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PocketStation

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The PocketStation is a Memory Card peripheral by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation home video game console3 Categorized by Sony as a combination of a Memory Card and a miniature personal digital assistant, the device features a monochrome liquid crystal display LCD, infrared communication capability, a real-time clock, built-in flash memory, and sound capability To use the device's memory card functionality, it must be connected to a PlayStation through a memory card slot It was released exclusively in Japan on January 23, 199921

Software for the PocketStation was typically distributed as extras for PlayStation games, included in the CD-ROM, enhancing the games with added features Stand-alone software could also be downloaded through the PlayStation console The software is then transferred to the PocketStation for use A built-in infrared data interface allows direct transfer of data such as game saves between PocketStation units, as well as multiplayer gaming

The original Japanese ship date for the PocketStation was set for December 23, 1998, but it was delayed a full month1 Sony only shipped an initial 60,000 units of the peripheral when it was released on January 23, 19994 It was initially available in two case colors: white and clear5 It proved extremely popular, selling out all over the region Sony planned to release the PocketStation outside Japan, engaging in promotional activity in Europe and North America, but the release did not occur6 SCEA cited an inability meeting Japanese demand as the reason for the PocketStation's absence78 A few games, such as Final Fantasy VIII and SaGa Frontier 2, retained PocketStation functionality in their localized versions910

The PocketStation's most popular game was Dokodemo Issho, which sold over 15 million copies in Japan and is the first game to star Sony's mascot Toro11 The PocketStation was discontinued in July 2002 after having shipped nearly five million units12

On November 5, 2013, it was announced that the PocketStation would be revived as an application for the PlayStation Vita, allowing users to play PocketStation format minigames for any classic PlayStation games that they own13 Originally it was only available to PlayStation Plus members, it was later released to the general public It remains an exclusive to the Japanese PlayStation Vitas

The PocketStation also shares similarities with Sega's VMU for the Dreamcast

Contents

  • 1 Technical specifications
  • 2 Compatible games
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Technical specificationsedit

  • CPU: ARM7T 32-bit RISC chip
  • Memory: 2K bytes SRAM, 128K bytes Flash RAM
  • Screen: 32×32 dot monochrome LCD14
  • Sound: 1 miniature speaker 10-bit PCM
  • Switches: 5 input buttons, 1 reset button
  • Infrared communication: Bi-directional supports IrDA based and conventional remote control systems
  • LED indicator: 1 red
  • Battery: 1 CR-2032 lithium battery
  • Other functions: calendar function and identification number
  • Dimensions: 64 × 42 × 135 mm height × width × depth
  • Weight: Approximately 30g including battery3

Compatible gamesedit

  • All Japan Pro Wrestling14
  • Arc the Lad III
  • Armored Core: Master of Arena14
  • Battle Bug Story14
  • Be Pirates!14
  • Boku wa Koukuu Kanseikan
  • Brightis
  • Burger Burger 214
  • Chaos Break
  • Chocobo Stallion
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped14
  • Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
  • Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
  • Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix
  • Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
  • Digimon Tamers: Pocket Culumon
  • Dokodemo Hamster 2
  • Dokodemo Issho14
  • Final Fantasy VIII9
  • Fire Pro G
  • Fish Hunter14
  • Gallop Racer 314
  • Grandia
  • Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
  • Hello Kitty: White Present14
  • Hot Shots Golf 2
  • IQ Final14
  • Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu15
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Koneko mo Issyo
  • Kyro-chan's Print Club14
  • The Legend of Dragoon Japanese version16
  • Legend of Mana
  • Love Hina 2
  • Lunatic Dawn 314
  • LMA Manager
  • Metal Gear Solid: Integral17
  • Mister Prospector14
  • The Misadventures of Tron Bonne
  • Monster Race14
  • Monster Farm 214
  • Monster World14
  • Paqa
  • Pi to Mail14
  • Pocket Dungeon14
  • Pocke-Kano Yumi
  • Pocket MuuMuu18
  • Pocket Tuner19
  • Pop'n Music 2
  • Pop'n Music 4 Append Disc
  • PoPoRogue
  • Prologue14
  • Racing Lagoon
  • RayCrisis
  • Remote Control Dandy
  • R4: Ridge Racer Type 417
  • Rival Schools 2 Shiritsu Justice Gakuen Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2
  • Rockman Complete Works17
  • SaGa Frontier 210
  • Saru Get You!
  • Shop Keeper14
  • Spyro the Dragon Japanese version14
  • Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! Japanese version
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 Through Gameshark code17
  • Street Fighter Zero 3 Japanese version
  • Super Robot Wars Alpha
  • Tales of Eternia Japanese version
  • Theme Aquarium14
  • Tokimeki Memorial 2
  • World Neverland 214
  • World Stadium 314
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! True Duel Monsters: Sealed Memories

See alsoedit

  • Sony PlayStation portal
  • VMU, a similar accessory for the Sega Dreamcast console which was released on July 30, 1998 in Japan

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c "PocketStation delayed in Japan" Computer and Video Games Future Publishing 1998-12-09 Retrieved 2008-08-28 Sony has delayed the Japanese release of its PocketStation PDA from December 23 to January 23, 1999 
  2. ^ a b "超小型PDA「PocketStation」1月23日に発売延期" PDF in Japanese Sony Computer Entertainment December 9, 1998 p 3 Archived from the original PDF on 2006-09-13 Retrieved 2007-10-30 
  3. ^ a b プレイステーションの楽しみをさらに広げる in Japanese Sony Computer Entertainment 1998-10-08 Archived from the original PDF on 1998-10-08 Retrieved 2008-08-28 
  4. ^ IGN staff January 28, 1999 "PocketStation Shortages Rock Japan" IGN Retrieved 2009-12-02 
  5. ^ IGN staff October 8, 1998 "TGS: Sony's Next Stop: Pocket Station" IGN Retrieved 2009-12-05 
  6. ^ Mark J P Wolf 2008 The video game explosion: a history from PONG to Playstation and beyond ABC-CLIO p 148 ISBN 978-0-313-33868-7 Retrieved 16 August 2011 
  7. ^ Commodore Wheeler May 13, 1999 "Pocketstation Cancelled in the US" RPGFan Retrieved 2009-12-02 
  8. ^ IGN staff May 13, 1999 "PocketStation Slips Indefinitely" IGN Retrieved 2009-12-02 
  9. ^ a b Square Electronic Arts, ed 1999 Final Fantasy VIII North American instruction manual Square Electronic Arts pp 38–40 SLUS-00892 
  10. ^ a b Square Electronic Arts, ed 2000 SaGa Frontier 2 North American instruction manual Square Electronic Arts p 26 SLUS-00933 
  11. ^ Fennec Fox July 19, 2002 "Sony Discontinues PocketStation" GamePro Archived from the original on 2011-06-07 Retrieved 2009-12-02 
  12. ^ GameSpot staff July 19, 2002 "Sony ceases PocketStation production" GameSpot Retrieved 2009-12-02 permanent dead link
  13. ^ 2013-11-04, Play Chocobo World On Vita, PocketStation Is A Downloadable App In Japan, Siliconera
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "International Previews: PocketStation" Official US PlayStation Magazine 2 7: 80–82 April 1999  |access-date= requires |url= help
  15. ^ Genki, ed 1999 Jade Cocoon Japanese instruction manual Genki p 37 SLPS-01729 
  16. ^ IGN staff November 30, 2009 "IGN: New Legend of Dragoon Info" IGN Retrieved 2009-05-17 
  17. ^ a b c d Parish, Jeremy 2006 "Forgotten Gem: Jumping Flash!" 1UPcom Retrieved 2008-11-23 
  18. ^ IGN staff January 11, 1999 "Import Watch: Pocket MuuMuu" IGN Retrieved 2008-11-23 
  19. ^ "IGN: Pocket Tuner" IGN Retrieved 2009-05-17 

External linksedit

  • PlayStationjp entry Japanese

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