Massive news for gamers this week as Sony took the wraps off its Portable PlayStation (PSP) personal gaming device. Set to line up against the GameBoy Advance and the Nokia N-Gage when it launches this time next year, it will come in several guises at least one of which is likely to incorporate a mobile phone.
At the Transformation conference earlier this week Sony firmed up a few of the device’s features. The player will use a Universal Media Disc (UMD), which offers 1.8GB of storage. In addition to the games the discs can archive two hours of DVD quality/ four hours of VHS quality video footage.
Other features include
4.5in 16:9 widescreen ratio 480 x 272-pixel LCD,
90nm processor built from a MIPS 32-bit R4000 core.
8MB of embedded memory clocked to 333MHz
Bandwidth of 2.6GBps.
A second MIPS R4000 core will act as the PSP’s media engine
Two dedicated graphics processors
Dolby 7.1 multi-channel audio, with 3D sound.
MP3, AAC and ATRAC3
AVC (H.264) and MPEG4 for video.
Wi-Fi for wireless gaming with other PSP owners