The era of no-compromises handheld gaming has arrived. Get ready for immersive, 3D gaming on a console that is poised
to change the way we think about portable devices. With wireless internet, video and digital music playback, and incredible
data storage and connectivity options, the Sony PSP--or PlayStation Portable--is a complete solution for the mobile digital
lifestyle. Sony has hit the mark by combining both horsepower and groundbreaking features into a package that weighs
just a hair more than half a pound.
At the heart of the PSP is a new, proprietary media format known as the Universal Media Disc, or UMD. Each UMD can hold
1.8 GB of data, enough room for rich and complex games. UMDs, which are housed in a protective cover, slide into the rear
of the PSP. Sony has declared the UMD an open format for developers and media content owners, so movies, music and
other media are on the horizon from third parties. Sony has also signed on many popular game developers for the
platform, so a deep library of titles is on tap.
The PSP blows away the competition in the connectivity department. Indeed, the PSP's ability to connect to the internet,
and to other PSPs and USB-based peripherals, is a real advantage. At the top of the list is Wifi connectivity, or IEEE 801.11b.
Use this wireless internet standard to connect to other gamers around the world for hot multiplayer action--all from your
couch, or your local Wifi hotspot. As mentioned, the PSP's USB 2.0 port is great for PC connectivity, but it also opens the
PSP up for a whole range of future peripherals. Sony has plans for the PSP in other ways, too; the unit's infrared port
speaks of remote control capabilities in the near future.