Monday, February 07, 2005

Painfully Sexy Portable



The PlayStation Portable is Sony's first major push into the handheld gaming market which was previously dominated by the Nintendo Game Boy franchise. The Sony PSP is a complete handheld entertainment system that can play games, music, and movies. The PSP features built-in stereo speakers, a high-resolution, 4.3-inch TFT display, and can produce close to PlayStation 2-level graphics. The unit also has built-in Wi-Fi networking capability, and it supports the Sony Memory Stick Duo as well as a new Universal Media Disc (UMD) media format.


The PSP accepts the Memory Stick Duo and UMD media formats. Users will be able to play music and movie files from the memory stick, but retail games and movies will be sold in UMD form. Sony has indicated that it might be possible for users to download games in the future, but that functionality doesn't exist yet. The UMD is a 60mm optical disc that can hold up to 1.8GB of data. This isn't quite the size of a single-layer 4.7GB DVD, but 1.8GB is still plenty, considering that it's more than twice the size of a normal CD-ROM. Sony has started the process of opening the UMD format to allow third-party content producers to release music and movies in the UMD format.


The Sony Memory Stick is one of the removable flash memory formats used in consumer electronics, such as digital cameras, MP3 players, and PDAs. Other popular removable flash memory formats include CompactFlash and Secure Digital. The PSP supports the advanced Memory Stick Duo, which includes the Memory Stick Duo, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo, and the Memory Stick Pro Duo formats. Unfortunately, the PSP is only compatible with the smaller "Duo" format. Regular, normal-sized memory sticks won't be able to fit into the PSP memory slot. Sony manufacturers its own Sony-branded Memory Stick Duo cards, but you can find less expensive cards from other manufacturers, such as SanDisk and Lexar.


The Sony PSP has built-in 802.11b Wi-Fi support that allows up to 16 PSPs to connect to each other over an ad hoc wireless network. The PSP also supports an "infrastructure" mode that will allow the PSP to connect to the Internet through a wireless access point, such as a wireless router at home or a public Internet hot spot, but Sony hasn't implemented the infrastructure mode yet. Users can currently only play each other over local, ad hoc wireless connections.

An i-Pod, portable DVD player, a PS2 all in one gorgeous package.
Me. Swooning.

Must. Save. For. This.

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