Lots of Titles Coming for Sony PSP11 Feb, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is putting some of its hottest movies literally into consumers' hands with the launch of a series of film titles for Sony's hotly anticipated new handheld entertainment system, the PSP (PlayStation Portable), which hits the market March 24.
SPHE today unveiled its first wave of Universal Media Disc (UMD) titles, a mini-disc exclusive to the PSP (PlayStation Portable). XXX, Hellboy, Resident Evil 2 and Once Upon a Time in Mexico street on UMD April 19.
More releases will follow in the following months. SPHE will announce pricing information for UMD next week.
Going forward, Sony's event movies, blockbuster theatrical hits, family titles and any films with strong appeal in the PSP's 18- to 24-year-old market will street simultaneously on DVD and UMD, said SPHE president Ben Feingold.
The first million PSP units shipped in North America will already come with Spider-Man 2.
Current theatrical releases for the studio, like The Boogeyman and Are We There Yet?, will arrive on UMD on the same day they street on DVD later this year, he said.
SPHE is focused on using the 1.8 GB of digital data space on the 60mm UMD discs to create the best possible picture quality, so UMD extras will likely be limited to trailers, Feingold said.
“The PSP is a much more sophisticated device [than other handheld gaming systems like Nintendo's GameBoy] with fantastic playback capability,” he said. “Visually, the picture quality is stunning.”
These new discs launching with the PSP's entry to the market marks an exciting time for the video industry, Feingold said.“This is going to be the good-news story of the year,” he said.