Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces North American Availability of Updated PSP® (Playstation®Portable) System

Updated PSP - Featuring New LCD Screen and Built-in Microphone - Will Be Included in Ratchet & Clank® PSP Entertainment Pack and PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack

PRNewswire
FOSTER CITY, Calif.
Aug 20, 2008

In conjunction with a global announcement by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced the North American availability of the updated PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) system (PSP-3000). Available on October 14 in the previously announced Ratchet & Clank®: Size Matters™ PSP Entertainment Pack, the updated PSP will feature a new LCD screen with a wider color gamut and anti-reflection technology, as well as a built-in microphone to enhance both multi-player gaming and Skype™ calls. The form factor and overall functionality of the current, slimmed-down PSP-2000 will remain the same with the updated PSP system. SCEA today also announced the PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack ($199.99 MSRP), which will include the updated PSP, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and a PLAYSTATION®Network voucher to download Everyday Shooter for PSP system. In addition to the bundles, the updated PSP will be available as a stand-alone product later this year.

"As we head into the holiday shopping season, both of these new Entertainment Packs represent a significant value for gift-givers, combining the updated PSP and its enhanced screen with content that showcases the PSP's gaming and entertainment functionality," said Peter Dille, senior vice president, marketing and PLAYSTATION Network, SCEA. "The 4GB Memory bundle is geared toward the digital entertainment enthusiast who likes to bring their media files on-the-go and download content from the PLAYSTATION Network. The Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters bundle is a great family-friendly option centered on one of the most beloved PlayStation franchises."

As announced at the E3 Media & Business Summit, the Ratchet & Clank PSP Entertainment Pack will be available for $199.99 (MSRP) on October 14. The Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters PSP Entertainment Pack includes:

  --  Updated Mystic Silver PSP system; the first updated PSP available on
      store shelves
  --  Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters -- In this PSP Greatest Hits title,
      Ratchet and Clank go back to the franchise's roots with classic
      Ratchet & Clank® gameplay. While on a much needed vacation, Ratchet
      and Clank's rest and relaxation time is suddenly cut short as they
      soon find themselves lured into a mysterious quest.
  --  "National Treasure 2: Book Of Secrets" UMD® video -- Join Nicolas
      Cage on a heart-pounding adventure that will have you on the edge of
      your seat in a race to find the Lost City of Gold. Grounded in
      history, imbued with myth and mystery, Disney's "National Treasure 2:
      Book Of Secrets" takes you on a globe-trotting quest full of
      adrenaline-pumping twists and turns -- all leading to the final clue
      in a mysterious and highly guarded book containing centuries of
      secrets.
  --  echochrome™ PLAYSTATION Network voucher* -- Featuring an elegant
      black and white art design, echochrome is a puzzle game unlike any
      other. With gameplay based on optical illusions, players must utilize
      five simple laws of perspective to join walkways, hide dangers, and
      create new paths to reach the "echos," or shadow guides. Download
      echochrome for PSP from PLAYSTATION®Store
      (http://store.playstation.com/) to your Memory Stick PRO Duo with the
      included voucher.
  --  1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo -- Store your photos, music, videos,
      downloadable games and game saves.


The PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack will be the first bundle to feature a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, offering plenty of storage for saving movies and TV shows downloaded from the recently launched PLAYSTATION Network video delivery service. The bundle will be available in November for $199.99 (MSRP).

  The PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack includes:
  --  Updated Piano Black PSP system
  --  4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo -- Store more photos, music, videos,
      downloadable games and game saves.
  --  Everyday Shooter PLAYSTATION Network voucher* -- A colorful and
      music-driven arcade shooter, Everyday Shooter won three awards at the
      Independent Gaming Festival at the 2007 Game Developers Conference.
      Unlike traditional arcade shooters, in Everyday Shooter each on-screen
      interaction is a note, chord, or riff that plays in harmony with each
      level's unique music track. The title is available for PLAYSTATION®3
      and will be making its debut for PSP. Download Everyday Shooter for
      PSP from PLAYSTATION Store to your Memory Stick PRO Duo with the
      included voucher.


In addition to the new PSP Entertainment Packs, an updated PSP in Piano Black will be available later this year as part of the PSP Core Pack, which includes an AC adaptor and battery pack for $169.99 (MSRP).

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) handheld entertainment system, and the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services PLAYSTATION® Network and PLAYSTATION® Store.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the PSP system and the PS3 system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

  Visit us on the Web at http://www.us.playstation.com/.
  *  Memory Stick PRO Duo and PLAYSTATION Network registration are required.
     User responsible for all applicable Internet fees. Voucher for
     echochrome expires February 28, 2009. Voucher for Everyday Shooter
     expires March 15, 2009.

"PlayStation", "PLAYSTATION", "PSP", "PS one" and "UMD" are registered trademarks and "PS3" is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "Memory Stick PRO Duo" is a trademark of Sony Corporation. Skype is a trademark of Skype Limited. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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CONTACT: Al de Leon of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.,
+1-650-655-7348, al_deleon@playstation.sony.com; or Lisa Chan,
+1-415-321-1885, lisac@sparkpr.com for Sony Computer Entertainment America
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