Sony Computer Entertainment Japan today announced plans to release two new PSP hardware bundle packages on July 17.

The value pack consists of a Metallic Blue colored PSP, along with a pouch, hand strap, cloth, a 32MB Memory Stick, and a D Terminal AV Cable.

Then there's the 1 Seg Pack, which includes the same PSP, in addition to a 1GB Memory Stick and 1 Seg TV tuner. Both packs will retail for 23,800 yen and 29,800 yen respectively.

Press Release: Tokyo, June 3, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) responsible for business operations in Japan, today announced that it would release two PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) packs in "Metallic Blue" color, "PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Metallic Blue Value Pack" and "PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Metallic Blue 1 Seg Pack," featuring a new color for the summer season. Beginning Thursday July 17th, 2008, "PSP Metallic Blue Value Pack" and "PSP Metallic Blue 1 Seg Pack" will be released as a limited offer at recommended retail prices of 23,800 yen (including tax) and 29,800 yen (including tax) respectively.

"PSP Metallic Blue Value Pack" comprises a new "Metallic Blue" PSP, pouch, hand strap, cloth, a 32MB Memory Stick™ Duo, as well as a "D Terminal AV Cable (*1)" which allows users to enjoy high quality entertainment content on TVs in homes. "PSP Metallic Blue Value Pack" will be a great starter pack for those who wish to begin their PSP experience for the first time.

"PSP Metallic Blue 1 Seg Pack" bundles a "Metallic Blue" PSP with a widely popular "1 Seg" tuner, a pouch in the same blue color that can store the PSP system with the tuner attached, a stand to place the PSP system for TV viewing, strap, cloth, and a 1GB Memory Stick™ PRO Duo. This product is ideal for those who wish to enjoy not only games but also a variety of other PSP entertainment including "1 Seg" viewing.

For the upcoming summer season, a host of new and exciting software titles are scheduled to be released for PSP, including third party titles such as GUNDAM BATTLE UNIVERSE and SUPER ROBOT TAISEN A PORTABLE by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., The Legend of Heroes: SORA NO KISEKI by Nihon Falcom Corporation, and PHANTASY STAR PORTABLE by SEGA CORPORATION. (*2)

With these new offerings, together with the lineup of forthcoming new game titles, SCEJ will continue to expand the market and create a new world of handheld computer entertainment with PSP.

1 Progressive TV with D terminal AV input (D2-D5) is necessary to output images from PSP.

2 The titles are in alphabetical order according to company names.

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