Sony’s new PSP: will it steal the DS lead?

340w ago - Sony is launching the new Star Wars Battlefront PSP entertainment pack today. Is this going to turn the tide against the Nintendo DS, which has been outselling the PSP by 2-to-1? Not likely. It's nice that it comes in new colors and in interesting new bundles, like the new Star Wars Battlefront bundle that is available today. It's good that the PSP is a third lighter. But issues remain with the UMD disc format and the ease with which you can turn this device into a music and video player. The video out feature where you can take the image on the PSP and display it on a TV set is nice, but those images weren't really meant to look nice on an HDTV. Hence, the value of that application is limited.

Here's Sony's information:

With the Star Wars franchise being one of the world's most beloved, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) is excited to announce today the availability of the limited-edition Star Wars Battlefront® PSP Entertainment Pack, which features the newly enhanced PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system in "Ceramic White" with a Darth Vader silkscreen on the back of the unit. The package, available for $199.99 (MSRP), also includes the highly anticipated game, Star Wars Battlefront®: Renegade Squadron™, an exclusive to the PSP system.

Soon to be a collectors' item among gaming and Star Wars enthusiasts, this PSP Entertainment Pack will only be on store shelves for a limited time leading up to the holiday season, making it a must-have for holiday shoppers looking for a one-of-a-kind gift.

The new PSP system - which first hit shelves in September as part of the Daxter PSP Entertainment Pack featuring an "Ice Silver" PSP, as well as the PSP Core Pack in "Piano Black" - is slimmer, lighter, and includes a video-out port, among other enhancements. The new design, along with PSP system's growing library of games and other entertainment content, has sparked strong consumer interest in the platform, driving sales on both hardware and software.

About Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron is the next chapter of the best-selling Star Wars Battlefront series from LucasArts. Set during the Original Trilogy era, the game is the previously untold story of a ragtag ensemble of battle-hardened rogues and scoundrels assembled by Han Solo. Now for the first time ever in Star Wars Battlefront, you can customize your character, select your weapons, choose your abilities and create a different experience every time you play.

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