PSP GPS Hardware Ships, Software to Follow?

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We mentioned a few months ago that a GPS receiver and its associated software for the Sony PSP was on its way in December, and now we see that the Sony hardware attachment has actually been released in Japan for shipment to the US for $59.90.

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Okay, so now that we have the hardware problem solved, what about PSP navigation software?


We heard about a company called Edia that was the first to create GPS software for the PSP, but that was just for Japan so far. There's also been talk of MAPLUS navi software (pictured below) shipping this month, but as you can plainly see, that's a Japanese product as well.

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GPS navigation software is just the beginning of the fun for the PSP, though. Its GPS attachment will also be used for games such as Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (see screen shot below) giving you location-specific maps that blend on-screen gameplay with the real world. That means you'll be able go to specific locations to meet up with your enemies. Could be dangerous, or at least risky to that pasty-white complexion.

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There's also an upcoming golf title called Everybody's Golf Course (see screen shots below), and GPS comes into play as you're on a real-life golf course, giving you location feedback.

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We'll keep rummaging around, looking for software release dates for this now-available PSP GPS hardware device.

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DISCUSSION

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I don't understand the integration with games . .are you supposed to walk around with your PSP while playing portable ops until you find someone in the game that is doing the same, and you can meet up and give each other a hi-five? I don't understand.

As for the golf, ya, I don't get that either. Do you actually have to walk while playing to simulate walking up the fairway? What if you are playing on the train, will you end up falling into the sandtrap as the train turns around the corner? Or if you are sitting playing, do you have to get up and move around? I don't get it. Can someone clarify, because this doesn't realy make any sense at all to me.