PSP Launches Today Across Europe

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today launched its eagerly anticipated PSP handheld across the European market and throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Following the success of the PSP launches in Japan and the USA, and with over 5 million PSP systems already shipped worldwide, PSP launched today in a single version Value Pack, priced at €249 (£179). The PSP Value Pack contains an added-value package of accessories and entertainment content, including the PSP system with a pouch, 32MB Memory Stick Duo, Battery Pack, Headphones with Remote Control, AC Adaptor, Wrist Strap, cloth and a video/music/game sampler Universal Media Disc including several game demos.

A copy of Spider-Man 2 on UMD Video will be available free of charge to early purchasers of PSP, who register their PSP through www.yourpsp.com. The official SCEE web portal for PSP, trhe site allows PSP owners to view trailers and screenshots from a wide selection of PSP Game, UMD Video and UMD Music titles, as well as accessing the latest software updates and a host of regularly updated competitions, news and features about PSP. Consumers will also be able to download exclusive content to their PSP.
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PSP Games Available During Launch Period[/b][/u]
Archer Macleans Mercury
Ape Academy
Burnout Legend
Coded Arms
Colin Mcrae Rally 2005 Plus
Darkstalkers Chronicles
Dynasty Warriors PSP
Everybody’s Golf
FIFA 06
F1 Grand Prix PSP
Fired Up
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex
Grand Theft AutoLiberty City Stories
Lumines
Midnight Club 3 DUB Edition
MediEvilTM Resurrection
Metal Gear Acid
NBA STREET Showdown
Need for Speed Underground Rivals
NFL STREET 2 Unleashed
Pro Evolution Soccer 5
Ridge Racer
Spider-Man The Movie 2
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06
TOCA Race Driver 2
Tony Hawk Underground 2 Remix
Untold LegendsBrotherhood of the Blade
Virtual TennisWorld Tour
WipEout Pure
World Snooker Challenge 2005
World Tour Soccer

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UMD Video Available During Launch Period[/u]
A Knights Tal
13 Going on 30
Bad Boys
The One
xXx – The Next Level
Ghostbusters
You Got Served
Hitch
Spider-Man 2
Charlie’s Angels
Resident Evil Apocalypse
Hellboy
Hollow Man
xXx
Once Upon A Time In Mexico
The Punisher
SWAT
Anacondas Hunt For the Blood Orchid
Van Helsing
8 Mile
The Bourne Supremacy
The Mummy Returns
I Robot
Alien
Alien v. Predator
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Dodgeball
Robots
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Pirates of the Caribbean
King Arthur
Sin City

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UMD Music Videos Available during Launch Period[/b][/u]
Iron Maiden – Rock in Rio
Bob Marley – Live from Santa Barbara
INXS – Live Baby Live
Usher – Rhythm City Vol. 1
Outkast – The Videos”
Coheed & Cambria – Live at the Starland Ballroom
The Offspring – The Complete Music Video Collection
Foo Fighters – Live – Everywhere But Home
Rage Against the Machine – Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
Good Charlotte – Live at Brixton Academy
Incubus – Alive at Red Rocks

PSPs for the European market will also benefit from the latest system software upgrade“, explained David Reeves, President of SCEE. “The European PSPs will contain the latest and most up to date software available. With the introduction of an internet browser to ease the downloading of game trailers and video content from WiFi hotspots, a new codec for optimising the quality of video content on Memory Stick, and a wealth of other improvements to enhance the user experience, European consumers will not only be receiving the most sophisticated and exciting portable entertainment device ever made but will be able to upgrade their PSP’s continually as new functionality is announced“.

Retailers throughout Europe will be opening their doors at midnight on Wednesday 31st August to satisfy the enthusiasm of fans, keen to get their hands on one of the first European PSPs.