Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced that its
(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
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.”
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