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Sony to equip mobile video game handset with wireless LAN.

TOKYO, July 29 Kyodo

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) will equip its planned mobile video game handset, the PSP, with a wireless local area network (LAN) mechanism to enable users to play video games from locations far apart and online, SCE officials said Tuesday.

SCE, a Sony Corp. arm, plans to put the gadget capable of high-speed data exchange on the market in the October-December period of 2004, the officials said.

A growing number of businesses are setting up access points -- through which computer users can access the Internet wirelessly -- in a range of locations where people tend to assemble, such as coffee shops and railway stations.

Should would-be PSP purchasers use the new gadgets at these places equipped with such access points, it would enable them to play online video games with friends in faraway locations, they said.

If users install radio relay devices in their households, it will enable them to play online video games wirelessly with family members or others in separate rooms.

The planned handset will be equipped with a high-resolution liquid crystal display, 6-inch optical disk drive and two microprocessors, they said.

SCE plans to take the wraps off the experimental model of the PSP in the United States next May, they added.
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Title Annotation:Sony Computer Entertainment's PSP
Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Aug 4, 2003
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