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The new PSP - All the details and specifications

by Steven Williamson on 12 July 2007, 11:17

Tags: PlayStation Portable, Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE), PSP

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At Sony's press conference yesterday we mentioned that an enhanced design for PSP is due to hit stores worldwide in September. Here's the full details:

While succeeding the basic functions and design philosophy of the current PSP including a 4.3 inch wide high resolution LCD screen, overwhelmingly large for a handheld device, new PSP is 33 percent lighter and 19 percent slimmer than the original version, making the all-in-one handheld entertainment system easier to carry around at approx.189g in weight (weight of current model is approx.280g) and approx.18.6mm in thickness (thickness of current model is approx.23.0 mm).

Adding a video-out port(*1) enables new PSP users to experience UMD (Universal Media Disc) Video, pictures and movies from Memory Stick Duo and game software titles(*2) on their TVs at home. Also, new PSP is equipped with enhanced feature to temporarily store game data from UMD, reducing load time during game play(*3). Moreover, the ability to charge the unit throughPS3 or PC via USB cable during data transfer is newly equipped(*4), further positioning PSP as a true handheld device.

A new PSP comes in three basic colors of Piano Black, Ceramic White, and Ice Silver to meet a variety of lifestyle and preferences for all ages(*5).

During the two and a half years since the launch of PSP in December, 2004 strong support from users worldwide as well as an abundance of exciting software titles from publishers around the world have resulted in PSP achieving cumulative shipment of 25 million units for the hardware and 100 million units for software titles worldwide by March, 2007. The expansion of the PSP platform is being boosted worldwide along with its lineup of software titles as well as the introduction of colour variations.

SCEI will continue to further expand the PSP platform and create a new world of computer entertainment with innovative and exciting new titles and a new PSP.

(*1) Video output cables (AV cable/S VIDEO cable/D Terminal AV cable/Component AV cable) are sold separately. Product lineup may differ by country/region.
(*2) Progressive TV and PSP specific cable (D Terminal AV cable or Component AV cable) are necessary to output game software titles for PSP.
(*3) Effect of this feature varies depending on software titles.
(*4) PSP needs to be put in USB Connection mode.
(*5) Color variations may differ by country/region.

PSP Product Overview

Product Name PSP (PlayStation Portable)
External dimensions Approx. 169.4 x 18.6 x 71.4 mm / 6 ¾ x ¾ x 2 ¾ 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 drive,
480 x 272 pixel, Approximately 16,770,000 colors displayed
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
Analog Video Out
Main Connectors DC In 5V connector
DC Out connector
video out/headset connector
USB connector
Memory Stick Duo slot
Key/Switches Directional buttons (up/down/right/left), analog stick,
Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square), L/R buttons
START button, SELECT button, HOME 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 drive
Supported profile PSP (PlayStation Portable) Game
UMD 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
 Mmotion JPEG (Linear PCM or μ-Lau)
Music  Memory Stick Audio Format
 ATRAC3
 ATRAC3plus
 MP3
 MP3(MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer3)
 MP4(MPEG-4 AAC)
 WAVE(Linear PCM)
 WMA(Windows Media Audio 9 Standard only) (*6)
Photo  JPEG (DCF2.0/Exif2.21 compliant)
 TIFF
 BMP
 GIF
 PNG
(*6) WMA Playback feature needs to be enabled.

PSP (PlayStationPortable) Peripherals for PSP-2000 only (sold separately)

Product Name Battery Pack
Product Code PSP-S110 / PSP-S110 U / PSP-S110 E / PSP-S110 G
Specifications External dimensions: Approx. 36 x 10 x 57mm (1 1/2 × 3/8 × 2 1/4 in)
Weight: Approx. 30g (1.06 oz)
Battery type: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Voltage/Capacity: DC 3.6V/1200mAh

Product Name Headphones with Remote Control
Product Code PSP-S140 / PSP-S140 U / PSP-S140 G
Specifications Remote functions: PLAY, PAUSE, FF, FR, VOLUME(+/-), HOLD
Headphones: Inner- Ear Headphones

Product Name AV cable
Product Code PSP-S150 / PSP-S150 U / PSP-S150 E
Specifications Composite cable
Cable length: Approx. 2.5m

Product Name S VIDEO cable
Product Code PSP-S160 / PSP-S160 U
Specifications Cable length: Approx. 2.5m

Product Name D Terminal AV cable
Product Code PSP-S170
Specifications For Japanese market only
Cable length: Approx. 2.5m

Product Name Component AV cable
Product Code PSP-S180 / PSP-S180 U / PSP-S180 E
Specifications Cable length: Approx. 2.5m


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Are there no pictures available?
Is that just because they look the same as before
From what I have read elsewhere, it will indeed look practically identical to the original model PSP.

So they are reducing console weight and load times but sacrificing a full third of stock battery life... Unless the new one has somehow spectacularly improved energy efficiency, I hope they end up with at least 1800mAh batteries that match the current models.

Also, they haven't announced how they'll be selling it yet (basic/value/gigapacks etc.).
I thought they were extending the battery life in the new design?

"The new unit still includes the 4.3-inch LCD and UMD, but is 33 percent lighter, 19 percent slimmer, has sped up game load times and improved battery life. The only real "new" features is a video output capability to allow you to play your PSP games on a big screen TV." from here [engadget.com].
I hope they sort the D-pad out, that is the one thing I really hate about my PSP.

Just read on Bit, the D-Pad is a lot better on the new model. I may have to trade mine in for the new one after all.
Meh, won't be a patch on the DS Lite :P (which seems to be what they're trying to do now "well, it was a success for Nintendo..")