PSP Launch Details Announced
Sony announced their launch plans for the PSP, including date, complete package, and a pack-in movie.
Sony today announced the North American launch details for their PlayStation Portable, or PSP. Their first entry into the handheld game will hit store shelves on March 24 at an MSRP of $249.99 ($299.99 CND). Instead of having two different packs for sale like Sony did in Japan, the North American launch will consist of the Value Pack, forgoing the bare-bones single unit package.
The Value Pack, in addition to the PSP hardware, will contain one 32 MB Memory Stick Duo, headphones with remote control, battery pack, AC adaptor, soft case and cleaning cloth, and a movie/music/game video sampler UMD disc with multiple non-interactive game demos.
Surprising news comes in the form of a pack-in movie from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Spider-Man 2. The complete feature film on UMD will be included with the first one million units shipped.
Sony will manufacture one million units for sale in the North American market by the close of its fiscal year ending March 31. This figure is part of the company's total three-million-unit worldwide PSP system shipment estimate within the same time period.
PSP released in Japan on December 12, 2004, with more than 800,000 units shipped, including a 200,000-unit allocation that sold out on day one. For more on the technical details and merits of Sony PSP, click our Related Links for the Modojo Sony PSP Guide.