Sony Announces "Portable PlayStation"

Sony announced plans to ship the PSP, or "Portable Playstation", before the end of next year. The console will be the first announced handheld console to be designed around 3D graphics.

At its pre-E3 press conference today, Sony Computer Entertainment officially announced a portable PlayStation platform. Ken Kutaragi, commonly known as the "father of the PlayStation," introduced his "new baby," as he referred to it. "This is a new baby to the PlayStation brand," he said. "And he is very cute."

Known as the PSP (PlayStation Portable), this platform will be Sonys direct attack on Nintendos Game Boy Advance -- and a whole lot more. Not only will it feature a 32-bit engine to display better looking games than Nintendos Game Boy Advance, it will host a bevy of technical gadgetry to make it an all-in-one portable entertainment platform. "This is the Walkman of the 21st century," claimed Kutaragi.

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