LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 2, 2009 –Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today unveiled PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) go (PSP™-N1000), a new evolution of PSP™ handheld entertainment system, specifically designed to suit the digital lifestyle of consumers who enjoy downloadable content on the go. PSP™go will become available in stores on October 1, 2009, in North America, Europe/ PAL territories and Asian countries and regions at a recommended retail price (RRP) of US$249 and €249, and on November 1, 2009, in Japan at a RRP of 26,800 yen (including tax). With both the existing PSP™-3000 and new PSP™go, the company will further enhance the ultimate gaming and entertainment experiences on the go while providing consumers with the opportunity to choose the PSP™ system that's right for them.
PSP™go is ideal for today's on-the move consumers who prefer not to carry around disc-based content and are looking for on-demand entertainment. With the steady expansion of broadband network infrastructure, the number of users who download and enjoy digital entertainment content has been increasing remarkably. To address this growing trend, PSP™go replaces the UMD drive*1 with 16GB of flash memory to store a variety of digital entertainment content, offering users unlimited possibilities of portable digital entertainment delivered through PlayStation®Network. PSP™go, smaller and lighter than ever with a sophisticated design featuring an easy sliding display panel, is truly pocket-sized and can be taken everywhere. PSP™go will be available in Piano Black and Pearl White*2, two of the most popular colors since the launch of the PSP™ system in 2004. Along with PSP™-3000, PSP™go will further enhance the unmatched portable gaming and entertainment experience by offering users more opportunity to enjoy their favorite entertainment content such as games, videos, music and photos anytime, anywhere.
In order to meet the needs of the growing number of PlayStation®Network users looking for digital entertainment content, SCE along with third party developers and publishers will continue to enhance the content line-up within PlayStation®Store for the launch of PSP™go, scheduled this fall. More and more new and attractive titles will become available for download from PlayStation®Store as well as on UMD™. This broad content offering across all genres includes new games, free-demos, PS one® classics for PSP™, add-on items for game titles, and trailers.
In addition to accessing PlayStation Store directly from PSP™ using the built-in wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) feature or through the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™®) computer entertainment system, users will also be able to access and download a variety of entertainment content via their PCs using Media Go*3, a new software application. Media Go will enable users to access and download entertainment content on PlayStation Store via their PCs as well to easily manage PSP™ content on PCs, including games, videos, photos, and music. This easy to use software application will be available on a CD-ROM bundled with PSP™go.
Also this fall, a new music application specific to PSP™ that uses the "SensMe™ channels"*4; music recommendation feature, developed by Sony, also becomes available for download on PSP™. With this music application, users will be able to enjoy their favorite music stored on their PSP™ through a rich user interface, designed exclusively for PSP™. "SensMe channels" is a mood based music recommendation system that categorizes music content into channels such as "Relax," "Dance" and "Upbeat," and recommends music playlists for users.
Other features are:
With the introduction of PSP™go, SCEI will continue to vigorously expand PlayStation Network™'s digital content and services and build a stronger software line-up along with various marketing measures that match each region, while creating the world of computer entertainment only available on the PlayStation platforms.
*1 Content on UMD cannot be played back on PSP™go.
*2 Color variations may differ by countries and regions.
*3 Media Go also supports PSP™-1000/2000/3000. For those PSP™ users, the software is available for download from PlayStation Store official site (http://store.playstation.com)., "Media Manager for PSP™" will not support access to PlayStation Store, and it is required to use "Media Go" for accessing PlayStation Store.
*4 SensMe channels also supports PSP™-1000/2000/3000. Details will be announced at a later timing.
*5 Head-phone and head-set supporting A2DP, HSP, AVRCP profile can be used. Some head-phones and head-sets may not be supported.
*6 PS3™ wireless controller can be used. To register PS3™ wireless controller on PSP™go, PS3™ is needed. Some buttons and rumble feature will not be supported.
*7 Video-out cables and Cradle are sold separately in stores. Details will be announced at a later timing. Video-out cable and cradle for PSP™-2000/3000 cannot be used on PSP™go.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
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, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store.
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, PlayStation 2™, PSP™ and PS3™ systems 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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