PSP Release Date And Specs!

Sony has today announced that the PlayStation Portable will launch in Japan on December 12th 2004 priced 19,800 yen excluding tax, which is around €145. Upon release there will be 21 games available for games to play before the end of the year

Sony has also kindly give us some info on the rechargeable Li-Ion battery which was part of much speculation during the past few moths. The official word on the battery is that it will last “between four and six hours for game titles and continuous four to five hours for video viewing,”

Sony will also release a “PSP Value Pack” for 24,800 yen (€182) featuring the console and an AC adaptor, battery pack, Memory Stick Duo (32MB), headphone set with remote control, soft-case and hand-strap all in one box

Sony says that more than one hundred games are in development for the system, and that, “Entertainment software of an entirely new category mixing game, music and video on a single UMD is expected to be released in spring 2005, further enriching the world of PSP.”

Sony has yet to comment on when the PSP will launch in other regions but the expectation now is that the company can stick to its “early 2005” estimate, having proven itself to analysts who had already written off the console’s hopes of making it out this year.

Gamers in Japan will get to chose form the following titles beofre the end of the year with many more titles for them to chose from in the years to come

Lumines (Bandai)
The Legend of Heroes Gagharvtrilogy White Witch (Bandai)
Vampire Chronicle The Chaos Tower (Capcom)
Kollon (CyberFront)
Need for Speed Underground Rivals (EA)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour (EA)
Armored Core Formula Front (FromSoftware)
Rengoku The Tower of Purgatory (Hudson)
Dynasty Warriors (KOEI)
Mahjong (KOEI)
Metal Gear Acid (Konami)
Mah-jong Fight Club (Konami)
AI Go (Marvelous
AI Mah-jong (Marvelous)
AI Shogi (Marvelous)
Kotoba No Puzzle Mojipittan Daijiten (Namco)
Ridge Racer (Namco)
Puyo Pop Fever (SEGA)
Dokodemo Issyo (Sony
Hot Shots Golf (Sony
Puzzle Bobble Pocket (Taito)