First look at Sony’s answer to the GameBoy and iPod.

According to this article over at CNet, Sony’s upcoming Playstation Portable (PSP) device will do more than just play games. Sony has every intention of positioning the PSP to compete with Apple’s iPod and Nokia’s N-Gage. Sony’s plans for the device include not only MP3 playback, but the ability to show music videos and some form of telecommunications service as well fueling the speculation of it being used as a mobile phone. The proposed cost for this all-in-one device? Possibly as low as $60. The image to the right is concept art from Sony and subject to change. Click it for a bigger version. Don’t whip out your checkbooks just yet, though. This new toy won’t be hitting store shelves until sometime in fall of 2004.

Read the extended entry for specs on the PSP.


MIPS R4000 32-bit core
128-bit bus
1-333MHz (1.2V)
8MB eDRAM main memory
2.6Gbps bus bandwidth
FPU, VFPU (2.6 billion flops)
3D graphics extended instructions
I Cache, D Cache

PSP Media Engine

MIPS R4000 32-bit core
128-bit bus
1-333MHz (1.2V)
2MB eDRAM submemory
I-Cache, D-Cache
90nm CMOS

PSP Graphics Core

1-166MHz (1.2V)
256-bit bus
5.3Gbps bus bandwidth
664 million pixels per second pizel fill rate
3D curved surface and 3D polygon engine
Support for compressed textures, hardware clipping, morphing, bone, tessellation, bezier, b-spline (NURBS)
Maximum of 33 million polygons per second
24-bit full color (RGBA)

Sound Core

VME (Virtual Mobile Engine)
Reconfigurable DSP
166MHz (1.2 V)
128-bit bus
5 giga operations per second
CODEC capabilities
3D sound, 7.1 channels
Synthesizer, effecter, and other abilities
ATRAC3 plus, AAC, MP3 for audio


UMD (Universal Media Disc)
60mm-diameter disc
660nm laser diode
1.8GB capacity (dual-layered disc)
11Mbps transfer rate
AES crypto system
Unique disc ID
Shock proof
Regional code system
Parental lock system
Repeat ordering system

Other Specifications

16:9-format widescreen TFT LCD (480×272 pixels, 24-bit full color)
MPEG4 AVC decoder
Wireless LAN (802.11)
IrDA (Infrared Data Association)
USB 2.0
Memory Stick
AV in/out
Stereo headphone out
Lithium ion battery
Expansion port

6 thoughts on “First look at Sony’s answer to the GameBoy and iPod.

  1. Hell, at that price I would buy one just because. Don’t expect me to give up my iPod though.

  2. As a completely Mac-based office, it’s a shame I don’t have an iPod. Thing is, I only listen to my XM radio in the car, and have no other use for mobile music. I’m just looking for one good excuse and I’ll have an iPod. I want one, just afraid I won’t use it.

  3. Brandi:

    Do you need a way of transporting large files (over 256MB that thumb drives can be) between to locations? The iPod works great as an external HD as well as a great MP3/AAC player.

    I was using it to bring files from work to home and back. Then I filled it up with music and needed to get a Maxtor external Fireware HD. smile

  4. The geeks at Arstechnica’s Gaming forum ( had been touting this as the Nintendo killer (referring to Nintendo’s stranglehold on the handheld gaming market).  I’m interested in seeing the reaction now that there’s a concept model out, showing (to me) that this is simply a major improvement on Nokia’s N-Gage.

  5. Do you need a way of transporting large files (over 256MB that thumb drives can be) between to locations? The iPod works great as an external HD as well as a great MP3/AAC player.

    I don’t have that home/office file commute to do. I could see it working well there. I have a couple of really big USB Memory sticks (keychain) for file transfers, and have a DVD burner in both of my main machines. I haven’t really run across a file transportation issue. Although I looked really hard….cuz I wanted an iPod!!!!!

    Although my husband may have to get one. He uses the Nike MP3 player for jogging/sports/yardwork. I’ve got an iTunes account and he likes the iTunes format better than the PC alternatives, so we share an account. But the catch is, the files are not currently MP3s, they’re some odd format that can be burned to CD or played on the iPod, but not other MP3 players. Just found that out the other day

  6. By “thumb” drive, I suppose you mean the USB sticks I mentioned. Duh. Sorry, reading comprehension is low today….

    But no, still no large files. Laptop takes care of that.

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