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Gizmondo Gets European Street Date

Sony’s PSP (PlayStation Portable) may be best-selling handheld gaming device at present, but it’s about to get some more competition. Gizmondo Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Florida-based Tiger Telematics Inc., today announced that its Gizmondo entertainment handheld will begin its pan-European retail roll-out on May 19.

The feature-packed machine is powered by the Microsoft Windows CE operating system, a Samsung ARM9 400Mhz processor and NVIDIA’s GoForce 3D 4500 graphics accelerator, allowing users to play games, listen to MP3s, watch Mpeg4 movies and send/receive multi-media messages. What’s more, it has Bluetooth for multi-player gaming, a built-in digital camera and a GPS chip.

Already available in the U.K., Gizmondo will next hit retail locations in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Nordic regions. The standard Gizmondo pack will be priced at EUR349, the Smart Adds-enabled pack at EUR189 and the Value Pack at EUR289. Subscribers to the added value Smart Adds devices will get twenty free music downloads as well as a host of other free items.

"The product, the company and the content are gaining momentum all the time," says Carl Freer, co-founder and chairman of Tiger Telematics. "These launches are landmark achievements for us and place us several steps closer to our U.S. debut.”

While a U.S. street date has not been made public, the company says the Gizmondo should be available in the states this spring.

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