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Sony reveal details on PSP chips

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 25 Aug 2004 6:07 User comments (4)

Sony reveal details on PSP chips Yesterday, Sony revealed some details about the chips they will be using to power their upcoming Playstation Portable. The chipset includes the CPU, a 3D graphics engine, a media processor, a security processor and a power manager. The MIPS R4000-based CPU runs at 333MHz, its frontside bus runs at up to 166MHz, with both frequencies controlled by processor load and it contains a vector processing engine according to Sony chip designer Masanobu Okabe. The graphics sub-system will operate across a 512-bit bus and is capable of rendering 664m pixels per second and 35m polygons per second. The core operates at 166MHz and includes 2MB of integrated buffer DRAM and a further 2MB of embedded DRAM is dedicated to the main processor.
The dedicated security engine will be used in attempt to prevent game piracy and protect the PSP from being hacked. Sony's other gaming consoles have all been hacked and modchips are used to bypass the security. Sony hopes this new technology will eliminate piracy of PSP games.

The PSP will support USB 2.0, MemoryStick and up to 32MB of DDR SDRAM. The PSP will feature a 4.3in, 480 x 272 widescreen LCD and will weigh 260g. It measures 17 x 7.4 x 2.3cm. It uses a 1.8GB optical disc called Universal Media Disc to store content.

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4 user comments

125.8.2004 10:05

That's some powerful specs, but the real issue here is the price and quality of games. After shelling out $200-$300 for a PSP, do I really want some GBA type games on my PSP? I'm not saying GBA games are bad, but most are mediocre, and those that are "amazing" are because they're the best the GBA can offer, which isn't really that much.

225.8.2004 11:33

Are you guys taking bets on how long before the security is circumvented :D

325.8.2004 21:26

Most probably :) I tend to think anything CD-based can be cracked. Only cartidges have a chance against being cracked! But hell, look at the GBA, there are pirated 120MB Cartidges everywhere.

Everyone is entitled to their own true opinion. Either respect that or don't.

45.1.2005 14:58

Hey guys, i finally got my psp. Along with Metal Gear acid, the somelike Golf game and a japanese game! It's awesome

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