Sony has revealed plans for the U.S. release of its multimedia handheld gaming device, PlayStation Portable, and in a rare sign of synergy for the Japanese electronics giant, Sony Pictures is taking part in the launch.
Studio will include a copy of “Spider-Man 2” on universal media disc, a new format for the PSP, in the first million units of the new device that ship.
The PSP, which will debut in the U.S. March 24 with a price of $250, is Sony’s attempt to challenge Nintendo in the lucrative handheld gaming market. It features vidgame quality similar to the PlayStation 2 console, along with the ability to play music and movies and store photos.
Sony is in talks with several studios to provide movies for the PSP, but its sister company is the only one on board so far. And in a sign that movies won’t be widely available for the device for a while, even Sony Pictures doesn’t yet have plans to release movies for PSP beyond “Spider-Man 2.”
Since its release in Japan, more than 800,000 PSP units have shipped at a price of about $200. Most major game publishers are creating titles for the new device.