iRiver picks a fight with the PSP

The new dictionary definition of plucky: after years of battling the iPod in the MP3 market, iRiver turns its attentions to the PSP with a handheld ga

The new dictionary definition of plucky: after years of battling the iPod in the MP3 market, iRiver turns its attentions to the PSP with a handheld games console.

The G10 will be hitting UK shores before Christmas, and has a few aces up its Korean sleeve. On the spec front it’ll sport a glorious 4in, 800x480 pixel display and – like the next Gizmondo - run Windows CE 5.0.

Most impressive, though, is its killer jab at the PSP and Nintendo DS: internal storage of either 4GB or 8GB, making the new gamer a potential multimedia mogul too.

According to web whispers, a Wi-Fi connection will not only let you battle mates wirelessly and download games, but will ultimately hook up to an iRiver music and movie service (it already has one in Korea). If that’s is true, the G10 could yet do the impossible and succeed where the Gizmodo and N-Gage have nosedived.

The Korean company, currently undergoing a structural reshuffle and centralisation of resources back to its homeland, also had some more concrete announcements. The U10, its tiny, kooky video player, will be available in a 2GB guise from March or April, and its line of flash music players, including the H10 and T range, will soon be available in new capacities.

Music, though, is unlikely to remain iRiver’s main hobby, with the company hinting at going down the Archos route, with less focus on MP3 and more on convergence, perhaps even including sat-nav and organiser features. And to that we raise a glass – there are plenty more seats at the convergence table.