CES 08: PSP Gets GPS, Keyboard, Blu-ray Transfer


It doesn't seem like very long ago that the use of the PSP was limited to a handful of decent games and You Got Served on UMD video—suddenly, it's 2008 and there's actually a great deal of use to be squeezed out of Sony's little handheld that could, including a bevy of new features unveiled at this year's CES.

Today, Sony officially confirmed to Gamasutra that certain Blu-ray movies will allow the uploading of a version of the content to the PSP at no additional cost. Also revealed were plans to deliver other additional content from supported discs, including mobile ringtones and games, through the coming year.

Additionally, the PSP camera and GPS receiver peripherals—already available in Japan and Europe—have been officially dated for a North American release in that vague, "around the end of the year" sort of way. Sony representatives could not offer a more specific time.

PSP owners who fall into fits of hysteria and violence at the thought of entering text via the PSP's mobile phone-like entry system will have something to celebrate: a first-party keyboard, tentatively scheduled for a mid-2009 release. When asked if the final product would resemble the mock-up shown three years ago at CES 2005, a representative told GameSpot "we're looking at several designs, but can't tell you anything more specific."

Confusion over the recently announced Skype functionality's compatibility with the slim PSP versus the older "phat" version were clarified to PocketGamer by SCEE director of communications Nick Sharples: "We had studied the possibility of supporting Skype with PSP-1000 but had to give it up because of the smaller size of main memory on PSP-1000 series."

From The Chatty

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    January 8, 2008 10:18 AM

    In other words, the PSP will now be able to do everything well except what it was supposedly designed for, which is PLAY GAMES.