Sony launches PlayStation Portable on expectant US

Japanese giant Sony launched a hand-held version of its best-selling PlayStation games console on eager US fans, billing the device as the multimedia Walkman of the 21st century.

Unlike the original portable music player, Sony’s latest must-have gadget does not arrive on virgin territory. Sector leader Nintendo has had the hand-held games market to itself for years.

But Sony is confident that the music and video capabilities of the PlayStation Portable (PSP), which first came out in Japan in December, will give it the edge.

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