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PocketStation logo.svg
Developer Sony Computer Entertainment
Manufacturer Sony
Type Peripheral
Generation Fifth generation era
Release date
  • JP: January 23, 1999
[1] [2]
  • JP: July 2002 (2002-07)
Media PlayStation CD-ROM (used for content transfer)[ citation needed ]
CPU ARM7T (32 bit RISC Processor)
Memory2  KB
  • 5× Digital buttons
Power1 CR-2032 lithium battery
Dimensions64 mm (2.5 in) (h)
42 mm (1.7 in) (w)
13.5 mm (0.53 in) (d)
Mass30 grams (1.1 oz)
Successor PlayStation Portable

The PocketStation is a Memory Card peripheral by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation home video game console. [3] 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, 1999. [2] [1]

Peripheral hardware device which attaches to a computer and which provided input, output, storage or communication facilities

A peripheral or peripheral device is "an ancillary device used to put information into and get information out of the computer".

PlayStation (console) Fifth-generation and first home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment

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Personal digital assistant

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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.

CD-ROM pre-pressed compact disc

A CD-ROM is a pre-pressed optical compact disc that contains data. Computers can read—but not write to or erase—CD-ROMs, i.e. it is a type of read-only memory.

The original Japanese ship date for the PocketStation was set for December 23, 1998, but it was delayed a full month. [1] Sony only shipped an initial 60,000 units of the peripheral when it was released on January 23, 1999. [4] It was initially available in two case colors: white and clear. [5] 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 occur. [6] SCEA cited an inability meeting Japanese demand as the reason for the PocketStation's absence. [7] [8] Despite this, a few games, such as Final Fantasy VIII and SaGa Frontier 2 , retained PocketStation functionality in their localized versions. [9] [10]

<i>Final Fantasy VIII</i> 1999 role-playing video game

Final Fantasy VIII is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the PlayStation console. Released in 1999, it is the eighth main installment in the Final Fantasy series. Set on an unnamed fantasy world with science fiction elements, the game follows a group of young mercenaries, led by Squall Leonhart, as they are drawn into a conflict sparked by Ultimecia, a sorceress from the future who wishes to compress time. During the quest to defeat Ultimecia, Squall struggles with his role as leader and develops a romance with one of his comrades, Rinoa Heartilly.

<i>SaGa Frontier 2</i> 1999 video game

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The PocketStation's most popular game was Dokodemo Issho, which sold over 1.5 million copies in Japan and is the first game to star Sony's mascot Toro. [11] The PocketStation was discontinued in July 2002 after having shipped nearly five million units. [12]

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 own. [13] 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.

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

VMU Dreamcast storage device

The Visual Memory Unit (VMU), also referred to as the Visual Memory System (VMS) in Japan and Europe, is the primary memory card produced by Sega for the Dreamcast home video game console. The device features a monochrome liquid crystal display (LCD), multiplayer gaming capability, second screen functionality, a real-time clock, file manager, built-in flash memory, and sound capability. Prior to the launch of the Dreamcast, a special Godzilla edition VMU, preloaded with a virtual pet game, was released on July 30, 1998 in Japan.

Dreamcast video game console

The Dreamcast is a home video game console released by Sega on November 27, 1998 in Japan, September 9, 1999 in North America, and October 14, 1999 in Europe. It was the first in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding Sony's PlayStation 2, Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox. The Dreamcast was Sega's final home console, marking the end of the company's 18 years in the console market.

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