Logitech knows that the first thing gamers don't want to do when they pick up their PSPs is drop and break it. Logitech today announced four peripherals for the PSP, including a protective case for butterfingered gamers who don't want to damage their investment.
If you're one of the million customers to grab a PSP when it ships March 24, you'll have to hold on to the PSP as though it were a newborn baby for at least a week until Logitech releases the PlayGear Pocket in early April. The protective polycarbonate case comes in a silver finish, and its lid swivels 270 degrees to block out the sun or become a makeshift stand to make movie viewing more accessible. While in the case, the PSP will be fully playable with the lid open, as the portable's shoulder buttons and headphone jack are completely accessible. The case will retail for $19.99 when it hits store shelves.
For gamers looking to use the PSP as an MP3 player or prefer to listen to games' audio privately, Logitech will also release the Stealth earphones. The earbud-style earphones feature 9mm neodymium drivers and fit in any ear, thanks to the three sizes of "comfort seal gels." The PlayGear Stealth earphones will be available early April and will sell for $19.99.
Gamers looking to show off the MP3 collection or hold a viewing of Spider-Man 2 or other UMD-formatted movies, will be happy to know that Logitech is releasing the PlayGear Amp, a set of portable, external speakers. The speakers are powered by either an AC adapter or AAA batteries, and a stand props up the PSP for hands-free viewing. The PlayGear Amp is scheduled for American release in June, and has an SRP of $79.99.
The final PSP product announced by Logitech is the PlayGear Share, an audio splitter that divides the PSP's single stereo output into two for shared audio when viewing movies, listening to music, or playing games. Gamers can pick up the PlayGear share in May for $9.99.