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http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050203/sfth050_1.html

 

Available through retail outlets on March 24, the company continues its consumer-centric legacy with the release of the PSP Value Pack for a suggested retail price of $249.99 U.S./$299.99 CND.

 

Well, there we go. More expensive than I thought it would be.

 

Launch titles announced, too:

 

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050203/sfth051_1.html

 

Ape Escape®: On the Loose, Sony Computer Entertainment America

ATV Offroad Fury®: Blazin' Trails, Sony Computer Entertainment America

Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower, Capcom

Dynasty Warriors®, KOEI

FIFA 2005, Electronic Arts

Gretzky NHL®, Sony Computer Entertainment America

Lumines, Ubisoft

Metal Gear Acid, Konami

MLB, Sony Computer Entertainment America

MVP Baseball, Electronic Arts

NBA, Sony Computer Entertainment America

NBA Street Showdown, Electronic Arts

Need for Speed Rivals, Electronic Arts

NFL Street 2 Unleashed, Electronic Arts

Rengoku: Tower of Purgatory, Konami

Ridge Racer, Namco

Smartbomb, Eidos Interactive

Spider-Man 2, Activision

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, Electronic Arts

Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix, Activision

Twisted Metal: Head On, Sony Computer Entertainment America

Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade, Sony Online Entertainment

Wipeout® Pure, Sony Computer Entertainment America

World Tour Soccer, Sony Computer Entertainment America

 

A fantastic launch line-up if you ask me. I'm a bit disappointed that Mercury isn't in the list, however. Hopefully it won't take too long to show up. Also of note:

 

Consumers can expect Sony Computer Entertainment America's software titles to range from as low as $39.99 SRP.

 

I don't like that $39.99 is the low price. I suppose this means we can expect $50 PSP games. I won't be buying as many PSP games as GBA or DS, at that price.

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It's more expensive because they're not selling the barebones machine, you have to buy the "value pack" which includes:

 

32 MB Memory Stick Duo, headphones with remote control, battery pack, AC adaptor, soft case and cleaning cloth, movie/music/game video sampler UMD disc including multiple non-interactive game demos, and for the first one million PSP Value Packs shipped, a special UMD video release of the feature film Spider-Man 2 from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

 

In Japan, there was this same "value pack" & a "basic pack" just the machine.

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a special UMD video release of the feature film Spider-Man 2 from Sony Pictures Entertainment

 

I am most curious to see how a 2.39:1 ratio film like that is presented on a format with such a small display device and whether they'll actually make it an open matte transfer at a 1.78:1 ratio instead of retaining the intended aspect ratio.

 

The value pack does seem to include some decent accessories to justify the price I think. I wonder if Europe will get the one purchase option too?

 

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To be fair, I think most people would be wanting the memory stick, at least. It's necessary to save any game progress. Given that it doesn't fold, and shows up the slightest scratch or fingerprint, the carrycase is pretty damn vital, too. The headphones aren't terribly good, but you need to buy them to get the remote control, which didn't come in the Japanese basic pack.

 

As for the price being more than you expected, blame the fact your currency is worth less than a can of Coke at the moment.

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My probables at launch (pending decent reviews, of course):

 

Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower, Capcom

Metal Gear Acid, Konami

Ridge Racer, Namco

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, Electronic Arts

Twisted Metal: Head On, Sony Computer Entertainment America

Wipeout® Pure, Sony Computer Entertainment America :rock

 

My possibles:

 

Dynasty Warriors®, KOEI

FIFA 2005, Electronic Arts

MVP Baseball, Electronic Arts

NBA Street Showdown, Electronic Arts

Need for Speed Rivals, Electronic Arts

NFL Street 2 Unleashed, Electronic Arts

Spider-Man 2, Activision

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, Electronic Arts

Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix, Activision

Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade, Sony Online Entertainment

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As for the price being more than you expected, blame the fact your currency is worth less than a can of Coke at the moment.

You're just bitter because they'll probably release it there for the low low price of ?199. That's just like $250, innit? :P

 

Seriously though, with all the early speculation about base PSP prices being $300-500, $250 isn't that bad.

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$250 isn't that bad.

 

I think most of the disdain comes from HAVING to purchase the value pack and not getting the option to get a barebones system. Some folks are not interested in most of the extras that are packaged in with the system and you can't really blame them.

 

I personally would have ended up buying a memory card anyway so it's inclusion is useful to me. If I want a bigger one later, I can drop the cash for it. The carrying case is fine by me as well (though there may be higher quality cases at launch yet I'm forced to essentially pay for the one in the pack anyway which is a bit disheartening.) The remote/headphones are unnecessary to me as is the UMD Demo disc and the extra Spiderman 2 disc but I've been looking forward to the system for a very long time and my want to finally play Lumines (along with games like Mercury, DarkStalkers, Wipeout, Medievil PSP etc.) are enough to make me take the dive.

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I think most of the disdain comes from HAVING to purchase the value pack and not getting the option to get a barebones system. Some folks are not interested in most of the extras that are packaged in with the system and you can't really blame them.

 

Very true. And looking up the Japanese price for the Value Pack, the NA price is about right: 24,800Y = about $237 US. I'm a bit disappointed they're not offering the base unit separately, as they did in Japan. As for the memory stick, I could order a 32MB stick on it's own for about $15, but I'd rather put that towards a bigger one. Oh, well...

 

I'll probably be getting at launch (if I can afford it):

Ridge Racer

Metal Gear Ac!d

Lumines

Wipeout Pure

Darkstalkers

 

And maybe , Untold Legends and Rengoku if the reviews are good and when I get more money... sheesh!

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Personally I'm starting to think about holding off and just importing a non-value pack one from Japan once the import price drop.

 

I was thinking about this as well, but you should be careful if you decide to go this route. Even though Sony has said that the games won't be region coded, I think this has not been the case. For instance, the Japanese version of Lumines is region 2, so it won't be playable on the NA PSP. If some of the NA games turn out to be coded for region 1, you probably wouldn't be able to play them. Best to wait and see if the NA games are region coded.

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Keep in mind it is looking more and more likely that game prices will be $40-50 each. That is a lot of bones for a handheld game. Now, I'm no fanboy, and I lust after every new piece of gaming hardware that comes out, but the price of entry here is getting really high considering there are full blown next gen systems hitting the shelves near the end of the year (maybe).

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the price of entry here is getting really high considering there are full blown next gen systems hitting the shelves near the end of the year (maybe).

 

This is a good point. A handheld bundle entering at $250 with games at $40-50 a piece means a next gen console will be what, back up at $400? And games will be $50-70?

 

I hope the prices come down soon, or I'm just going to have to start a garden and be done with it.

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32MB Mem card : what a joke. I just bought a 512MB Compactflash card for $27 shipped from newegg (for use with my GBA flash cart - NES emulation rocks, and I can dump movies on it). 32MB is silly. At least on a bigger one you could actually fit a movie on it. How about packing in a 128MB one at least.

 

Carrying case: lame. Rather get my own. Should be free since the damn thing doesn't have any way to protect the screen

 

Remote: WTF do I need a remote for a handheld for?

Headphones: Eh. Moderately useful. But we already have like 2-3 sets of headphones around the house. Why add another one?

 

Spiderman 2 UMD: I haven't even shelled out the $20 for the Spidey 2 superbit yet...so kind of cool, but that's a movie that screams to be watched on my projector with my surround sound, not on a little LCD screen.

 

 

And I begrudge $30 for handheld games! $50? No way.

 

Looks like a DS is still the extra handheld in my future.

 

Hell, my Xbox ($120 used) + I could have bought a Nintendo DS for $127 this past weekend at Meijer = $250. New Xbox + New Nintendo DS = $300.

 

 

Hmmmmmm

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