Sony turns PDA's into games machines with PocketStation

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TOKYO -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. will launch on December 23 in Japan a miniature Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) called PocketStation, which will greatly enhance the gaming experience and enjoyment of its PlayStation console. By spring 1999, 31 titles compatible with PocketStation are scheduled to be released by several publishers including Sony.

PocketStation can be used as a Memory Card to save PlayStation games. In addition, various compatible software downloaded from the PlayStation console can be played with the PDA, enabling users to carry their favorite application software anywhere, and to enjoy them anytime in a variety of situations, such as in the car or on the train.

The SCPH-4000 PocketStation is a PDA equipped with a programmable 32 bit RISC processor together with an LCD screen and a high quality speaker.

In addition, by using the bi-directional infrared communication capability, exchange of data can be done anytime, anywhere between PocketStations directly, without using the PlayStation console as a bridge.

PocketStation is positioned as an intelligent peripheral for the PlayStation.

Copyright October 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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