Properties) for the PSP

Re:WHY! Why does a portable system have so many po (1)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120367)

Well first off, Pokemon ORIGINATED on the Gameboy so saying it they're all remakes is like saying every sports games series simply 'remakes' itself. That Metal Gear Solid 2 is just a 'remake' of MGS1 since they're both on the Playstation systems. Sony is just trying to cover their asses by releasing games with huge names on them. We've all seenen it before (Nintendo and Mario, Sega with Sonic). Can't say that I blaim them, but I will say I wish Sony would come up with their own ideas and stop relying on third-party developers (which have a tendancy to jump ship without warning.)

As for the old NES and SNES ports, thats mostly because Nintendo got tired of having to battle piracy over ROMs. We've all heard the argument before 'well if Nintendo doesn't want me to pirate a copy of Metroid for the NES, they should just re-release it or something'. Which, recently, they did.

Re:WHY! Why does a portable system have so many po (3, Insightful)

cubicledrone (681598) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120374)

have so many ports from their non-portable cousins?

Because games are too expensive to develop.

Re:WHY! Why does a portable system have so many po (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120384)

Because console gaming is not a monoculture. I've only owned Sega systems until recently, so all the ports to the GBA are new to me. Everybody that stuck with Nintendo can get a PSP and play the Playstation games they missed, and the young'uns who started with Playstation could get a DS and play all the games they missed.

Long term (1)

DarkMavis (767874) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120132)

I wonder if in the long term, the PSP will have any impact on the Gameboy. Many in the past have tried to dethrone the king but have failed. Look at the only handheld gaming device that had any market share, the Sega Game Gear. It was ahead of its time with a color screen but it was huge and ate batteries one after another. I'm sure the PSP will have some following but I don't think, in the long run, it'll make much of an impact to Nintendo's stronghold.

where? (0, Interesting)

AresTheImpaler (570208) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120133)

Ok damn it.. maybe a stupid question, but where is the best place to get all the e3 news? thanks!

Re:where? (2, Informative)

ProudClod (752352) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120196)

Sorry to pimp ourselves out yet again, but over at Gamers Europe News [gamerseurope.com] , we're working flat out to bring you the digest of all the latest news coming out of LA. Seriously, my keyboard is taking a major beating at the moment :)

Such is the life of a games journalist. It's harder than you think.

Re:where? (1)

AresTheImpaler (570208) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120231)

I was already looking at your site... thanks!

Re:where? (1)

Golgafrinchan (777313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120214)

I use IGN.com. [ign.com] .

Re:where? (4, Informative)

kevinvee (581676) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120251)

Blue's News [bluesnews.com] always has more gaming news than you can read in a day (but you should still try!), including slashdot-friendly summarizations of the proceedings. E3 Insider [e3insider.com] is the "official virtual gateway" to E3 that started I believe last year. I don't know to what extent the coverage will be, but its got more of a marketing feel to it so take that for what its worth.

GameTab.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120299)

I use GameTab [gametab.com] to keep up with the massive quantity of E3 news. GameTab uses RSS to show news stories from a variety of gaming news sources.

They've also set up a nifty page [gametab.com] where you can see all of the E3 headlines as they happen. They're a great news aggregator!

Re:where? (2, Interesting)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120352)

"Ok damn it.. maybe a stupid question, but where is the best place to get all the e3 news? thanks! "

I went to news.google.com, typed in the part I was curious about (Nintendo DS) and set it to "show stories from the last hour"... Not too shabby.

Not using Firefox? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120136)

Whoever checked this link [gamespot.com] clearly is not using firefox. It just gives us a nice view of a blank page. Strangely the google cache shows up just fine [google.com] .

Re:Not using Firefox? (1)

simoniker (40) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120166)

Actually, I think GameSpot are having network problems, which may be the issue - doh.

Re:Not using Firefox? (1)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120175)

I had problems seeing it in Firefox but it seemed to show up fine in IE. Haven't tried that google cache link yet.

wi-fi ahoy? (4, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120142)

Arghh, there be the dreaded wireless networking protocol, mateys. Sharpen your harpoons and we'll untether our gaming devices yet!

What precisely would place wi-fi into the sea-faring realm?

Re:wi-fi ahoy? (1)

nukem1999 (142700) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120349)

Because if you hit a wave when your handheld console is cabled to one on another boat, it's game overboard.

100th?? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120143)

Ok, the PSP looks cool!!! when can we get one...

shout out to http://www.goats.com/ ! not related to goate.se

Server Error in '/' Application. (4, Funny)

rjstanford (69735) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120158)

Shouldn't that read, Server Error in '/.' Application.?

cocktard (1)

ircbuddy (732046) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120170)

nt.

ps2 network adaptor? (0, Offtopic)

lawngnome (573912) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120172)

Why are they including this now? I understand why you would want it for certain games like EA's sports line or FF11 but is there really such a huge market to include it?

Not to bash the whole digital convergence thing, but Ive been very happy with my "old school" non connected ps2...

SoComII (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120226)

It freakin ROCKS!!!

Get a copy and get online so that I CAN FRAG YOUR PASTY WHITE ASS!!!

who cares? (1)

jared_hanson (514797) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120262)

Think of it as being included for free and quit your complaining. Is it really such a problem that you are getting more for your money? If you don't want to use it, don't plug a network cable into it. Then it will behave exactly like your "old school" PS2.

I could understand complaining if they started not including essential things like controllers, but this is just rediculous.

And we all know what chip the PS3 will use... (2)

Power Everywhere (778645) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120185)

The one [ibm.com] that's changing everything. :-)

Yay!!! Price Drop. (-1, Offtopic)

razmaspaz (568034) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120187)

Now I can finally justify replacing my stolen PS2. If I ever find the bastard that took that thing. Oooohhhh!

Slashdotted... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120193)

So here's the article:

With Sony's pre-show conference now in full swing the Playstation Portable has been fully unveiled to the awed masses. As well as the first images of the wee beast in action, we've news herein on the specifications and other such details, including clues to the titles that we'll be playing on this device Sony claim can produce full-motion "3D-CG" visuals similar to the PS2.
The PSP will initially be available in black, and will include a 16:9 ratio TFT LCD wide screen, centred on a sleek, ergonomically designed controller that Sony hope will fit snugly in the hand. The dimensions are 170mm x 74mm x 23mm and it will reportedly weigh 260g. The screen will support the full sixteen-million or so colours of the spectrum, in a resolution of 480 x 272. The positioning of the PSP's D-Pad and buttons are apparently based on the Playstation's - for convenience - and the device will incorporate stereo speakers, a headphone jack and volume/brightness controls.

Connectors offered include a full 802.11b wireless LAN option (for connection in the home and to the wider network), as well as USB 2.0. The wireless functionality will allow several PSPs to connect and enjoy multiplayer gaming or take the player online. Data will be downloadable wirelessly, via USB, or using the Sony Memory Stick compatibility offered.

PSP software will come in Universal Media Disc format, which supports 1.8gb of data, despite being only 60mm in diameter. This format will offer support for movie and music files as well as games and other software, and a robust anti-piracy encryption system is touted.

Here's the cold hard technical truths of this prodigious new handheld:

Product Name: PlayStationPortable (PSP)
Color: Black
Dimensions: Approx. 170 mm (L) x 74 mm (W) x 23 mm (D)
Weight: Approx. 260 g (including battery)
CPU: PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1~333MHz)
Main Memory: 32MB
Embedded DRAM: 4MB
Display: 4.3 inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD
480 x 272 pixel (16.77 million colors)
Max. 200 cd/m2 (with brightness control)
Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers
Main Input/Output: IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
USB 2.0 (Target)
Memory StickTM PRO Duo
IrDA
IR Remote (SIRCS)
Disc Drive: UMD Drive (Playback only)
Profile: PSP Game
UMD Audio
UMD Video
Main Connectors: DC IN 5V
Terminals for charging built-in battery
Headphone/Microphone/Control connector
Keys/Switches: Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Analog pad
Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Left, Right keys
START, SELECT, HOME
POWER On/Hold/Off switch
Brightness control, Sound Mode, Volume +/-
Wireless LAN On/Off switch
UMD Eject
Power: Built-in lithium-ion battery, AC adaptor
Access Control: Region Code, Parental Control

Accessories:
Stand
Headphone with remote commander
Headphone with remote commander and microphone
External battery pack
Case
Strap
E3 Prototype Exhibition: USB Camera for PSP
USB GPS for PSP
USB Keyboard for PSP

UMD Specifications
Dimensions: Approx. 65 mm (W) x 64 mm (D) x 4.2 mm (H)
Weight: Approx. 10g
Disc Diameter: 60 mm
Maximum Capacity: 1.8GB (Single-sided, dual layer)
Laser wavelength: 660nm (Red laser)
Encryption: AES 128bit
Profile: PSP Game (full function)
UMD Audio (codec ATRAC3plus, PCM, (MPEG4 AVC))
UMD Video (codec MPEG4 AVC, ATRAC3plus, Caption PNG)
The lucky blighters in Japan will be getting their paws on the PSP at the end of 2004, whilst North American and European gamers will have to wait until the Spring of 2005 for local launches. The following 99 firms have also pledged their support of the new device:

Slashdotted! (3, Funny)

MonkeyCookie (657433) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120197)

The web site is already toast. Looks like someone is running ASP.NET

Server Error in '/' Application.
Runtime Error
Description: An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed remotely (for security reasons). It could, however, be viewed by browsers running on the local server machine.

Details: To enable the details of this specific error message to be viewable on remote machines, please create a <customErrors> tag within a "web.config" configuration file located in the root directory of the current web application. This <customErrors> tag should then have its "mode" attribute set to "Off".

<!-- Web.Config Configuration File -->

<configuration>
<system.web>
<customErrors mode="Off"/>
</system.web>
</configuration>

Notes: The current error page you are seeing can be replaced by a custom error page by modifying the "defaultRedirect" attribute of the application's <customErrors> configuration tag to point to a custom error page URL.

<!-- Web.Config Configuration File -->

<configuration>
<system.web>
<customErrors mode="RemoteOnly" defaultRedirect="mycustompage.htm"/>
</system.web>
</configuration>

Mirror (1)

aardwolf204 (630780) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120355)


Mirror of images [csm.com]

Ok, now dont slash me, I'm one of you guys!

PSP looks very slick! (5, Funny)

Humorously_Inept (777630) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120198)

My N-Gage just scuttled back into the comforting environment of my pocket. I think it's crying.

Re:PSP looks very slick! (2, Funny)

fatgraham (307614) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120272)

so YOUR the guy who bought the other one

Workstation (4, Interesting)

leandrod (17766) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120224)

Not playing games, I was still interested in the workstation. As it seems the Cell processor is some variant of PowerPC, and given the current state of GNU/Linux in both Sony entertainment and IBM, it seems like a sure bet that this workstation will mark one more step by IBM in trying to validate GNU/Linux on the PowerPC as a general purpose platform rivalling Wintel.

Were I still in Europe I would hopefully already have an IBM POP-based Pegaso or A1 system running Debian GNU/Linux on the PowerPC. Sony seems to base their PS2 port of GNU/Linux on Red Hat. Perhaps the Sony Cell workstation will reach my country before the POP systems do.

While a port rivalling Wintel can only be a good thing, and perhaps may help validate GNU/Linux as a platform and give it a better competitive advantage agains MS, it still remains to be seen how much freedom will benefit, given the doubtful records of Sony (DRM, crippled PS2 GNU/Linux) and IBM (soft patents).

Swoon... (5, Funny)

bobej1977 (580278) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120232)

I realize how deep my geekiness really runs when I see things like the PSP. Were there cave men at the other end of history that couldn't wait to get their hands on the latest in sharp sticks?

WiFi? hrm.. (2, Informative)

d4rkmoon (749223) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120271)

Battery life must drain pretty quickly out of that. WiFi is a power hog. Or else they're sporting some new fangled battery pack. That, or you're getting some major suckage on range.

Addtional links (4, Informative)

doctor_no (214917) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120277)

Here are some additional links with pictures in case of /. effect:

Gamespot [gamespot.com]
GameAsylum [gamesasylum.com]
IGN PSP [gamesasylum.com]
Reuters [reuters.com]

and info about Movies and Music on the PSP [reuters.com]

Sega's "Big News"? (0, Offtopic)

Golgafrinchan (777313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120300)

According to this article [1up.com] , Sega's supposed to make their "big announcement" tomorrow morning. Has enyone heard any inside info about what this may be? New console? New Phantasy Star?

Mirror of Images here (2, Informative)

aardwolf204 (630780) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120314)


Mirror of Images [csm.com]

Just incase you get that nasty "Server Error in '/' Application."

SCE == Vaporware (4, Informative)

CMiYC (6473) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120316)

I'd like to point out that SCE is really good at promoting vaporware. They *always* announce incredible specs and features with their products, but then change over time.

These are just fresh on my mind... I'm sure there are older examples:

Remember how the PS2 was going to ship with a hard drive?

How about the LCD panel or AOL?

All the cool features that were going to be included in America's version of the HDD... web browser, music jukebox, etc... nope.

The PSX with all its great features... scaled back at the last minute.

I'd love to believe that the PS3 and PSP will come out with the features and specs promised, but I just don't think it'll happen.

I guess we'll see what happens. Of course, despite my negativity, I'm sure I'll end up buying a PSP to go with my PS2... ;)

ps3 workstation (3, Interesting)

Johnny Mnemonic (176043) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120323)


Article states that IBM and Sony are collaborating to develop a workstation, which will be used to develop games for the PS3. IBM will supply the OS, Sony will supply the development tools, etc. Seems like the emphasis will be on game-development, but will have other uses like movie editing etc (and who will develop applications for that process remains unsaid--Adobe? Avid?)

Question is, why redevelop the wheel? Why not use G5s from Apple? Or, G5s from Apple with a "PS3" personality PCI card? Wouldn't that be a whole lot cheaper?

Gameboy DS (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120338)

Nintendo's idea of having more than one screen on the gameboy is good .. BUT if the top screen of the Nintendo Gameboy DS were wider and high resolution that would make it more desirable than the Sony PSP.

Why is the top screen so square instead of rectangular? They have all that empty space on either side!

Annoying.

Re:Gameboy DS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9120379)

There are no real pictures of Nintendo's DS out yet, so time will tell.

Flawed design! (1)

oasis3582 (698323) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120363)

Didn't anyone notice the fact that when you are operating the d-pad, you will likely be covering the little-ass speaker? Also, when are we going to get a damn portable with analog control? Also, wonder what sort of screen covering we will be looking at. Finally, that would be so money if they had some sort of licensing where if you bought GT4, you'd get GT4 Mobile for half price or something. Just my 2c.

Why are people fawning over the specs? (3, Insightful)

LilMikey (615759) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120377)

Yes, they slaughter the GBA and Gamepark but those were fairly underpowered on release. Compare it to something like the Zodiac it doesn't beat it on any field except the 1.8gig disk.

We all know it's going to be the games that make the system... so I'm sure this thing will be stunningly successful. As for the specs, it's almost exactly what I was expecting at the price-point, nothing more, nothing less.

How Can These Consoles Last So Long (1)

theManInTheYellowHat (451261) | more than 10 years ago | (#9120386)

The average life of a console (even one which is mostly a PC) seems to be measured in years, but we get a new PC's from Sony every quarter.

Does not Moore's law apply to game console's?
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