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PSP Getting Smaller and Better

by Rainier on July 11, 2007 @ 1:40 p.m. PDT

Sony announced it is redesigning the PSP to make it 33% lighter and 19% slimmer, including a thinner, more efficient battery, 64MB of system memory and video-out capabilities allowing you to play games and movies at full standard-definition resolution on any progressive scan TV.

In addition to the "Piano Black" model launching in September in the Core Pack, the new PSP will also be available in two new limited edition colors in North America: A collector's edition "Ice Silver" PSP will be included in the Daxter PSP Entertainment Pack in September; and a limited edition "Ceramic White" PSP, including a Darth Vader silk screen on the unit, will be featured in the Star Wars Battlefront PSP Entertainment Pack launching in October. SCEA plans to make more than 140 new software titles available this fiscal year for PSP, in addition to the other great entertainment content coming on UMD.

While succeeding the basic functions and design philosophy of the current PSP including a 4.3 inch wide high resolution LCD screen, overwhelmingly large for a handheld device, new PSP is 33 percent lighter and 19 percent slimmer than the original version, making the all-in-one handheld entertainment system even easier to carry around at approx.189g in weight (weight of current model is approx.280g) and approx.18.6mm in thickness (thickness of current model is approx.23.0 mm).

Adding a video-out port (Video output cables sold separately) enables new PSP users to experience high quality UMD(TM) (Universal Media Disc) Video, pictures and movies from Memory Stick Duo and game software titles (Progressive TV and PSP specific cable required) on their TVs at home. Also, new PSP is equipped with enhanced feature to temporarily store game data from UMD, reducing load time during game play (depending on software titles). Moreover, the ability to charge the unit through PS3 or PC via USB cable during data transfer is newly equipped(*4), further positioning PSP as a true handheld device.

PSP Product Overview

External Approx. 169.4 x 18.6 x 71.4 mm / 6 3/4 dimensions x 3/4 x 2 3/4 in (width × height × depth) (excludes largest projection)
Weight Approx. 189g / 6.7 oz (including battery pack)
CPU PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1-333MHz)
Main Memory 64MB
Display 4.3 inches (16:9) full-transparent type, TFT drive,
480 x 272 pixel, Approximately
16,770,000 colors displayed
Sound Built-in stereo speakers
Main Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b)(Wi-Fi)
Input/Output High Speed USB (USB2.0) (mini-B)
Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM)
Analog Video Out
Main Connectors DC In 5V connector
DC Out connector
video out/headset connector
USB connector
Memory Stick Duo(TM) slot
Key/Switches Directional buttons (up/down/right/left), analog stick, Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square), L/R buttons
START button, SELECT button, HOME button
POWER/HOLD switch, WLAN switch display button, sound button, volume (+/-) buttons
Power sources Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack
AC adaptor
USB power supply
Internal disc Read-only UMD(TM) drive drive
Supported PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) Game profile UMD(TM) Video
Access Control Region code, parental control
Wireless Infrastructure mode
Communications Ad hoc mode (connects up to 16 consoles)
Supplied AC adaptor
Accessories Battery pack (1200mAh)

Supported codec (in Memory Stick)

Video -- Memory Stick Video Format
- MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC LC)
- H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile (AAC LC) -- MP4 File Format
- MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC LC)
- H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile -- CABAC only -- (AAC LC) / Baseline Profile (AAC LC)
-- AVI
- Mmotion JPEG (Linear PCM or µ-Lau) Music -- Memory Stick Audio Format
- ATRAC3(TM)
- ATRAC3plus(TM)
- MP3
-- MP3(MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer3)
-- MP4(MPEG-4 AAC)
-- WAVE(Linear PCM)
-- WMA(Windows Media Audio 9 Standard only) WMA Playback feature needs to be enabled

Photo

  • JPEG (DCF2.0/Exif2.21 compliant)
  • TIFF
  • BMP
  • GIF
  • PNG

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