When both Nintendo and Sony announced in 2004 that they were planning on releasing next-generation handheld consoles in the Spring of this year, a good old-fashioned console battle was expected, as two giants of the industry fought for dominance in a market previously lorded over by Nintendo. However, it became apparent during the course of 2005 that Nintendo looked very likely to hit their deadline, but that Sony did not. This was borne out in March when the Nintendo DS console hit our shelves, but with not a peep out of Sony regarding their highly anticipated PlayStation Portable (PSP). We recommend that you should update with the ข่าวIT.
After much waiting and wondering, a September 1st release date has finally been confirmed by Sony. The reason given for the long delay of the European release is that the demand for the console in Japan and the US has been so high that all of the units that Sony had been producing had to be shipped to those regions, leaving insufficient stock for a European-wide release. Hmmm, ok. Sony’s announcement means that the DS will have a head start of nearly half a year, but if you look at what the PSP is capable of, it looks to be well worth the wait.
Firstly, there’s the simple fact of just how much the PSP can actually do. The PSP is not just a games console, it will also play movies and music, and you can view photos on it too. The PSP is also fully wireless, with its 802.11b Wireless LAN allowing you to both connect to the Internet and play games online, download music or movie trailers and also connect to other PSP systems in the vicinity for wireless head-to-head gaming, with the ability to connect up to 16 PSPs simultaneously! The PSP has a 4.3″ widescreen TFT LCD display that allows you to play your games and watch your movies in full, vibrant colour and full 3D, in 480 x 272 high res. It has both built-in speakers and a headphone socket and uses a Memory Stick to store data, software and game saves. The PSP Value pack contains everything you need to get started and get the most out of your console. It includes the PSP itself, a 32MB Memory Stick Duo, a carrying pouch and wrist strap, headphones with remote control, a battery pack and AC adaptor, a cloth and a demo UMD disc.
With it’s multimedia capabilities, the Sony PSP is as advanced a machine as is available right now. It will appeal not just to gamers, but to those looking for one unit that will fulfill all their handheld media requirements. That’s not to say that it will only appeal to those looking for multi-functionality though, because as a standalone games console it, quite simply, rocks! The graphics are the equivalent to the PS2, and have to be seen to be believed – you just won’t believe you’re really playing a hanheld console. And if the long list of the PSP’s abilities wasn’t impressive enough, it’s all wrapped up in a sleek, beautiful design, that only adds to the must-have quotient of the machine. When the next-generation comes along and blows out of the water everything that has come before it, you know you’re onto a winner, and the PSP is a winner through and through. Even if you’ve never been tempted to try out handheld gaming, this gadget will make you sit up and take notice.