Sony announced today their first party launch software for the North American release of their new portable console the PSP. There are some great looking games amongst the titles listed but it does lack any really big name titles like Metal Gear Solid or Gran Turismo. Much like the PlayStation 2, it seems the real 'system sellers' will be coming out slightly after the console itself. NZGamer will keep our ears to the ground for local release news.
-Ape Escape: On the Loose
-ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails
-Twisted Metal: Head On
-World Tour Soccer
Will all be available during the launch window and will be priced at US $39.99, which according to Google equals $54NZD although I don't think we'll be seeing them quite that cheap!
With PSP graphics rendering capabilities comparable to the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, PSP provides 3D games with high-quality, full-motion video and high-fidelity audio. PSP features an unmatched 4.3-inch, 16:9 wide screen TFT LCD and is complete with built-in stereo speakers, exterior headphone connector and diverse input/output connectors such as USB 2.0, and 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless LAN, enabling users to connect to the Internet and play online via a wireless network.*
*Certain game restrictions may apply. Access may be subject to Wi-Fi fees
"We are proud to present eight great PSP titles at launch from our internal studio groups at Sony Computer Entertainment," said Jack Tretton, executive vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "By taking the best of our franchises and making them truly new and unique on PSP, we are able to deliver stunning visuals and excitement never before seen. With many other innovative and original products on the horizon, consumers can expect March 24 to be the beginning of an unprecedented year for gaming and a revolutionary leap in the portable space."
Inspired by hit franchises, all eight first party titles are being specifically developed and optimized for the PSP by Sony Computer Entertainment America's group of elite developers in an effort to ensure that PSP will launch with a broad cross section of entertainment genres.