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Sony Opens Official Site, Prepares For PSP Japanese Launch

Sony has now opened the <a href="http://www.playstation.jp/psp/index.html">official Japanese website</a> for its PSP handheld device, as the company prepares for a Decemb...

Simon Carless, Blogger

November 17, 2004

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Sony has now opened the official Japanese website for its PSP handheld device, as the company prepares for a December 12th release in Japan, ahead of an American and European roll-out in 2005. Although Nintendo's DS has been getting significantly more press of late, due to its earlier Western release, the near-final software release schedule for Sony's handheld, given fresh updates due to the PSP website opening, shows some promising titles launching in Japan before the end of the year. In particular, Namco's Ridge Racers debuts on December 12th, with the compilation of racing tracks from multiple previous titles in the series likely to be a hit with hardcore fans. Koei's PS2 semi-conversion Dynasty Warriors and Konami's brand-new 'card game' Metal Gear Ac!d debut on December 16th, with Electronic Arts' Need for Speed Underground Rivals also likely to debut in December. A number of these titles also feature wireless WiFi multiplayer modes, with Ridge Racers allowing 2-8 people to play on the same tracks. With some Japanese retail chains now allowing PSP pre-orders, although quickly becoming sold out, it's likely that the PSP's launch period will demand outstrip supply, similar to the imminent Nintendo DS launch. When the dust settles early next year, however, it should be easier to see the relative fates of the machines in Japan, whether the handhelds claim to be competing on the same playing-field or not.

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Simon Carless


Simon Carless is the founder of the GameDiscoverCo agency and creator of the popular GameDiscoverCo game discoverability newsletter. He consults with a number of PC/console publishers and developers, and was previously most known for his role helping to shape the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Conference for many years.

He is also an investor and advisor to UK indie game publisher No More Robots (Descenders, Hypnospace Outlaw), a previous publisher and editor-in-chief at both Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, and sits on the board of the Video Game History Foundation.

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