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Ask PSP Fanboy: Volume 31


Ask PSP Fanboy is back with an all new edition. Every few weekends, PSP Fanboy will answer your burning questions. If you have a question for the team, send an e-mail to andrew @ joystiq.com with the subject "Ask PSP Fanboy."

Q: What is the story with GPS and the camera for US consumers? Will it ever be available retail for US?
A: The GPS and camera will be available in the US ... next year. If you can't wait, you can always import the GPS and camera. While the camera will work fine with the downloadable Go!Edit software, the GPS will require you to have a homebrew enabled system. Supposedly, the US version of the GPS device will be enhanced in some way. We don't know when these PSP peripherals are going to make it to the US, but if we had to guess, it would be during Spring, before people get ready for their summer plans.

Q: Are there any protective cases specifically for the PSP Slim?
A: Hard cases for the PSP Slim have been hard to come by, especially because Sony hasn't made an official one. If you're using a soft pouch, like the one included with the PSP at launch, those will work just fine. Mad Catz seems to have a case for the Slim -- but we haven't tried it out yet. Play-Asia also has a fantastic list of products made specifically for the redesigned system, and cases and pouches are on the list.

Q: I haven't caught up with PSP firmware updates in a while, and wanted to know: Does the PSP support 640x480 AVC video? A lot of video podcasts are now formatted for the higher-res resolution to work better with the iPod lineup, so I'm hoping H.264 at that resolution would be natively supported by now so I can get some better MPEG-4 videos that work on other devices in addition to the PSP.
A: Frustratingly, this hasn't been addressed by Sony quite yet. Although PSP can easily run video at resolutions up to 720x480, the firmware doesn't let you play videos that don't meet their specific requirements. It's something we've been pestering Sony about, and we hope that they can fix this soon.

Q: Does the new slim PSP have a smaller headphone jack?
A: No, your headphones should work perfectly fine. However, your old PSP remote will not work. You'll need to buy new ones, specifically made for the Slim.

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