Sony Hardware - PSP Go
We wanted to see the hottest hardware that this year’s E3 Expo had to offer. There was a huge buzz about the new Sony Playstation Portable introduced called the PSP Go. This is a streamlined handheld device that is 50% smaller and lighter than the original PSP. It features 16 GB (yeah, 16!) of built-in storage and is designed for the “on the go digital consumer”.
Priced at $249, the PSP Go will arrive in stores on October 1st, 2009 along with a new PSP version of the very popular Gran Turismo. One of the bigger changes between the PSP Go and “regular” PSP-3000 is the deletion of Sony’s UMD player from the Go device. Users will be encouraged download content from Sony’s on-line store instead of paying for UMD disks. The PSP Go has a slightly smaller screen than the PSP-3000 but with the same resolution. It will have built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to help speed up downloadable content. If you are looking for Sony to finally support SD storage, you will be disappointed. Sony does give the PSP Go the ability to expand on its already generous storage with its support of a Memory Stick Micro (M2) slot.
Key PSP Go Specifications:
|External dimensions||Approx. 128 x 16.5 x 69 mm (width x height x depth) (excludes largest projection)|
|Weight||Approx. 158g / 5.56 oz (including internal battery)|
|CPU||PSP® CPU（System clock frequency 1-333 MHz, Main Memory 64MB）|
|Display||3.8 inches (16:9) full-transparent type, TFT drive, 480 x 272 pixel, Approx. 16,770,000 colors displayed|
|Sound||Built-in stereo speakers Built-in microphone|
|Main input/output||Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b) (Wi-Fi) Bluetooth®2.0 (EDR) High Speed USB (USB2.0) Memory Stick Micro™(M2™) Analog Video Out Microphone|
|Main connectors||Multi use connector (DC IN / OUT, USB, Video Output / Input, Sound Input / Output) Headset / Microphone connector Memory Stick Micro™(M2™) slot|
|Key / Switches||Directional buttons (up/down/right/left), analog stick, Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square), L/R buttons START button, SELECT button, PS button POWER/HOLD switch, WLAN switch display button, sound button, volume (+/-) buttons|
|Power sources||Lithium-Ion rechargeable internal battery pack AC adaptor USB power supply|
|Internal disc drive||16GB (Flash Memory)|
|Supported profile||PSP®PlayStation®Portable) Game|
|Access Control||Region code, parental control|
|Wireless communications||Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode / Ad hoc mode (connect up to 16 consoles)) Bluetooth®2.0 (EDR)|
|Supplied accessories||AC adaptor USB cable CD-ROM（Media Go ver.1.1）|
More Sony Hardware
Even with all the hoopla surrounding Sony’s PSP Go system, Sony had even more up it’s sleeve as we spotted a new PS3 behind the scenes of Sony Online Entertainment. This system was used to help develop some Sony next-gen online content. It didn’t fit in my backpack properly so I had to leave it there.
We got to play with the new version of Gran Turismo for the PlayStation Portable and it has to be one of the nicest looking PSP games out there. It had absolutely no jitter or delay in the graphics and video and will have a tremendous base of support when launched.
Take a look for yourself. Here is some live game-play video from the E3 floor:
Here is a longer video with a different track:
Booth BabesWhen it comes to booth babes, day two seemed to have more hot models running around than the first day. So, we'll interrupt our technology coverage right smack dab in the middle to give you a little eye candy that you missed out on today if you were not at the show.
Not sure why the mud flap is located in the front!?!?
Anyone feeling like they have a fever?
We are still searching for Waldo...
If only we could see their Darksiders... We have a feeling even if we paid the $57.99 game title we wouldn't find out!
More Booth Babes
One for the animal lovers...
You've been a naughty boy!
Finally, a succubus to be proud of!
That school girl look on the G4 girls is priceless!
Look he has a man bag! Actually, he is security for the models and looks to be enjoying his job.
Activision's DJ Hero
We spent some more time over at the Activision area marvelling at the skills of those in the crowd proficient at Guitar Hero. What was really amazing though was when Activision introduced their newest game, DJ Hero with live DJs in the mix on the DJ Hero controller. DJ Hero was designed to deliver an all-new “interactive music experience” similar to Guitar Hero that allows players to rule the party and not only experience, but to hear music in an all-new way. It has over 100 individual songs, highlighted in over 80 unique never-before-released mixes that blend all sorts of genres of music, including hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock and electronica, The turntable controller gives fans the chance to immerse into the DJ culture and a huge variety of music as they utilize and master various DJ techniques including scratching, blending, cross fading and sampling.
- Start the Party, Rule The Party – From intimate settings to the largest club events around the world, the DJ is the life of the party. DJ Hero gives gamers a chance to step to the front of the room in the most socially expressive experience by combining exhilarating gameplay, the hottest music and world-class DJs with the all-new turntable controller.
- Music Sounds Better With You – With over 100 individual songs included on-disc, highlighted in over 80 original exclusive mixes, DJ Hero compiles a massive set list spanning hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock, electronica, and almost everything in between, from world renowned artists like David Bowie, Blondie, Justice, Marvin Gaye, KRS-1, Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, N.E.R.D, Nirvana and 50 Cent.
- Here Comes My DJ – DJ Hero features in-game appearances as well as mixes and original music from some of the hottest DJs melting vinyl in clubs and over the airwaves throughout the world, bringing turntable legends like DJ Shadow from the dancehall to your living room.
- Bust A Move – DJ Hero drops the needle on the record for gamers and immerses them in common DJ techniques including mixing, sampling and various scratch patterns while offering social expression with freestyle effects and samples. Accessible to many audiences, all will feel comfortable spinning on the turntable controller that blends the unique DJ Hero gameplay with a host of authentic DJ cultures. So don’t just stand there, bust a move!
- Battle the Best or Scratch and Strum with the Rest – With DJ competitions playing a large role in DJ culture, from impromptu battles to the DMC World DJ Championships, inclusion of the DJ vs. DJ competitive game mode is a natural fit, giving beat chemists the option to battle head-to-head to determine virtual DJ supremacy. Additionally, two DJs can mix and scratch together on multiple turntable controllers, a player can join in to emcee over any track in the game with a mic or, using a Guitar Hero guitar controller along with a turntable controller, gamers can perform a series of infamous DJ-guitar exclusive mixes, just as many of the artists in DJ Hero have.
- Live and On Location – Where Guitar Hero brought gamers into the world of rock ‘n’ roll, DJ Hero brings gamers to the party with art design and venues reminiscent of real world locales from around the globe including an ultra plush Hollywood Hills style mansion to an open air beach club in Ibiza.
- Publisher: Activision Publishing/RedOctane
- Developer: FreeStyleGames (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and PS2)
- Release Date: Fall 2009