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PSP®go PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Evolves to Match the Digital Lifestyle

Sony Computer Entertainment - 06/02/2009

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today unveiled PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) go (PSP-N1000), a new evolution of PSP handheld entertainment system, specifically designed to suit the digital lifestyle of consumers who enjoy downloadable content on the go. PSPgo will become available in stores on October 1, 2009, in North America, Europe/ PAL territories and Asian countries and regions at a recommended retail price (RRP) of US$249 and €249, and on November 1, 2009, in Japan at a RRP of 26,800 yen (including tax). With both the existing PSP-3000 and new PSPgo, the company will further enhance the ultimate gaming and entertainment experiences on the go while providing consumers with the opportunity to choose the PSP system that's right for them.

PSPgo is ideal for today's on-the move consumers who prefer not to carry around disc-based content and are looking for on-demand entertainment. With the steady expansion of broadband network infrastructure, the number of users who download and enjoy digital entertainment content has been increasing remarkably. To address this growing trend, PSPgo replaces the UMD drive*1 with 16GB of flash memory to store a variety of digital entertainment content, offering users unlimited possibilities of portable digital entertainment delivered through PlayStation®Network. PSPgo, smaller and lighter than ever with a sophisticated design featuring an easy sliding display panel, is truly pocket-sized and can be

2-2-2-2 PSP® go, PSP® (PLAYSTATION®PORTABLE) EVOLVES TO MATCH THE DIGITAL LIFESTYLE taken everywhere. PSPgo will be available in Piano Black and Pearl White*2, two of the most popular colors since the launch of the PSP system in 2004. Along with PSP-3000, PSPgo will further enhance the unmatched portable gaming and entertainment experience by offering users more opportunity to enjoy their favorite entertainment content such as games, videos, music and photos anytime, anywhere.

In order to meet the needs of the growing number of PlayStation®Network users looking for digital entertainment content, SCE along with third party developers and publishers will continue to enhance the content line-up within PlayStation®Store for the launch of PSPgo, scheduled this fall. More and more new and attractive titles will become available for download from PlayStation®Store as well as on UMD. This broad content offering across all genres includes new games, free-demos, PS one® classics for PSP, add-on items for game titles, and trailers.

In addition to accessing PlayStation Store directly from PSP using the built-in wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) feature or through the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system, users will also be able to access and download a variety of entertainment content via their PCs using Media Go*3, a new software application. Media Go will enable users to access and download entertainment content on PlayStation Store via their PCs as well to easily manage PSP content on PCs, including games, videos, photos, and music. This easy to use software application will be available on a CD-ROM bundled with PSPgo.

Also this fall, a new music application specific to PSP that uses the "SensMe™ channels"*4 music recommendation feature, developed by Sony, also becomes available for download on PSP. With this music application, users will be able to enjoy their favorite music stored on their PSP through a rich user interface, designed exclusively for PSP. "SensMe channels" is a mood based music recommendation system that categorizes music content into channels such as "Relax," "Dance" and "Upbeat," and recommends music playlists for users.

  Other features are:

  > Easy Sliding Display Panel and Original Applications
    PSPgo offers a variety of exciting entertainment options by taking
    advantage of the sliding panel.  When the panel is open, users will be
    able to enjoy various entertainment content with the familiar button
    control as PSP-3000, when closed, original applications for PSPgo, such
    as a clock and calendar is displayed on the screen. Users can also
    enjoy video and music when the panel is closed.

  > Game sleep function
    PSPgo has unique features such as game sleep function which enables
    users to operate XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) while pausing gameplay
    temporarily.

  > Bluetooth® function
    Bluetooth function will also allow users to connect Bluetooth
    standard peripherals such as head-phones and head-set *5 as well
    as PS3 wireless controller (DUALSHOCK®3 and SIXAXIS®) *6 to be
    used when watching video content on TVs via PSP at home*7.

  > Peripheral line-up
    One of the products within PSPgo's peripheral line-up is a new
    Cradle (PSP-N340) *7 that will become available in stores worldwide
    concurrently with the release of PSPgo.  This new Cradle enables users
    to charge the PSPgo battery and also enjoy watching video and listening
    to music.  Also included in the peripheral line-up are video-out port
    cables that enable users to enjoy games and videos on their TVs at home.

With the introduction of PSPgo, SCEI will continue to vigorously expand PlayStation Network's digital content and services and build a stronger software line-up along with various marketing measures that match each region, while creating the world of computer entertainment only available on the PlayStation platforms.

  *1  Content on UMD cannot be played back on PSPgo.
  *2  Color variations may differ by countries and regions.
  *3  Media Go also supports PSP-1000/2000/3000. For those PSP users, the
  software is available for download from PlayStation Store official site
  (http://store.playstation.com/)., "Media Manager for PSP" will not support
  access to PlayStation Store, and it is required to use "Media Go" for
  accessing PlayStation Store.
  *4  SensMe channels also supports PSP-1000/2000/3000. Details will be
  announced at a later timing.
  *5  Head-phone and head-set supporting A2DP, HSP, AVRCP profile can be
  used. Some head-phones and head-sets may not be supported.
  *6  PS3 wireless controller can be used. To register PS3 wireless
  controller on PSPgo, PS3 is needed. Some buttons and rumble feature
  will not be supported.
  *7  Video-out cables and Cradle are sold separately in stores. Details
  will be announced at a later timing. Video-out cable and cradle for
  PSP-2000/3000 cannot be used on PSPgo.


  Product Outline
  PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) go (PSP-N1000)

  Product Name       PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) go

  External           Approx. 128 x 16.5 x 69 mm (width x height x depth)
   dimensions        (excludes largest projection)

  Weight             Approx. 158g / 5.6 oz (including internal battery)

  CPU                PSP® CPU (System clock frequency 1-333 MHz, Main
                     memory 64MB)

  Display            3.8 inches (16:9) full-transparent type, TFT drive,
                     480 x 272 pixel, Approx. 16,770,000 colors displayed

  Sound              Built-in stereo speakers
                     Built-in microphone

  Main               Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b) (Wi-Fi)
   input/            Bluetooth®2.0 (EDR)
   output            High Speed USB (USB2.0)
                     Memory Stick Micro™(M2™)
                     Analog Video Out
                     Microphone

  Main
   connectors        Multi use connector
                     (DC IN / OUT, USB, Video Output / Input, Sound
                     Input / Output)
                     Headset / Microphone connector
                     Memory Stick Micro™(M2™) 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 internal battery pack
                     AC adaptor
                     USB power supply

  Internal memory    16GB (Flash Memory)

  Supported          PSP® Game
   Profile

  Access Control     Region code, parental control

  Wireless           Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b) (Wi-Fi)
   communications
                     (Infrastructure mode / Ad hoc mode (connect up to 16
                     consoles))
                     Bluetooth®2.0 (EDR)

  Supplied           AC adaptor
   accessories       USB cable
                     CD-ROM (Media Go)

  *Design and specifications are subejt to change without notice.


  Supported coded (in Memory Stick Micro (M2™) / Internal memory)


  Video       * Memory Stick Video Format
               o MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC)
               o H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile (AAC)
              * MPEG-4
               o MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC)
               o H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile (CABAC) (AAC)
               o Baseline Profile (AAC)
              * AVI
               o Motion JPEG (Linear PCM)
               o Motion JPEG (u-Law)

  Music       * Memory Stick Audio Format
               o ATRAC3™*8
               o ATRAC3plus™*8
               o MP3
              * MP3 (MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer3)
              * MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC)
              * WAVE (Linear PCM)
              * WMA (Windows Media® Audio 9 Standard only)*9

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



  *8  Content protected by Open MG can be played back only when it is
      stored in M2.
  *9  WMA Playback feature needs to be enabled.


  About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) system. PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP is a new handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

PlayStation, PLAYSTATION, PS3, PSP, DUALSHOCK and SIXAXIS are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. XMB is a trademark of Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

MemoryStick Micro, M2, ATRAC, ATRAC3plus are trademarks of Sony Corporations.

Bluetooth is a property of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has a license for its usage.

SensMe and the SensMe logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB.

Windows Media is either a registered trademark or a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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