Sony pumps up PSP screen
PSP-3000 coming in October
Updated Sony has broken its silence over recent rumours that's it's readying a redesigned PlayStation Portable and unveiled the sexy new PSP-3000 at the ongoing Leipzig games developers convention.
The new model features an “advanced” 4.3in, 480 x 272, 16:9 ratio LCD screen that now allows gamers to see brighter colours and a better-defined on-screen imaged in natural light, Sony claimed.
Sony's PSP-3000: now with an anti-glare screen and a microphone
The unit's size, shape and look match those of the current handheld, the thin'n'light PSP-2000, which was released almost a year ago.
As predicted, the PSP-3000 has a built-in microphone for use with VoIP apps like Go!Messenger and Skype. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean the PSP’s turned into the much hyped PSP phone.
Under the PSP-3000’s hood is 64MB of memory and support for 802.11b Wi-Fi - so still no upgrade to 802.11g. Storage is still based on Memory Stick Duo cards and UMD media.
Sony’s PSP-3000 will be released in Europe and the US on 15 October in a variety of single-game bundle packs, including FIFA ‘09 and Harry Potter. White, black and silver body colours will be available, each priced at €200 ($295/£158).
Update: The PSP-3000 will officially cost £150 in the UK.
microphone for online co-op?
recent propaganda for FF Agito XIII has been touting online co-op play; I'd been wondering how the hell that was going to work without even a keyboard for chat..
Quite frankly Sony are losing the plot on this one - I suspect most homebrew software enthusiasts will move over to the Pandora console [http://openpandora.org/] when it gets released. Anything they do that puts barriers in the way of modding the PSP will just push people to a device designed to be played about with.
Good grief, some of you appear to think that a new revision of something should be a drastically different reworking. It's a revision people, not a new console.
As for reasons to get this. Hmmm, OK, perhaps the MB has a bit more security to prevent homebrew and...um stealing software. Oh wait, the freetards will want their emblem on that, let's call it pirating? Still to close to the nub? OK, taking/using without consent? There, factual and without emotion. Perfect.
No, apart from anything else, an enhanced screen is great, anti-reflective coating on the screen, also good. Wonder if the backlight and screen are more power efficient? Wonder if the chipset and processor eat less juice. I'd bet that the whole unit is a little more economical. Oh, look a microphone as well, so it will do Skype, and any games that want audio input will no doubt be possible now. Still the PSP is pretty much defined by the button layout of a standard Sony game controller and the size of the screen. I'd love to see how anyone else could redesign the PSP and come up with something that is relatively comfortable in your hands like the PSP is.
IIg wireless ethernet would have been a nice update without in any way hurting users of older PSPs.
Too many people got use to complaining about Sony on reflex, they've lost an semblance of objectivity.
Regarding batteries on the move, get a second battery, and/or a third party charger that doesn't require you to carry the PSU around. It's not exactly rocket science. Battery life is already pretty good I get 4-6 hours from a full charge on my PSP-2000 and about the same on the older PSP-1000. Perhaps the PSP-4000 will see an OLED screen with touchscreen capability and IIg networking.
Moan, moan, moan
What a bunch of 'fish wife' whiners, you all are.
Nothing makes you happy, does it?
trade-ins for original PSP?
Come on, Sony. You promised TV output and other features for the original PSP that only the Slim has. Give us half of what we paid on your aborted bastard child towards this new one. Choads.