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Another report By Charlie Sorrel : at August 21, 2008 | 7:42:10 AM
Sony Announces PSP 3000 Announced by Sony


Sony has announced the semi-successor to the Playstation Portable, the PSP 3000, which will go on sale worldwide Oct. 15. The International Herald Tribune is reporting that it will cost €200 (or about $294 in U.S. money), while the current PSP (€169, or $250) will remain on sale.

So what's new? Not much. The screen has been improved, and features an anti-reflective coating, higher contrast and a wider color gamut. This should translate into sharper, brighter and more colorful images. There is also a built-in microphone to make Skype calls easier, and a tweak to the video-out socket, "which will allow new PSP users to enjoy games on non-progressive TVs."

Perhaps most significant of all are the two new colors Sony has invented for the new handheld, two colors that are likely to be the only visual differences noticed by the casual viewer between the 3000 and the current Slim'n'light model. In addition to boring old "Piano Black," the PSP 3000 can be had in either "Pearl White" or "Mystic Silver," in order, as the press release says, "to meet variety of lifestyle and preference of all ages."

The €200 buys you the console and a game (or the Go! Communications software). Alternatively, you could spend the same €200 on, say, an iPhone, and get a slew of extra features. Just saying.

Read on for the full specs from the press release.

    PSP(R)(PlayStation(R)Portable) (PSP-3000) Product Overview

Product name PSP(R)(PlayStation(R)Portable)

External dimensions Approx. 169.4 x 18.6 x 71.4 mm / 6 3/4 x 3/4 x
2 3/4 in (width × height × depth) (excludes
largest projection)

Weight Approx. 189g / 6.7 oz (including battery pack)

CPU PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1-333MHz)

Main memory 64MB

Display 4.3 inches (16:9) full-transparent type, TFT
480 x 272 pixel, Approximately 16,770,000 colors

Sound Built-in stereo speakers

Main input/ output Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b)(Wi-Fi)
High Speed USB (USB2.0) (mini-B)
Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM)
Analog Video Out

Main connectors DC IN 5V connector
DC OUT connector
video out/headset connector
USB connector
Memory Stick Duo(TM) slot

Key/ Switches Directional buttons (up/down/right/left),
analog stick,
Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square),
L/R buttons
START button, SELECT button, PS button
POWER/HOLD switch, WLAN switch
display button, sound button, volume (+/-) buttons

Power sources Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack
AC adaptor
USB power supply

Internal disc drive Read-only UMD(TM) drive

Supported profile PSP(R) (PlayStation(R) Portable) Game
UMD(TM) Video

Access control Region code, parental control

Wireless communications Infrastructure mode
Ad hoc mode (connects up to 16 consoles)

Supplied accessories AC adaptor
Battery pack (1200mAh)

Supported codec (in Memory Stick)

Video -- Memory Stick Video Format
- MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC LC)
- H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile (AAC LC)
-- MP4 File Format
- MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC LC)
- H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile- CABAC only -
(AAC LC) / Baseline Profile (AAC LC)
-- AVI
- Motion JPEG (Linear PCM or u-Lau)

Music -- Memory Stick Audio Format
- ATRAC3plus(TM)
- MP3
-- MP3(MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer3)
-- MP4(MPEG-4 AAC)
-- WAVE(Linear PCM)
-- WMA(Windows Media(R) Audio 9 Standard only) (*5)

Photo -- JPEG (DCF2.0/Exif2.21compliant)
-- BMP
-- GIF
-- PNG

*5 WMA Playback feature needs to be enabled.

PSP(R)(PlayStation(R)Portable) (PSP-3000) Color Variations

Product name PSP(R)(PlayStation(R)Portable)
Color name Piano Black
Product code PSP-3000 PB

Product name PSP(R)(PlayStation(R)Portable)
Color name Pearl White
Product code PSP-3000 PW

Product name PSP(R)(PlayStation(R)Portable)
Color name Mystic Silver
Product code PSP-3000 MS
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

For comparison, here are the specs for the current PSP.




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