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Wherefore art thou, Skype headset?


Why is this taking so long? Many have inquired about the PSP Skype headset, which was originally listed as an April release for $20. Now, amazon.com is showing a May 7th release and a price of $30.

We love using Skype on our PSP -- it's a nifty free feature that we'd like to see become ubiquitous in the community. However, without this official headset, we don't think too many people are going to jump on the Skype bandwagon. C'mon, Sony! Let's get this headset out there!

Update: Reader Rick Adams pointed out an excellent deal: buy.com has the headset available for $16 + $6 shipping. They have the product listed for release on April 25th.

[Thanks, Bryan!]

Skype headset for PSP coming April, for $20


Looks like that rumor was right ...

The PSP Headset Kit for Skype is coming in April for a very affordable price of $20. This kit makes much more sense than the current solution, which requires users to get two separate accessories. Hopefully, this release will not only encourage more PSP users to try Skype, but to try voice communication in their online-enabled games.

Rumor: New accessories coming in April


A supposedly leaked PowerPoint presentation revealed some potentially new accessories from Sony. If this information turns out to be true, PSP owners can anticipate a new traveler case and Media Manager software this coming April/May. Both will retail for $20. More exciting, however, is the potential for a Skype Headset Kit. Currently, PSP owners must purchase two separate accessories in order for Skype to work. Providing one easy to purchase solution is far more ideal.

The same PowerPoint presentation also mentions that SCEA is planning to release the GPS peripheral in America for under $150. Unfortunately, when asked for comment, a SCEA rep informed us that "any information is speculation and rumor."

Plantronics makes new PSP headset

Do you have a PSP headset? Not too many people do. Sony's official headset may seem cheap but don't be fooled: it requires that you have another accessory--one that isn't included with the $20 price tag. The PSP remote is also required for those that want to take advantage of Sony's microphone. Sure, it came included with PSP Value Packs, but many late adopters of the system will be forced to buy a separate $20 accessory.

If this all sounds too confusing to you, don't worry. Plantronics is releasing their own third-party headset accessory, which combines the functionality of Sony's headset and remote. It may seem expensive at its $35 retail price, but that's actually cheaper than buying both of Sony's peripherals. PSP GadgetZ also notes that Gamestop.com is providing the headset for even cheaper: $30.

While $30 may seem a bit steep for a headset, gamers that want to take advantage of the upcoming Killzone multiplayer patch may want to grab this as soon as possible.

Bluetooth headset for the PSP

Wires are so dated. Logitec wants to free you with their Bluetooth headset, supposedly the first "good" Bluetooth headset for the PSP, at least according to PSP-Vault. The peripheral will fit snugly under the system and is powered by a single AAA battery. You'll be able to switch between phone calls and your PSP content on the fly. And with a 10 meter range, you won't be tethered to your system (of course, one should recognize that it's much more difficult to play games in less than 10 meter ranges).

Of course, like all other bluetooth headphones, it's not going to come cheap: according to Impress Watch, it'll be 12,800 yen (~$110).

It's the PSP phone! No, it's not


People have been clamoring for a PSP phone for a while, but this is certainly not the way to do it. An aptly-named blog, "I'm bored," appears to have concocted a way to have a telephone headset operate on the PSP. Certainly, far less sexy than the official PSP headset, but it may be the only option for those of you unwilling to shell out the $20.

[Via Kotaku]

P-Kara brings karaoke to the Japanese masses


At Tokyo Game Show, Sony unveiled a game called P-Kara, a karaoke game that's supposed to give users access to thousands of songs. The game is now available in Japan, and although it looks to feature some really great songs, it's also a little pricey: the game retails for 6980 yen. Granted, this includes the cost of a SOCOM headset and 20 songs on the UMD. The game becomes considerably more expensive when you consider the monthly subscription fees the game charges: 840 yen (~$7US) a month for "all you can sing" access. If you want to download songs for offline play, that'll cost you an additional 105 yen (~$1US).

P-Kara will rank your performance against other P-Kara users so you can be sure how awful you sing. Regardless, with songs like 愛しすぎて from CHEMISTRY, * ~アスタリスク~ from ORANGE RANGE, and more [full song list], I want to get it now. Unfortunately, a gaijin like myself can't register for the service (So-Net requires a Japanese mailing address when registering!) Considering how unlikely a game like this will ever leave Japan, that blows big time.

[Via Pocket Gamer, Siliconera & PSP GadgetZ]

Record your voice on the go


Art's PSP Memo Recorder is a traditional homebrew application that saves audio files recorded using the PSP headset. Imagine how useful this might be, espcially for a college student. For example, you're sitting in class, watching a movie discretely under a textbook, hiding your system from the professor. But wait! He's telling you something that'll be on the midterm! Switch over to this homebrew app, record what he's saying and save your ass from flunking out of college. Sweet!

Of course, you could stop playing those video games and actually start "studying." Nah.

How the PSP can overcome the PSP-inspired mylo

David Carony, executive editor at CNET, has a lot to say about Sony, the PSP, and their newly announced mylo. Sony's attempting to market the device at a whopping $350, which is ridiculous when many, if not all of its features can be implemented in the PSP, or a PSP redesign. With the right accessories and firmware upgrades, the PSP can do every thing the mylo can... plus it can play games. And at $199, it would be a bargain for the consumer. Here's a list of what Carony believes will make the PSP better:
  1. Skype support to make Internet (VoIP) calls (using the SOCOM headset).
  2. Support for Slingbox (a competitor of Location-Free TV). Sony could make some bling by not selling hardware, but selling a Slingbox application.
  3. Built-in IM applications, similar to mylo's support for Yahoo! and Google.
  4. Better e-mail integration.
  5. Keyboard accessory.
  6. Video output for TV.
  7. Stop making Connect so crappy. Where's the revamp?
These are all great, plausible and reasonable upgrades that Sony can provide. If Sony actually took these suggestions to heart, I know a ton more college students and business people would pick up a PSP. Let's hope Sony has the brains to follow through on some of this.

[Via PSP World]



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