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Koller: Ten Year Lifecycle For PSP, Future Iterations Possible

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330w ago - The PS2, released to market in 2000, is still going strong. After all, Sony promised they would support the console for at least ten years, and they've definitely kept true to that promise thus far. The company plans to support its handheld gaming device, the PSP, for just as long, according to marketing head John Koller:

We look at it just like our console business being a 10 year cycle, but we do see iterations as we go along to really adjust to the market.

What we've done is the 2000 series adjusted to the market in terms of making it more portable. What we're seeing now, at least in the near- to mid-term, is going to be firmware updates that add features and other functions that the consumer's asked for.

Not surprising one bit as the PSP still has much untapped potential, which will undoubtedly be further exploited by firmware upgrades and the like. What's interesting, though, is Koller mentioning that we may see future iterations of the handheld. Time will tell...
 

Sony releasing PSP 'extended life' battery compatible with both models

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347w ago - A Dutch PSP site has the scoop that Sony is to launch a brand new battery which is compatible with both the PSP orginal and the new PSP Slim & Lite.

The new 2200mAh should offer 20% more power on older models and 80% more life on the Slim version. However, on the PSP Slim, the battery will bulge out so new battery covers will be included.
 

Ken Kutaragi to receive lifetime achievement award

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347w ago - The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has named former President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Ken Kutaragi, the recipient of the coveted 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. The President of the AIAS said "If it wasn't for Ken and his concept of the original PlayStation, there wouldn't be the billion dollar industry there is today. His contributions have clearly set new standards for developers, publishers and consumers worldwide.". He was also praised for his passion and innovative thinking.

To quote: About Ken Kutaragi:

The "Father of PlayStation" launched his career in 1975 by joining Sony Corporation's research lab, where he earned the reputation as an excellent problem solver and forward-thinking engineer. This same reputation was confirmed over the years by Kutaragi's vision and foresight of the potential of computer entertainment. In the late 1980's, he presented his idea to build new gaming technology. This landmark proposal to Sony allowed Kataragi to bring to the market in 1994, the original PlayStation.

Just five years later, in 1999, on the heels of the PlayStation launch success, Kutaragi was named president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. During his tenure as president, he spearheaded the release of the next-generation PlayStation...
 

PS3 Orange Box trailing 360, PC versions

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359w ago - Valve reveals Sony edition of five-game Half-Life 2 compilation is due "several weeks" after its siblings; retailers list it with mid-November ship date.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif--At Electronic Arts' 2006 Summer Showcase, the publisher surprised the game industry by announcing it was distributing The Orange Box from Valve Software. The compilation contains five games--Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life Episode Two, Team Fortress 2 and Portal--and was slated for a fall 2006 release for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Unsurprisingly, given Valve's habit of missing deadlines, The Orange Box was delayed--first to summer 2007, then to a simultaneous October 9 release on all platforms. Now, one version of the game has been delayed again. Speaking with GameSpot at this year's EA Studio Showcase, Valve director of marketing Doug Lombardi confirmed that the PS3 version of The Orange Box "will trail the PC and Xbox 360 versions by a couple of weeks."
 
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