The new "PlayStation Portable" coming up in six colors
The new "PlayStation Portable" coming up in six colors
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Users can watch 1seg TV broadcast with the external tuner
Users can watch 1seg TV broadcast with the external tuner
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The new "PSP" weighs about 189 g, approximately 33% lighter than the predecessor's 280 g
The new "PSP" weighs about 189 g, approximately 33% lighter than the predecessor's 280 g
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The new "PSP" is 18.6 mm thick, about 19% slimmer than the predecessor's 23.0 mm
The new "PSP" is 18.6 mm thick, about 19% slimmer than the predecessor's 23.0 mm
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The new "PlayStation Portable" coming up in six colors
The new "PlayStation Portable" coming up in six colors
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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) disclosed the "PSP-2000," a new version of PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld game console, for the first time in Japan at the PlayStation Premier 2007 in Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills July 17, 2007.

In addition to the reduced weight and thickness compared with the current PSP, the Japanese edition allows 1seg broadcast viewing via an external 1seg tuner. SCEI had already announced the new PSP at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Santa Monica, Calif. from July 11 to 13, 2007.

The Japanese-edition new PSP supports 1seg reception to meet the requests from many users. The external tuner measures approximately 55.0 × 31.8 × 14.2 mm.

When the battery is fully charged, users can enjoy watching the broadcast for about three hours and a half, according to the company.

The weight has been slashed down about 33% from the existing edition's 280 g to 189 g. SCEI showcased the new PSP with an electronic balance, so visitors can actually feel the lightness using the balance. The thickness has been slimmed down about 19% to 18.6 mm, compared with the predecessor's 23.0 mm.

SCEI will start marketing both the new PSP and the external 1seg tuner September 20, 2007. The prices of the new PSP and the 1seg tuner are 19,800 yen (USD 162) and 6,980 yen (USD 57), respectively.

The company also announced Square Enix Co. Ltd. will release a limited edition packaging the new PSP, "Crisis Core - Final Fantasy VII -" game software and a mobile phone strap September 13, 2007, ahead of SCEI. The limited edition will be prepared 77,777 packages and sold at 25,890 yen (USD 212), according to SCEI.