PSP sells 500,000+ units in two days

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced that its PlayStation Portable (PSP) generated more than US$150 million at North American retailers for its first week in sales, and sold through more than 500,000 units during its first two days alone. The PSP is a handheld video game console that can also watch movies and play music, and it can work with a Mac or PC using a USB 2.0 cable.

The $249 PSP features a 4.3-inch wide-screen LCD display and can store files transferred from a Mac onto its Memory Stick Duo Pro flash media card. Although you can do so without third-party software, several companies have stepped up to the plate with Mac to PSP sync utilities including iPSP, PSPWare and PocketMac for PSP. The system also uses a new Sony-developed 1.8-inch, 1.8GB optical drive called Universal Media Disc (UMD) to store games and movies. It also features built-in Wi-Fi and infrared (IR) data transfer support.

Sony has sold more than 1 million PSP units in Japan since its release in mid-December. Some analysts and industry experts speculated that Sony would run out of the first batch of PSPs it fingered for the North American market -- identified as up to 1 million units -- but that has apparently failed to happen. Sony noted that introduction of the PSP happened during "a traditionally slower non-holiday season launch, and during a period when many retailers were closed for Easter."

For more on the PSP and how it works with the Mac, please look at Macworld's Hands On with the Sony PlayStation Portable.

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