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PlayStation Portable To Launch Across Europe on 1st September 2005

26/04/2005 01:00

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that its highly anticipated PlayStation® Portable handheld entertainment system will be launched in Europe on 1st September 2005.
Following the success of the PlayStation Portable launches in Japan and the USA, PlayStation Portable will go on sale in the European PAL territories on 1st September 2005, available in a single version Value Pack, priced at €249 (£179). The PlayStation Portable Value Pack contains an added-value package of accessories and entertainment content, including the PlayStation Portable system with a pouch, 32MB Memory Stick Duo™, Battery Pack, Headphones with Remote Control, AC Adaptor, Wrist Strap, cloth and a video/music/game sampler Universal Media Disc™ (UMD™) including several non-interactive game demos.

A copy of Spider-Man 2, on UMD Video will be available free of charge to early purchasers of PlayStation Portable, who register their PlayStation Portable and order their Spider-Man 2 UMD Video through, the official SCEE web portal for PlayStation Portable.

PlayStation Portable features a 4.3-inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD that displays full colour (16.77 million colours) on a 480 x 272 pixel high-resolution screen. PlayStation Portable also comes complete with built-in stereo speakers, exterior headphone connector and a range of input/output connectors such as USB 2.0 and 802.11b Wireless LAN, enabling users to connect to the Internet and play online via a Wireless Network. Up to 16 PlayStation Portable systems in the vicinity can also be connected to each other directly in Ad Hoc Mode, allowing for Wireless head-to-head competition. In addition, Wireless capabilities will allow software and data to be downloaded to PlayStation Portable and saved onto a Memory Stick Duo.

PlayStation Portable uses a newly-developed proprietary storage medium named Universal Media Disc (UMD). This high-capacity optical disc is the next-generation compact storage media, and although only 60mm in diameter, a UMD can store up to 1.8GB of digital data – more than three times the data held on a CD-ROM. A broad range of digital entertainment content such as high quality 3D games, music, movies, video clips and other media can be distributed on UMD.

“PlayStation Portable will revolutionise portable entertainment, giving users the freedom to play full 3D games, watch movies, listen to music and connect wirelessly on their terms, wherever and whenever they wish to do so,” said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “More than ever, today’s consumer demands access to their personal entertainment outside the home, without compromising quality. With more than 100 PlayStation Portable game titles currently in development worldwide, and the ability to download and listen to music, and view feature films with breathtaking screen quality, PlayStation Portable lets users control their entertainment options, all in a single package.”

PlayStation® Portable Basic Specifications and Features
Product Name: PlayStation® Portable
Colour: Black
Product Code: PSP-1003K, PSP-1004K
Dimensions: Approximately 6.7 in (W) x .9 in (H) x 2.9 in (D)
Weight: Approximately 280g / .62 lbs (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 colours
Maximum luminance: 180 / 130 / 80cd/m2 (when using Battery Pack)
Maximum luminance: 200 / 180 / 130 / 80cd/m2 (when using AC Adaptor)
Sound: Built-in stereo speakers
Main Input/Output: IEEE 802.11b
Memory Stick Duo™
High Speed USB (USB 2.0)

Main Connectors
Memory Stick Duo™ slot
USB connector
DC OUT connector
DC IN 5V connector
Headset connector
Power: Lithium-ion Battery
AC Adaptor
Disc Drive UMD Drive (Read only)
Profile: PSP Game
UMD Audio
UMD Video
Codec:[Video]: “UMD”: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile Level 3
[Video]:“Memory Stick”: MPEG-4 SP, AAC
[Music]: “UMD”: linear PCM, ATRAC3plus™
[Music]:“Memory Stick”: ATRAC3plus™, MP3(MPEG1/2 Layer3)
[Photo]: JPEG (DCF2.0/Exif2.21)
Security: (Encryption) 128bit AES (Copyright protection technology)
Access control: Region, Parental Control
Wireless communications
IEEE802.11b Infrastructure Mode
Ad Hoc Mode (connects up to 16 PSP systems)
PlayStation Portable Value Pack supplied accessories
AC Adaptor
Battery Pack
Memory Stick Duo™ (32MB)
Pouch (Black)
Headphones with Remote Control (90dB limited*) (White)
UMD In-pack Sampler
Wrist Strap (White)
Cloth (Light Grey)
* conforming with European standards

Notes to Editors:

About PlayStation® Portable
PlayStation Portable is a new handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. With graphics rendering capability comparable to that of PlayStation®2, PlayStation Pportable features a 4.3 inch widescreen, high-resolution TFT display. PlayStation Portable also adopts a newly developed compact but high-capacity (1.8GB) optical disc, Universal Media Disc (UMD), as its storage medium. With a wide range of accessories and connectivity options, including Memory Stick Duo™, USB 2.0, IR port and Wireless LAN.

Images of the PlayStation Portable system are available from the SCEE Virtual Press Office at

For more information contact:

Nick Sharples.
Tel:+44 (0)20 7859 5301
Mobile:+44 (0)7764 286 495