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August 20 2008

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New PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Comes With Advanced High Contrast LCD Screen and Built-In Microphone

Hitting the Market Worldwide in October 2008

PlayStation.com

Tokyo, August 21, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that it would launch a new PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system (PSP-3000) featuring an advanced LCD that further improves the very popular, high resolution PSP display. The new PSP will be available in stores in Japan, Asia, North America and Europe from October 2008.

While inheriting the basic design and functionality of the current "slim and light" PSP, the image quality on the new LCD screen is dramatically enhanced, and a built-in microphone is added to meet the PSP users' demand to enjoy games and content with voice input functionality without the use of a separate microphone.

Offering the highest-level contrast ratio, response time, and wider color gamut possible on a portable LCD screen, the new PSP is capable of displaying movies and photos in more natural and vibrant colors on its high resolution 4.3 inch wide screen. The new LCD screen adopts an anti-reflection technology, which enables users to see the screen more clearly in well-lit places, even when used outdoors. The built-in microphone will allow users to easily enjoy games that utilize a microphone, as well as Skype and other communication tools. Through these additional and upgraded features, not only will the PSP user experience improve, but content creators also will have more flexibility to develop creative, entertainment content for the new PSP.

Further expanding PSP's entertainment capabilities, the video-out port is also expanded to output gameplay in interlace format, which will allow new PSP users to enjoy games on non-progressive TVs by using separately sold cables. With the current "slim and light" PSP, games can be displayed on progressive TVs only.

In addition to the basic "Piano Black" color, the new PSP will also come in "Pearl White" and "Mystic Silver"*4 to meet variety of lifestyle and preference of all ages.

PSP is gaining overwhelming support from a wide range of users from all over the world through its exciting lineup of software titles as well as the introduction of color variations and network services. Since the launch of "slim and light" PSP in September 2007, the expansion of the PSP platform has been further accelerated, and more than 41 million units have been sold as of June 2008.

SCEI will continue to expand the PSP platform and create a new world of computer entertainment with the new PSP, building on the strong lineup of new game titles launching through the holiday season.

PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) (PSP-3000) Product Overview

Product Name PSP® (PlayStation®Portable)
External dimensions Approx. 169.4 x 18.6 71.4 mm / 6¾ x ¾ x 2¾ in (width x height x depth) (excludes largest projection)
Weight Approx. 189g / 6.7oz (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, 480x272 pixel, Approximately 16,770,000 colors displayed
Sound Built-in stereo speakers
Main input/output Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b) (Wi-Fi)
High Speed USB (USB2.0) (mini-B)
Memory Stick PRO Duo™
Analog Video Out
Microphone
Main connectors DC IN 5V connector
DC OUT connector
Video out/headset connector
USB connector
Memory Stick Duo™ slot
Key/Switches Directional buttons (up/down/right/left), Analog stick
Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square)
START button, SELECT button, PS 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 drive Read-only UMD™ drive
Supported profile PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Game UMD™ Video
Access control Region code, parental control
Wireless communications Infrastructure mode
Ad hoc mode (connects up to 16 consoles)
Supplied accessories AC adaptor
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
Motion JPEG (Linear PCM or µ-Lau)
Music

Memory Stick Audio Format
ATRAC3™
ATRAC3plus™
MP3
MP3 (MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer3)
MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC)
WAVE (Linear PCM)
WMA (Windows Media Audio 9 Standard Only)

Photo JPEG
TIFF
BMP
GIF
PNG

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and the company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) system. PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP is an innovative handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality fullmotion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the stateof- the-art Cell processor with super computer level processing power. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

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