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The GPS games: more details revealed

The upcoming camera and GPS peripherals have been getting a lot of attention, most notably because they have the ability to extend the PSP's already impressive capability set, and interface with games in new, original ways. One of the more creative examples we mentioned earlier was Hot Shot Golf's communication with GPS that transforms the game into a personal golf assistant when you're actually on one of Japan's golf courses. According to IT Media, this can become the "golf tool of the new age." This will certainly bring in a very unique audience to the world of gaming: golfers, who might pick up a PSP just to get all the golf data they could ever want. (But we wonder, how many people will actually use this functionality? And: will it work on US golf courses?)

Of course, Hot Shots Golf isn't the only game using PSP's GPS feature. Read on to see how other software is taking advantage of the device.

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Homestar gets a lot cooler: now includes GPS support

I got a little flak in my previous post about Homestar, the non-game where you can learn about the stars. It seems like you guys really were interested in the game (at least those of you brave enough to leave comments). Well, Impress Watch has revealed that the game will be the second to support the upcoming GPS peripheral. Using the device, the game will be able to recreate what your night sky should look like. If you live in New York City like I do, that means you haven't seen the stars in years due to light pollution. Homestar just got a whole lot cooler in my book.

Although the GPS peripheral does not have a release date, Homestar comes out in Japan in October. Check out Impress Watch for more screenshots of the game in action.

[Via IGN]

Five million stars in new PSP non-game

Nintendo has learned a valuable lesson from its Touch Generation series of games: people don't want to play games, they want to learn! Sega plans on bringing a new non-game to the PSP called Homestar, which unfortunately has nothing to do with Homestar Runner. It's a planetarium that fits in your pocket, with five million stars, sixteen magnitudes of zoom, and the ability to recreate natural phenomenon like eclipses. You'll be able to read up on the history of certain stellar bodies, and with Fantasy Theater mode, you can learn more about the stars in a voice-narrated guide, similar to space shows at natural history museums.

It's coming to Japan on 10/19 and comes with the low, low price of 3280 yen (about $30). Are you going to rush out and pre-order this baby? Because I'm not...

[Via IGN]

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