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So the Sony PlayStation is finally, formally, officially, here. [firstpara] To usher in our becoming a real gaming nation after more than two decades, Sony Philippines and Sony Computer Entertainment Asia brought in the current flagbearers of the Playstation brand: The PlayStation Portable (PSP) and the PS3 Slim. Talk about a grand launch.

The PSP, which sells for P9,999  comes in a variety of colors to choose from. Of course, colors is the least of your concerns for this time and boredom killer. The PSP system, after all, boasts of features you can practically get lost in.

There’s its music and video playing capabilities; you can view photos here too, which should be an awesome experience given the PSP’s high resolution 4.3-inch wide LCD screen.

It adopts an anti-reflection technology, which means, you can bring the PSP anywhere with you this summer and you’d still see the screen clearly.

The PS3, meanwhile offers cutting-edge features and functions such as its capability to play hi-def Blu-ray videos, internet connectivity, audio, video, and photo storage, among others, which, we reckon, you already know by now.

All these, from a box that looks sleeker, is thinner (by about 30%), and generally more handsome than its clunky predecessor. There are two variants of the PS3 that will be made available here: The 120GB model, which retails for P18,999; and the 250GB that goes for P20,999.

While it’s the “Asian” version of the PS3 that will be made available locally—which means, "Sony will not guarantee full compatibility with US-based games," Techie.com.ph reports—Sony dropped d’ bombest of news Saturday last.

The Philippine market will get PlayStation titles simultaneously with the rest of the world!

That’s right, no need to wait for months. Off the bat, Sony Philippines has made the following PS3 titles available: Final Fantasy XIII, God of War III, God of War: Collection; Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Little Big Planet.

For the PSP, the following titles are now readily available: Tekken Dark Resurrection, and the Asian versions of LocoRoco2 and Resistance: Retribution.

WORDS BY: LOU E. ALBANO

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