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Sony PSP GPS Navi Hardware and Software Coming Soon

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Pairing up the Sony PSP and GPS navigation seems like a natural, and we've been hearing rumblings about such a thing for a while now. Now a company called Edia has revealed software that works with the upcoming $50 GPS receiver hardware from Sony, and the software and hardware will reportedly ship in Japan this December.


The release will include maps of Japan along with point of interest (POI) information. This is such a great idea, it can't be long before it hits these shores.

Sony psp navi system software unveiled [NaviGadget]
Sony gps hardware [NaviGadget]

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My first thought is that if this has speaking capabilities as many in car GPS units do, it should allow you to play music in the background and automatically decrease the volume when it needs to say something. If it did I'd be inclined to dash-mount one and use one of the existing FM transmitters or an FM Modulator to run the PSP into my car stereo.

Without voice capabilities it seems like this would be more useful as a hand held GPS unit but the size and position of the adapter prohibit one from pocketing the PSP with it attached and having to detach it every time you wanted a free hand could be quite annoying. Perhaps they should have placed a hinge on the part that sticks up (the antenna I assume) that allows you to fold it back over the UMD door on the rear of the PSP making it slightly thicker but still pocketable.

I'm also curious as to whether the software allows you to store your own points on a memory stick pro duo and map them on a PC later.

Is there any word of when/if this will be coming state side?