Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced today that their new handheld, the PSP (Playstation Portable), would be released in Japan on December 12 at a recommended price of 19,800 yen excluding tax (20,790 yen including tax). The PSP features an integrated high output lithium-ion battery which allows for play times between four and six hours for game titles and four and five hours for movie titles.(1) There will be a total of 21 launch titles across genres.
Quite a few accesories for the PSP were announced for launch alongside the Playstation Portable (PSP-1000). The Memory Stick Duo (PSP-M32) will be priced at 2,800 yen (2,940 yen tax inclusive). The Memory Stick will be 32MB in size and will use Sony's Magicgate copyright protection technology. The AC adaptor (PSP-100) can be used to power and/or charge the PSP's internal rechargeable battery. The cost of the adapter will be 3,500 yen (3,675 yen tax inclusive). The Battery pack (PSP-110) will be priced at 4,800 yen (5,040 yen tax inclusive) while its life (until charge is needed) has not been announced. The Headphone with remote control (PSP-140(W)) will be priced at 2,800 yen (2,940 yen tax inclusive) and will be white in color. The remote control portion will be capable of controlling the following features: Play/Pause, Fast Forward, Fast Rewind, Volume +/-, Hold. The soft case and hand strap will be sold together for a price of 2,000 yen (2,100 yen tax inclusive) and the colors will be black for the case and white for the strap.
While Sony has not announced an official date outside of Japan, they have said that they are working very hard to release the handheld in North America by March 31. At this time, Sony Computer Entertainment of Europe has not announced a release for European regions.
(1)Measurement conditions: display luminance set to maximum (180 cd/m2) and minimum (80 cd/m2) while volume is set to half of the maximum level, headphone in use and wireless LAN not in use.