Sony is trying to position their handheld games console as a traveler’s tool. We mentioned the Talkman translator application device a while ago – a ‘game’ that can translate spoken sentences into Japanese, Italian, French or German – and now PSP plan to offer travel guides, VOIP and satellite navigation, the Sydney Morning Herald reports:
A new application, Planet PSP, will be launched later this year, with six editions covering some of Europe’s most popular destinations: Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Paris, Prague and Rome.
Designed with young tourists in mind, the guides cover more than 250 city highlights such as restaurants, shops, clubs and tourist attractions. Videos, audio walks, photographs, maps and pre-planned itineraries make full use of the PSP’s multimedia capabilities.
Sony is also developing satellite navigation and internet telephony capabilities for the handheld, both expected before Christmas. The GPS-enabled device will not only prevent your getting lost, but it will also have location-based games with content determined by the user’s whereabouts.
Video and VoIP calls will be made possible by an EyeToy digital camera that plugs into a USB port and harnesses the console’s wireless internet support.