PlayStation Portable (PSP)
PlayStation Portable, PSP, also known as PSP FAT; PSP Slim and Lite; PSP Bright; PSP Street is a handheld video game console manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. The PlayStation Portable is Sony's third product in the PlayStation line. The PSP was announced at E3 2003, and the first console was shown to the public on May 11, 2004 at a press conference held by Sony as part of E3 2004. The console was first sold in Japan on December 12, 2004, in North America on March 24, 2005, and in PAL regions on September 1, 2005.
The PlayStation Portable was the first handheld game console to use the Universal Media Disc (UMD) optical drive as its main storage medium.
On January 27, 2011, Sony announced the next portable console, the PlayStation Vita, formerly known as the Next Generation Portable (NGP).
Ideas for creating a portable console from Sony appeared back in 1997, when the portable console PocketStation entered the Japanese market. But sales did not work out, and already in 1998 the company curtailed the production of this portable game console.
Sony first announced the development of the PlayStation Portable at a press conference prior to E3 2003. While no prototype of the console was shown either at the press conference itself or at E3, Sony released a large number of technical details about the new system. Then the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Ken Kutaragi called the device "Walkman of the XXI century" in confirmation of the multimedia capabilities of the console. Several gaming websites were impressed with the console's computing capabilities and foresaw the system's potential as a gaming platform.
The first concept images of the PSP appeared in November 2002 at the Sony Corporate Strategy Meeting and featured a PSP with flat buttons and no analog tablet. While some expressed concern about the lack of an analog joystick, those fears dissipated when the PSP was officially revealed at the Sony press conference during E3 2004. In addition to announcing more information about the system and its accessories, Sony also unveiled a list of 99 companies- developers who have declared support for the new console. Several PSP game demos such as Metal Gear Acid and Wipeout Pure SCE Studio Liverpool were also shown at the conference.