Sony announced May 13, during E3, its upcoming
PSP with computing power comparable to the original PlayStation.
PSP will be powered by super chipsets utilizing the latest 90
nm semiconductor technology.
- Super-one-chip solution for graphics, sound, etc.
- Memory stick will be used for game saves. Also, for GPS functionality.
- Rechargeable battery.
- CPU: 90 nanometers with a clock speed TBD.
- USB 2.0 connection for talking to your PC, cellphone, even
- Embedded RAM.
- Supports additional video codecs (other than MPEG 4.)
- UMD or Universal Media Device. This storage
media is 60mm, about half the size of the traditional CD and
has a capacity of 1.8GB. That's right GB. Expect massively
complex, detailed gaming (for your handheld anyway). 2.4 inches.
- ATRAC encoding support (Sony's proprietary sound format used
in their minidiscs). This could mean it will be a multi-media
- Graphics specs are also impressive: NURB technology for rendering
with full 3D polygons.
- The unit's widescreen LCD screen (480x272, that's the coveted
16:9 ratio we all love) will be backlit.
- The unit's sound processing will feature full 3D sound, PCM,
and will be "fully reconfigurable."
- MIPS 32-bit processor.
- Also, a secure ROM cartridge for anti-piracy efforts.
|PSP with and without protective cover together with
a Universal Media Disc (UMD).
Sony PSP technical specification overview
PSP will have a 4.5-inch LCD screen, Memory Stick expansion
slots, stereo sound and USB 2.0 connectivity. PSP will use a
new optical media format UMD, half the size of a CD/DVD, capable
of storing 1.8GB of data. Video quality will also be enhanced
with MPEG4, which delivers quality equivalent to DVD video at
a low data rate.
Speaking at Sony's Transform 60 conference, Kutaragi dubbed
the PSP as the "Walkman of the future". And here it is, taken
from Ken's publicly downloadable presentation foils:
The PSP design certainly looks a league ahead of rival products,
such as Nokia's new N-Gage and Nintendo's hugely popular GameBoy
Advance and GBA SP. Of course, this is simply the concept design,
and the final result may be less sleek, depending on such factors
as ergonomics and manufacturing costs.
PSP will use Universal Media Disc (UMD), a
DVD-like dual-layer medium offering 1.8GB of storage. UMD comes with DVD-style
region coding and copy-protection mechanism based on the Advanced Encryption
System (AES). Each disc has a unique ID number too.
Sony has already said that the PSP will be powered by a 90nm processor built
from a MIPS 32-bit R4000 core. The chip will feature a SIMD vector processing
engine along the lines of Intel's SSE 2 and PowerPC's AltiVec. It will feature
8MB of embedded memory clocked to 333MHz and operating at 1.2V. The memory
bandwidth is quoted as 2.6GBps.
A second MIPS R4000 core will be used as the basis for the PSP's media engine,
with 2MB of embedded DRAM, and again fabbed at 90nm.
Alongside these two chips will sit two dedicated graphics processors, one for
high-level graphics manipulation, the other for the raw pixel shunting. This
second core contains 2MB of embedded video memory operating across a 256-bit
5.3GBps bus. It can deliver a fill rate of 664 million pixels per second in
24-bit colour and churn out 33 million polygons per second with transform and
The PSP will feature Dolby 7.1 multi-channel audio, with 3D sound. It will
support MP3, AAC and Sony's own ATRAC3 sound formats. It uses AVC (H.264) and
MPEG4 for video. The machine's UMD media can hold up to two hours' of DVD-quality
video or four hours 'standard' quality, whatever that is. Either way, movies
are displayed on the unit's 4.5 inch 16:9 widescreen ratio 480 x 272-pixel
LCD, seen here.
One of the key features of the PSP is 802.11b wireless networking for multi-player
gaming. However, speaking at a news conference yesterday, Kutaragi said Sony
will at some point add phone facilities, bringing the device even more into
line with Nokia's console/phone N-Gage.
Kutaragi also said that PSP will not be a single device, but a range of portbale
machines targeting different users. He also stressed that the handheld's design
has yet to be finalised. ®
The price will be very competitive around 150€ in Europe
according to Chris Deering from SCEE (€ correponds to about
1.1 dollar). This is a sensational low price. Obviously, Sony
intends to profit by selling a lot of games, movies, music etc.
The games, movies and music will be released on the new UMD discs.
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