PSP gets camera, GPS and game downloads

How foolish we were thinking the PS3 launch schedule would be the most exciting news up Sony’s sleeve this morning: it’s just announced a veritable tr

How foolish we were thinking the PS3 launch schedule would be the most exciting news up Sony’s sleeve this morning: it’s just announced a veritable treasure chest of new goodies for the PSP including a camera and GPS add-on.

Available from autumn, the new PSP-300 camera and PSP-290 GPS receiver will bolster the handheld console’s already impressive multimedia CV, and open up possibilities for less conventional games.

Using its new extras, the PSP will add Eyetoy-like motion tracking and a video chat function to its titles, and also act as a standalone portable sat-nav system.

Incredibly, this was just the start of Sony’s revelations. It’s also promised a new download service offering ‘selected popular Playstation titles from the past’, which is no doubt the start of a full-blown online games superstore.

You’ll also be able to buy a new bare-bones ‘Base model’ (above), which will ship with just the AC adaptor and battery pack, from 22nd March for €199 (£140).

Sony’s final announcement concerned software upgrades – a Macromedia flash player will be added and enhanced RSS Channel functions will let you save and play internet radio stations.

That’s one impressive roll call of new features, and probably means we won’t be seeing the much-rumoured PSP2. We’ll give you more details when we get them – until then, give your PSP some rest, he’s got a busy year ahead. 

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