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08 August 2003, 03:17 AM
This ain't your dad's gameboy

Offical specs revealed in Japan. Other than the main CPU and memory there will be a GPU that is a combo of the Rendering Engine and Surface Engine with access to 2MB of VRAM at a 5.3 GB/sec bandwidth. There will be hardware support for polygons as well as curved surfaces(bezier, NURBS), morphing, clipping and others, anti-aliasing(?). The system's UMD disk is made up of 60 mm dual layered disk with can hold 1.8 GB, and the transfer rate is suppose to faster than the current DVD transfer standard. Also, the MPEG4 support has been explained, Sony will be using the AVC decoder, which has a high encoding rate, basically you could be watching a 2 hour movie at DVD quality. Sound support is killer, ATRAC3, AAC and mp3 with 3D and 7.1 channel sound. And the last tidbit is a wireless LAN support, which was demanded by game creators.

UMD(Universal Media Disc)
Laser Diode:660nm
Dual Layer :1.8GB
Transfer Rate:11Mbps
Shock Proof
Secure ROM by AES
Unique Disc ID

MIPS R4000 32bit Core
128bit Bus
1 - 333MHz @ 1.2V
Main Memory :8MB(eDRAM)
Bus Bandwidth :2.6GB/sec
I-Cache, D-Cache
FPU, VFPU (Vector Unit) @ 2.6GFlops
3D-CG Extended Instructions

PSP Media Engine
MIPS R4000 32bit Core
128bit Bus
1 - 333MHz @ 1.2V
Sub Memory:2MB(eDRAM) @ 2.6GB/sec
I-Cache, D-Cache
90nm CMOS

PSP Graphics Core 1
3D Curved Surface + 3D Polygon
Compressed Texture
Hardware Clipping, Morphing, Bone(8)
Hardware Tessellator
Bezier, B-Spline(NURBS)
ex 4x4, 16x16, 64x64 sub-division

PSP Graphics Core 2
'Rendering Engine' + 'Surface Engine'
256bit Bus, 1-166 MHz @ 1.2V
Bus Bandwidth :5.3GB/sec
Pixel Fill Rate :664 M pixels/sec
max 33 M polygon /sec(T&L)
24bit Full Color:RGBA

PSP Sound Core: VME
Reconfigurable DSPs
128bit Bus
166MHz @1.2V
5 Giga Operations /sec
3D Sound, Multi-Channel
Synthesizer, Effecter, etc

AVC Decoder
AVC(H.264) Decoder
Main Profile
Baseline Profile
2Hours(High Quality) - DVD movie
4Hours(Standard Quality) - CS Digital

USB 2.0
Memory Stick
Extension Port(reserved)
Stereo Head phone Out

Wireless LAN (i802.11)
USB 2.0

08 August 2003, 03:26 AM
yeah, but in a previous press release they said that they want to price this thing to compete with nintendo's GBA.

Maybe itll be possible in 2005 when this thing is schedualed for release?

08 August 2003, 07:25 AM
This things gonna be at least $150-$200

08 August 2003, 06:07 PM
i'll buy it for two reasons:

1] if they good games to back it. i'm talking about games made from the floor up just for this system.

2] if they take full advantage of the USB 2.0 and Memory Stick features and let you listen to mp3s and other media files. wouldn't mind paying $150-$200 for a portable game system + mp3 player. while it's no ipod, it will serve as another purpose.

08 August 2003, 06:24 PM
yes i hope it has support for memory sticks.
got loads for my camera that i dont use all that much so could do with another use out of them :)

08 August 2003, 08:36 PM
the cost isn't the problem.

The cost is battery life.

PSP = sony hype

08 August 2003, 08:40 PM
they posted a picture of the first PSP! here's what it's gonna look like!

08 August 2003, 09:16 PM
Nice one george ;)

They already mentioned you can use it for mp3's and movies, with a DivX player built in.

08 August 2003, 09:17 PM
hehe. shhhh.. ;)

08 August 2003, 09:32 PM
Originally posted by d8ed
they posted a picture of the first PSP! here's what it's gonna look like!

if im not mistaken, this is from's previous contest. please dont spread rumors like this.

08 August 2003, 09:45 PM
dude it's MY entry. it was a joke. relax. no one's life depends on how this thing is gonna look. =)

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