After months of speculation, Sony has announced that the PlayStation Portable will launch in Japan on December 12th 2004 priced 19,800 yen excluding tax (around 145 Euro), with 21 games due out before the end of the year. Early high profile PSP software will include the promised EA titles (Need for Speed Underground Rivals and Tiger Woods PGA Tour), Dynasty Warriors from KOEI, Metal Gear Acid from Konami, Vampire Chronicle from Capcom, Puyo Pop Fever from SEGA, Hot Shots Golf from Sony and Ridge Racer from Namco.
The December 12th date puts the PSP on stores shelves in Japan ten days after Nintendo DS launches in the region. Nintendo's rival handheld is due on US store shelves even earlier on November 21st, and will cost less at just $149.99 (117 Euro). Nintendo has yet to clarify how many games will launch alongside the console. Sony has also clarified the battery life situation, stating in its press release this morning that the rechargeable Li-Ion battery will last "between four and six hours for game titles and continuous four to five hours for video viewing," based on the firm's own measurements. Those measurements assume display luminance is set to maximum (180 cd/m2) and minimum (80 cd/m2), while volume is set to half of the maximum level, headphone is in use and wireless LAN not in use.
News source: GamesIndustry.biz