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PSP to Add GPS for a New Breed of Games

Zach Epstein
July 23rd, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Navigation, maps and GPS-supporting games are coming soon to a PSP near you. Yesterday’s revelation that the next-generation PSP will likely be equipped with a mic for Skype calls really didn’t seem to impress anyone. We don’t post often about PSP-related news but we thought we might give it one more shot. Word on the street is that Sony is currently putting some serious work into the development of a GPS attachment for the PSP. As soon as next year in fact, gamers may be able to start enjoying a new breed of portable gaming that ties location in with game play. There are tons of possibilities that we can think of right away and we’re sure that game labs will come up with plenty that we would have never even considered. In fact according to Senior Marketing Manager John Koller, Sony is already working on GPS gaming in its own labs as well as talking to third-party labs. Of course GPS-equipped PSPs will also support mapping and navigation, potentially replacing in-car units and even navigation on mobile phones. Navigating with that nice big screen should be a nice change for those who have been using Windows Mobile or S60 handsets for the past few years. Pricing and timing are both still a mystery at this point of course but we look forward to seeing the PSP get some GPS love sooner rather than later. We have to also wonder if the upcoming PSP 3000 will an internal GPS integration. It would certainly be nice to avoid having to worry about an external attachment.

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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