Sony Press Conference
Sony kicked off another big press conference with lots of anticipation for the new PSP. Kaz Harai, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, introduced the sleek PSP, discussing features like the extended battery life, improved connectivity, IR data, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

He also showed video footage of games coming for the system, including Hot Shots Golf, Ape Escape, Wipeout, Twisted Metal, Spiderman 2, Need for Speed Underground and a new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater title.

The PSP uses a high capacity optical device format called UMD (Universal Media Disc) to store games, music and video. Each disc stores 1.8GB and will be regionally encoded.

Expect the PSP to launch in Japan in late 2004, with a US and European release to follow in 2005.

Not surprisingly, Sony announced today that they are lowering the price of the PlayStation 2 console to $149, including the network adapter and ATV Off Road Fury 2. More titles are on the way for PS2, including Gran Turismo 4, Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal online, Killzone and Jak 3. Sony also discussed the EyeToy's popularity - selling 3.8 million units in just 10 months. Stay tuned for some new games, including Sega Superstars and Dance Dance Revolution.

Finally, Sony announced "Cell"-based systems would be the main tool developers use to create video games. The first prototype stations using the "Cell" chip would be built in late 2004.

Game trailers courtesy of gametrailers.com





 
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