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February 03 2005

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PSP™ (PLAYSTATION® PORTABLE) AMASSES LARGEST LAUNCH LINE-UP FOR MARCH 24TH RELEASE

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PSP™ (PLAYSTATION® PORTABLE) AMASSES LARGEST LAUNCH LINE-UP FOR MARCH 24TH RELEASE

More Than 24 Titles From The World's Leading Software Development Firms Expected During Launch Window From All Major Publishers

FOSTER CITY, Calif., February 3, 2005 With unsurpassed support from the world's premier software developers, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the groundbreaking line-up of 24 titles for its revolutionary PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) handheld entertainment system, available during the North American launch timeframe. With a launch library more than triple that of our closest competitor, Sony Computer Entertainment America further displays the ongoing support for the new platform with an additional 23 titles currently in development. Consumers can expect Sony Computer Entertainment America's software titles to range from as low as $39.99 SRP.

Representing a broad cross section of entertainment genres, the diverse PSP system launch library includes titles from publishing leaders Activision, Capcom, Eidos Interactive, Electronic Arts, Koei, Konami, Namco and Sony Online Entertainment. Additionally, Sony Computer Entertainment America enjoys unprecedented support for the PSP with over 100 content developers and publishers on board worldwide to create titles for PSP, accounting for most of the software development community.

In addition to the massive gaming software line-up assembled to support the new system, PSP is the first truly integrated portable entertainment system designed to provide consumers with a comprehensive entertainment experience including music, movies, communication, and wireless networking. PSP features graphics rendering capability comparable to that of PlayStation®2, allowing users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality, full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. PSP also adopts a newly developed proprietary, compact, but high-capacity optical disc, Universal Media Disc (UMD™ ), as its storage medium. UMD is the next generation compact storage media, only 60mm in diameter but can store up to 1.8GB of digital data more than three times the data held on a CD-ROM.

"The high profile lineup includes a wide range of products that will appeal to every type of gamer - from the sports fan to the action enthusiast - providing consumers with the ultimate entertainment experience in the palm of their hands," said Andrew House, executive vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Combined with a strong first party lineup, the portable entertainment space will be catapulted to new heights as we engage in the single biggest consumer launch of the year."

"We are pleased to be building franchises for the PSP that will change consumers' expectations of portable entertainment content," said Jack Tretton, executive vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "PSP has allowed the development teams to create engaging content that is not only fun to play, but shows off the amazing technology of the unit, brining unparalleled visual quality to the portable entertainment arena."

Consumers can find the following titles available during the launch window at more than 18,000 retail locations (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Ape Escape®: On the Loose, Sony Computer Entertainment America

  • ATV Offroad Fury®: Blazin' Trails, Sony Computer Entertainment America

  • Darkstalkers Chronicle™: The Chaos Tower, Capcom

  • Dynasty Warriors®, KOEI

  • FIFA 2005, Electronic Arts

  • Gretzky™ NHL ®, Sony Computer Entertainment America

  • Lumines™, Ubisoft

  • Metal Gear Acid™, Konami

  • MLB™, Sony Computer Entertainment America

  • MVP Baseball, Electronic Arts   

  • NBA, Sony Computer Entertainment America

  • NBA Street Showdown, E lectronic Arts

  • Need for Speed™ Rivals, Electronic Arts

  • NFL Street 2 Unleashed, Electronic Arts

  • Rengoku™: Tower of Purgatory, Konami

  • Ridge Racer™, Namco

  • Smartbomb, Eidos Interactive

  • Spider-Man 2™, Activision

  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, Electronic Arts

  • Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix , Activision 

  • Twisted Metal: Head On™, Sony Computer Entertainment America

  • Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade , Sony Online Entertainment

  • Wipeout® Pure, Sony Computer Entertainment America

  • World Tour Soccer, Sony Computer Entertainment America

    About PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable)
    PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) is a new portable 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, PSP features a 4.3 inch widescreen, high-resolution TFT display.   PSP 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, USB 2.0, IR port and WiFi wireless LAN, PSP is the new entertainment platform from PlayStation.

    About Sony Computer Entertainment America
    Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) handheld entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. PSP is a new portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.

    Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP handheld entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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