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UK PSP-2000 launch surges sales


Although sales of the PSP slowed to a crawl in the weeks before the PSP-2000 launched in the United Kingdom, all is forgiven thanks to Sony's new handheld, which help push 17,000 units in its first week.

According to a Sony representative, the PSP-2000, which launched in the UK Sept. 14, sold four times what the "old" PSPs did in the previous week. "We are very happy with the launch of Slim and Lite," a Sony rep said to MCV. "We expected sales in previous weeks to be low as we moved old stock through the channel."

As you all know, the next hurdle for Sony is to continue the momentum its built. But with so many great games on the horizon, the PSP-2000 could very well be the big hit this Christmas.

PSP Lite launch delayed for the UK


The bad news keeps on rolling in for UK residents interested in picking up a PSP Lite. The redesigned handheld seemingly has been delayed nine days: from its "before the rest of the world" September 5th date to a much more somber "after the rest of the world" date of September 14th. No official response has been provided from Sony, but with no advertising, no AV cables, and a single color at launch, it seems Sony is poised to disappoint their European fans with a lackluster attempt at launching a new system.

UK PSP sales rise 60% after price drop



Remember the UK PSP price drop? Or Amazon and Play.com's insistance on cutting another ten pounds off the cost? Well apparently it worked. Pocket Gamer has revealed that Sony are reporting a 60% increase in sales during the first weekend of the PSP wearing its new, slimmer price tag.

As Pocket Gamer have said, this is good timing. We have some great games coming up (Crisis Core and Dissidia, to name just two), not to mention a back-catalogue of excellent titles. Such as the newly released (in Europe, at least) Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters. Are you a new PSP owner who took advantage of the recent price cuts? Let us know.

[Via PS3 Forums]

Whoops! Metal Gear Solid forgets rating; no longer on sale

Months after the US and Japanese release, Europeans were supposed to enjoy Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops today. To make up for the excruciating delay, the PAL version will feature new content not available in the other releases, such as new characters, maps and missions. However, it appears Europeans will have to wait a little bit longer, as the game has been delayed yet again. Why? According to Pocket Gamer, it appears that the box art artist forgot to include the BBFC (the UK equivalent of the ESRB) rating for the game.

Without a rating on the box UMD, the game will not be sold at retailers. Whoops! This is a strange mishap, to say the least. It looks like European gamers will have to wait just a little bit longer as Konami fixes this mistake--but you guys are used to waiting, right?

PSP experiences price cuts worldwide

America isn't the only country enjoying a PSP price cut. This time, it's for our friends across the Atlantic. Starting May 4th, PSP will go for a paltry £129.99, a savings of £20. A "Platinum" range of titles is also being released: Ridge Racer 2, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, KillZone: Liberation, Loco Roco and Moto GP will all be available for £14.99 each.

The UK is not the only territory experiencing a PSP price drop. Korea also announced a discounted price for the system: 198,000 won, a savings of 50,000 won. The savings will take place starting April 26th.

Finally, our northern neighbors have also experienced a price drop. Canadians can now get their PSP systems for $199.99, a savings of $30. These global price cuts are showing a more aggressive stance from Sony--something all PSP fans can be thankful for.

[Via TVG, PSP-Vault, Extreme Gamer]

S.PORT brings replays to PSP


London's Arsenal fans better pack their PSP systems with them when traveling to their next game. Sony is introducing a prototype streaming program called S.PORT which will allow PSP owners to see replays, stats and other game scores via a wireless feed within the Arsenal Football Club.

"It will allow you to check to see whether or not a player really was off side", said Eric Siereveld, Director of Retail Transport Venues at Sony. There's a lot that Sony will have to address before the program goes live, such as whether or not it can work on other devices. If the services proves popular enough, there's no reason not to expand it: "It could be used at any stadium around the UK, or even a golf match where it is sometimes hard to see the ball flying through the air."

According to Pocket-lint, a trial is expected to begin shortly.

[Via CNET]

UK gamers left waiting for PSone game downloads

I've complained from time to time about the selection of downloadable PSone games for PSP in the US, but right now the UK has it much worse. At launch of the PS3, there are zero PSone games on the PlayStation Store for download to PSP. Sony hasn't made any statement as to when they'll show up, but the US had to wait a little while for this feature. Still, since the UK launch was much later than in Japan and the US, one would think Sony would have titles lined up for day one. In any case, let's hope for the sake of UK PS3 owners that the wait isn't too long.

[Via Games Radar]

UK Deal of the Day: Pink PSP for cheap


While the PSP Fanboy staff comes from the good ol' US of A, many of our readers do not. In fact, besides America, the United Kingdom makes up the second greatest demographic for us (10%), beating out other territories like Canada (4%), Germany (3%), and "Unknown Country" (2%).

So, let's celebrate our UK readers! Today, we have a special Deal of the Day just for you: amazon.co.uk is offering the pink PSP for only £99.99 (w/ free shipping), making it the same cost as the pink DS. Surely you, or your female friends, will appreciate it.

[Via DCEmu]

See also:
Pink PSP proves popular
A closer look at the pink PSP

UK gamers about to get Conned

The Con didn't exactly generate a lot of buzz when it originally came out for the PSP in the US. It was critically panned (getting a 64 average on metacritic) and didn't develop much of a following even from early PSP adopters. Despite all this, The Con is finally coming to the UK from SouthPeak Games with enhancements. It's reported to have faster load times and an adjusted difficulty level. With Tekken: Dark Resurrection and several other fighting options like Power Stone out for the system, I'm not sure The Con still has a market, but if you are interested in getting conned, you can pick up The Con in March on UK shores.

[Via DCEmu]

Channel 4 streams content to UK PSP owners


British commuters are getting access to a very cool new feature ... provided that they have PSPs. Channel 4, the edgiest television station in the UK, will offer streaming programming for PSP owners at one of 7,500 wi-fi locations owned by Cloud. Nathalie Schwarz, director of Channel 4 Radio, said: "Becoming the first broadcaster to make radio content available wirelessly on PSPs will help 4Radio connect with a young, mobile audience, making our programming easily available whenever and wherever they want."

It's expected that this service will expand to offer full television shows, such as the new Celebrity Big Brother (pictured above).

[Via Times Online]

GTA:VCS debuts at 6th in UK game charts


Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar Games, needed some financial help. They looked to the PSP as a source for the big bucks, and it looks like they're making a healthy return. Within one week of sales, the PSP-exclusive Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories debuted at number 6 in the UK game charts, making it the top-selling handheld game for the week. With Bully also ranking high, and nary a DS game in sight, it appears that both Take-Two and PSP can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy their success.

[Via Gamespot]

25 hottest games before Christmas


Pocket Gamer UK recently compiled a list of 25 noteworthy games coming to our beloved handheld by year's end (for British gamers, at least). If anyone says the PSP doesn't have games coming up for it, prove them wrong by showing them this incredible list. Which ones do you plan on picking up?

Ridge Racer 2
Power Stone Collection
SOCOM US Navy Seals Fireteam Bravo 2
Every Extend Extra
Pilot Academy
Metal Slug Anthology
Killzone: Liberation
HOT PXL
Need for Speed Carbon
Gun Showdown
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Madden NFL 07
Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded
Justice League Heroes
WWE Smackdown! vs. RAW 2007
Metal of Honor Heroes
Pro Evolution Soccer 6
Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
Lumines II
Thrillville
SEGA Mega Drive Collection
Tony Hawk's Project 8
Football Manager Handheld 2007
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge

Whew... that's quite a list. I know I'll personally be picking up at least five of these titles. Also, is it just me, or are game titles just getting way too long these days?

ASA rules UK PSP ads inoffensive

Remember that UK ad campaign that caused all that controversy? Well, it turns out the ASA deemed the ads inoffensive, the brainchild of TBWA London. Turns out the 45 complaints weren't enough to cause any retribution against the tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign. The phrases, which include the pictured "Your girlfriend's white bits here" and "Take a running leap," caused a bit of controversy, especially with the latter being located near subway rails. Sony voluntarily took down the subway rails poster, which is likely to remain viewless, but can have a field day with the rest now.

How do you fine readers feel about this verdict?

[Via Joystiq]



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