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Sony To Use GPS In PSP Games?

Along with the great software recently, Sony is really working to make their sleek handheld niftier and niftier and niftier.

As the MTV Multiplayer blog reports, Sony plans to launch a GPS add-on for the PSP in early 2009, which some of us already knew. But what we didn't know is that they plan to issue gaming applications along with it! During an E3 interview, Sony's senior marketing manager for the PSP, John Koller, sounded quite enthusiastic about the prospect:

"That's [GPS] going to be a big one for us. It changes the dynamics of GPS but also changes the way developers think about games on PSP because you can start integrating GPS into it."

Koller elaborated by saying Sony will begin "shopping the GPS add-on to publishers this year," and that they're starting to consider different ways of implementing this new feature into games. Koller said Sony is "trying to look at different options," and we can imagine the brain-busting going on over this; just imagine the possibilities? Some of them may turn out to be lame and even pointless, but we're talking about major innovation in the realm of portable software. Well, potentially. We'll keep you updated on any news regarding this subject, just because we imagine it's in the interest of many PSP owners.

7/21/2008 Ben Dutka

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Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 10:32:30 PM

This is great to hear we finnaly get our GPS.I agree with you though Ben I see many of the games for it might be a little lame or useless.But if used by the right game Studioit could revolutionize portable gaming...This idea in a way was executed great by Konami in Metal Gear Solid:Portable Ops with the WiFi tracker.

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Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 10:53:16 PM

It might have a few good possibilities but i doubt there'll be enough game support to make it a worthwhile selling point.
The Playstation Eye isn't exactly supported by every game is it? and is GPS really as diverse as a camera/microphone?

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Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 11:44:09 PM

This is off subject but if the next Psp has a phone built in i wonder what Service they would try to host it on?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 1:30:14 PM

Maybe it would be free...thats hoping...

Probably Verizon though...

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 2:16:43 PM

I'd say AT n T (I tried the symbol but it wouldnt finish the rest of what i wrote) considering Verizon isn't international

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 1:34:03 AM

I was wondering when they were going to release gps here. Dont they already have it in japan?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 9:03:35 AM

@Jed, I don't know Japan, but I was in Europe early this month and there were GPS packs all over the stores iin about 60 or 70 euros. Including maps and a cool stand for the car.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 7:09:29 PM

Ive seen the youtube videos of the GPS and Mapit in action over in Europe and from what Ive seen Its gonna be well worth the wait. Could it be that Sony will use the GPS attachment to enable you to play the game online anywhere, regardless if you have an active wifi connection or not?

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