Playstation Portable Details Revealed

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2003-07-30 Print this article Print

Sony discloses an updated spec for the Playstation Portable. We dig past the surface to better understand the implications of Sony's announcement.

Sony recently released the specs for the Playstation Portable, aka the PSP, which isnt slated for release until late 2004. When Sony first discussed the PSP at last Mays E3 Expo, most people initially thought that Sony was targeting Nintendos Gameboy line of portable gaming devices. But if you take a look at the specs, its clear that the Gameboy isnt the primary target. Lets walk through the laundry list of features and see what we can learn beyond the raw specs. Handheld Digital Entertainment Center
If you take a quick look at the high level specs, which is more of a features list, its clear that this device is much more than a gaming system.
  • 21st Century Portable System
  • Integrates all forms of digital entertainment
  • 3D-CG Game
  • 7.1 channel audio, 3D Sound
  • ATRAC3 plus, AAC, MP3 audio file formats for Music
  • AVC/WMP file formats for Picture / Movie
  • 16:9 Widescreen TFT LCD
  • Embedded Wireless LAN (802.11)
  • Li-ion Battery
  • Extension for GPS, Digital Tuner
Read on for the complete ExtremeTech article.
Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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