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Japan Gets New PSP in Six Colors

Posted in PSP,Sony by Reuben Drake on July 18th, 2007

PSP lite comes in six colors in JapanIn addition to the three colors we get here in the U.S., today Sony made it known that those in Japan will get 3 more metallic pastel-looking colors to select from for the PSP lite. The three basic colors available are black, white and silver, with the additional “lite” colors being pink, purple and blue. No word on these colors officially coming our way but you can bet that some of them are likely to make it to the U.S. one way or another.

Source via Engadget

Digital 1seg TV Antenna for PSP

Posted in 1seg,PSP by Chris Weber on July 17th, 2007

PSP-S310 1seg digital tv antenna for the Sony PSPWhen the new slim PSP launches on September 20th, those with 1seg digital TV available in their area will be able to pick up television signals through their handheld game console.

The PSP-S310 1seg antenna will mount on the top of the PSP similar to how the EyeToy does and according to Kotaku will bring in so-so reception until they get some kinks worked out. Good reception or not this is both really cool and almost meaningless to us in the U.S. where 1seg just isn’t available.

New Slimmer PSP to Replace Old

Posted in News,PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on July 15th, 2007

Slimmer Sony PSP to replace older modelSony has officially come out to say that they are going to replace the original version of the PSP with the newer, slimmer PSP when it launches in September.

“The newly designed PSP will replace the original PSP design starting in September with the $169.99 PSP Core Pack and the $199.99 Daxter PSP Entertainment Pack.”, said Senior Public Relations Manager for Sony Computer Entertainment America, Patrick Seybold in an interview with IGN.

This really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone since the newer one is basically the same product. It’s a little bit lighter and thinner, has a couple new cool features such as the video out port and it will go for the same price. Of course if you like your things a little on the bulkier side then this will come as bad news, but I’m going to …

New PSP From Sony – Slimmer & Lighter

Posted in News,PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on July 11th, 2007

PSP Slimmer and Lighter from SonyToday Sony confirmed rumors of a new PSP Lite and announced the release of a slimmer, lighter version of the PSP handheld game console. The changes to the PSP are not drastic by any means, but it will come out 33% lighter and 19% thinner.

In additional to it’s new svelte profile the new PSP will include a video out port which is something many had hoped for. Now movies, pictures and games can be seen on a screen larger than the 4.3 inch LCD on the console (yep, this stayed the same size). Sony also added the ability to charge the PSP through a USB cable from your computer, and added some internal memory to help speed up the load times for games.

The thinner PSP will start shipping in September in colors including the familiar piano black along with newly …

iPSP – iPhone Look For Your PSP

Posted in Hacks,PSP by Darrin Olson on July 8th, 2007

iPSP is a software for your Sony PSP to make it look like the iPhone interfaceAny of you that own a Sony PSP and don’t own an iPhone can still manage to get a little of the iPhone juice on you, even if it’s not the real deal. iPSP is some software you can download and transfer onto your Memory Stick and then use on your PSP. It provides a menu system that looks very similar to the iPhones, and is actually functional providing access to things like email, photos, IM’s and other apps.

It doesn’t look quite as nice as the real iPhone, and of course there’s no fancy touch screen, but it does look pretty cool to try out before someone takes it down. Also, instead of the iPhone switching from portrait to landscape when you rotate it, the directions instruct you in just the opposite …

PSP 3.5 Firmware Upgrade Update

Posted in PSP by Darrin Olson on June 24th, 2007

PSP Firmware gets upgrade to 3.5When Sony released the version 3.5 firmware upgrade at the end of May the big talk was the new Remote Play functionality that was added through the update and little else. Lightly grounded rumors had been floating since the firmware release that it may have also increased the processor speed of the PSP, but it’s pretty hard to tell since all the games running on it are at the 266 MHz speed.

When the PSP was originally released the processor had more speed potential but it was capped due to what most assumed was to prolong battery life, but now Sony has confirmed that the 3.50 firmware upgrade did indeed increase the processor clock speed from 266 MHz to 333 MHz.

Increasing the speed lets developers create games utilizing the faster processor, but could also cut short the battery life. Current …

Slimmer PSP In the Wings

Posted in PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on June 9th, 2007

Slimmer design coming for the Sony PlayStation PortableFor a few weeks there has been a fair amount of talk about a new PSP design coming from Sony. Now Kotaku is reporting from inside sources what they believe to be the final specs for what they are calling the “PSP Slim”, although an actual name hasn’t been released.

The new PSP2, or whatever it will be called, isn’t a total redesign and will be using the same hardware from the existing PSP, but it will sport a “much slimmer design”. The battery life is expected to quadruple partly due to a more power efficient LCD screen, and they’ve also found a way to make the UMD games load a little faster.

The new PSP design will have some built-in internal memory with it instead of having to rely on an external Memory Stick. In fact it will house …

Remote Play on PSP with firmware upgrade

Posted in PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on May 31st, 2007

Remote Play to PS3 added to latest PSP firmware upgradeSony has now released a new version of its firmware for the Playstation Portable (ver. 3.50) that enables the Remote Play capabilities through a wireless internet connection from your PS3 sitting in the next room, the next town or the next country.

The Playstation 3 firmware was updated recently as well in order to support this feature and the PSP upgrade closes the loop to allow you to control your PS3 using your PSP. The Remote Play feature to me sounds a little better than it is. Remote Play almost implies that you can actually “play” your PS3 games on your Playstation Portable, when in fact you can’t. You can however play videos, music and view photos that are stored on your PS3 through your PSP, but that’s it, at least for now.

You can upgrade your PSP to the …

Sony PSP Go!Cam

Posted in Digital Cameras,PSP,Sony by Chetz on May 2nd, 2007

Sony Go!CamWell that didn’t take long. Just last week Sony announced their PlayStation Eye for the PS3 and now they’ve told European PSP owners to expect their own ocular add-on in just over two weeks.

The Go!Cam will street on May 16 and cost about 35 pounds (US $70). It can take up to two-and-a-half hours worth of video/audio (it’s got a built-in mic) or about 40,000 photos with a 4 Gig Memory Stick PRO Duo. Best of all, thanks to the PSP’s wireless abilities you can transmit those files without the need for cords and clutter. The tiny chrome camera has a 180 degree vertical range but no horizontal movement. The Go!Cam will come bundled with Go!Edit software which allows you to edit and store your video and audio files.

So far Sony has only issued price info and a release date for its European customer …

PSP Price Cut in UK

Posted in News,PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on April 23rd, 2007

Price drop on Sony PSP in UKThings just weren’t fair when Sony announced a 20% price cut on the PSP in the US but nowhere else. To even things up a bit Sony today has announced that Europe too will now see in drop in the price by £50 bringing the retail list down to £129.99. Should we expect Japan to be next?

In addition to the cut in price five new Platinum game titles are launching at the same time with a low price of £14.99 each. Ridge Racer 2, Tekken, Killzone, Loco Roco, and Moto GP round off the new titles that will be available from Sony for the PSP.

All this doesn’t happen until May 4 and still keeps the price higher than the Nintendo DS which is already consistently outperforming the PSP in sales.

Sony Announces Price Cut on PSP

Posted in News,PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on April 8th, 2007

Price cut announced on PSP from SonySony has officially announced a price drop in the US for its PlayStation Portable by $30 bringing the purchase price down to $170, as well as a 20% drop on the PSP Entertainment pack which now sells for $200. This price drop coincides with the second anniversary of the handheld game console.

Could this be because the game is getting old and just not selling, or maybe in anticipation of the PSP2? Maybe they just need to boost some sales to make up for the $443 million operating loss Sony recently reported, or possibly they are trying to be more competitive with the Nintendo Gameboy and DS?

No matter what the reason it’s good for those already considering the PSP as Sony just saved you some bucks, and as a little tip from The Brick, check out TigerDirect. They …

PSP Firmware Upgraded, Cracked on Same Day

Posted in Hacks,PSP,Sony by Darrin Olson on January 31st, 2007

PSP firmware upgraded to 3.10, hacked the same dayYesterday Sony released a version 3.10 firmware upgrade to the Playstation Portable system with some increased security among other new features. By the end of the same day, hackers had already decrypted the 3.10 firmware to allow third party applications to run on the PSP.

The party claiming responsibility for the PSP hack, “C + D”, was boastful about the day 0 hack of the new firmware stating, “$ony has lost another batle and will loose the war…”. Obviously they are better at hacking than they are spelling.

The new firmware updates for Sony’s PSP include support for an expansion of Playstation titles, support of MPEG-4 AVC format video files, a Conserve Memory feature and a dynamic sound normalizer. In addition, and more interesting in this upgrade is the ability to download demos directly to the PSP or transfer …

Top 10 Console Video Games of 2006

Posted in Games,Microsoft,News,Nintendo,PS3,PSP,Sony,Wii,Xbox 360 by Chris Weber on January 14th, 2007

madden 07 top selling game of 2006The PlayStation 2 and the Xbox 360 had a pretty good year with game sales. This news comes on the heals of PlayStation 2′s surprising sales showing.

Of course Madden topped the charts as usual. Of some surprise is the number of Super Mario Bros. games sold for the Nintendo DS. The Super Mario franchise continues to shine and Mario apparently ages very well. Another interesting sales figure is for the Brain Age title. Not a game so much as a series of brain teasers and mental exercises developed by Japanese neuro-scientist Ryuta Kawashima, the title’s strong showing gives us evidence that video games do make you smarter!

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Now Get Your Sony PSP in Champagne Gold

Posted in PSP,Sony by Chetz on January 10th, 2007

Sony PSP Champagne GoldSony has another new Playstation Portable color coming out in conjunction with the new Monster Hunter Portable 2 game in a special limited edition package – champagne gold.

US customers will have to still put up with the black PSP, at least for now, but Japanese customers can add the champagne gold color to the list of white, blue, pink and silver that is already available. The gold colored PSP will come in a pack including a case, cleaner, the Monster Hunter game and some PSP skins in case you want to disguise your bling for some less formal occasions.

The limited edition pack will be available on Feb. 22nd of this year, and according to PSPFanboy, there will only be 22,222 of them available. Pre-ordering of the champagne gold Sony PSP is available at Play-Asia.com for the yen equivalent of about …

Sony To Offer Video Downloads to PSP

Posted in Digital Video,News,PSP,Services,Sony by Darrin Olson on December 19th, 2006

Sony PSP Movie DownloadsAccording to the Financial Times, Sony has plans to start allowing video downloads to the Sony PSP. This would be direct competition for the video iPod from Apple, and according to Sony this would really “open up” the movie download market. Apple iTunes only provides downloads to the iPod and only Disney movies have been available to download due to fear of piracy from other studios.

Fortunately for consumers the new movie download service would not require a new distribution or upgrade of the PSP. This is also important to Sony after having their troubles earlier in the year and will help make the offering more accepted and ultimately successful. In order to enable the downloads without any changes to the PSP, the movies would download onto flash media, in particular a Sony Memory Stick in which at 4GB would allow users to …