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The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated PSP) is a slab handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. Development of the console was first announced during E3 2003, and it was unveiled on May 11, 2004 at a Sony press conference before E3 2004. The system was released in Japan on December 12, 2004, in North America on March 24, 2005, and in the PAL region on September 1, 2005.

The PlayStation Portable is the first handheld video game console to use an optical disc format, Universal Media Disc (UMD), as its primary storage media. Other distinguishing features of the console include its large viewing screen, robust multi-media capabilities, and connectivity with the PlayStation 3, other PSPs, and the Internet.

Despite the console's considerable computing power and its formidable multimedia capabilities, sales have consistently lagged behind its main competitor, the Nintendo DS. After the release of a remodeled, slimmer, and lighter version of the PlayStation Portable, appropriately titled Slim and Lite, in early September 2007, sales quadrupled in the United Kingdom the following week and increased by nearly 200% in North America for the month of October. Although the PSP has faced very stiff competition from the Nintendo DS, it has been by far the most successful handheld console not manufactured by Nintendo.

You know it as the ultimate handheld gaming system-the place to play the very best in portable games. You may even know that the PSP? (PlayStation? Portable) system can do a bunch of other things as well. The thing is, once you've held all this in the palm of your hand, you won't ever be the same. The PSP? system has a boatload of talents, including:
Gaming: Over 350 titles-and more coming all the time
Video: More than 460 feature films, TV programs and music videos available on UMD? disc (each sold seperately)
Music: It plays MP3s, WAVs, WMAs, ATRAC3+ and MP4s
Photo: Create a slide show of your photos or beam them to friends via Wi-Fi
Network: Communicate with other PSP? systems, play games online, browse the Web and more
RSS: Stay up-to-the-minute with your fave blogs, podcasts and news feeds

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