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Originally posted by heavy liquid@Oct 27 2004, 06:34 AM

I'm definitely going to buy it for this price.


Now my dilemma is whether or not to buy the JP PSP. If it's not region locked, I probably will. I wonder when the US launch will be, and if I can wait?

It'll be region-locked. :(

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Originally posted by heavy liquid+Oct 27 2004, 07:02 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (heavy liquid @ Oct 27 2004, 07:02 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-stencil

It'll be region-locked. :(


It probably will be, but I don't think there's been any official word yet, has there?


With the price at $185 in Japan, we might see it in the US for $150. Amazing. [/b]

It's official. Since they'll be releasing movies on the UMDs, you can do the math from there.

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Interview with Ken Kutaragi, and takes aim at the iPod!




"The music player iPod is selling for 30,000 yen (US$300; euro 200) and 40,000 yen (US$400; euro 300), and all it does is play music," Kutaragi told reporters at the Tokyo office of Sony Computer Entertainment. "We set a price that's just right to hit a sweet spot."


Of course, the iPod can store a huge amount of music, so I'm not really sure why Kutaragi thinks the PSP can compete with it.


Originally posted by iainl

Sony claim that region locking of games is entirely optional, and that the locking structure has been added just for films instead.


You beat me to it, Iain. :) Movies are a sure thing for region lockout, but I've heard interviews going back and forth on the issue of region locking for games.


Play-Asia had this listed:


Media: Universal Media Disc (UMD), 1.8GB, 60mm

Display: 4.3" TFT LCD, 16:9 Widescreen with Backlit

Video Codec: Ability to playback MPEG4 encoded video

Resolution: 480 x 272 pixels with 16,770,000 colors

Graphics: 3D polygons and NURBS (Non Uniform Rational B-Spline)

Sound: PCM, built-in stereo speakers, stereo headphone jack

Processor: 32-bit, architecture, 90nm technology

Sound: 3D Digital ATRAC Audio

Expansion: Can be connected with PS2 and other PSP using USB 2.0

Memory Card: Memory Stick Duo

Battery: Rechargeable

Territory: No regional lockout, can run games from all regions


They've since changed it to this:


Access Control: Region Code, Parental Control
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Getting back to the topic at hand, I have to say that the price for this thing is indeed very aggressive and shows a strong commitment on Sony's part to become a major player in the handheld market. I still say that $185 may be a bit too much to ask for a handheld system, no matter how powerful it is. Still, if Sony can create a perceived value for the system to justify the cost, I certainly imagine that it could become a sort of social status symbol much like the iPod.


I'm inclined to agree with MrMike though when he says that four to six hours of battery life seems a bit low. Also, has Sony announced pricing for games yet?

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