PlayStation Portable is very much on course for release in 2004, according to Sony Computer Entertainment chief technology officer Masa Chatani, who has also revealed some new details of the device's interface. Speaking to Famitsu this week, Chatani said that PSP would be out in Japan before the end of the year, with a worldwide launch in Q1 2005 - and reminded people that even the original PlayStation launch wasn't announced until a month prior to its December 94 ship-out.
"We made release within the year, and our plan to sell the PSP within the year is secure as well, so please be at ease," he told Famitsu. Analysts have raised doubts over those targets though, focusing on the lack of a release date or even a price point and arguing that an early or even mid-2005 release is a far more likely prospect.
News source: GamesIndustry.biz