Sony coughs to third-gen PSP power problem
Brighter LCD = shorter battery life
Sony has admitted that the new PlayStation Portable 3000’s brighter, richer display has shortened the handheld console’s battery life.
The PSP-3000's brighter screen (bottom) cuts battery life by 20 to 30 minutes
In an interview with website Gamespot, John Koller, Director of Hardware Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, said the PSP-3000’s battery life has been reduced by up to half an hour because of the much-hyped new LCD display.
“There’s a little bit of a larger power draw with the brighter screen,” he said. “The battery that comes with the PSP-3000 will last about three-and-a-half to four hours.”
Sony unveiled the PSP-3000 last month and has positioned the third-gen PSP’s selling point around its “advanced” 4.3in, 480 x 272, 16:9 ratio LCD screen. The display, Sony’s claims, allows gamers to see brighter colours and a better-defined on-screen imaged in natural light.
It’s not all bad news for gamers prone to extended PSP gaming sessions though, because Sony will soon sell you an extended battery that boosts the PSP-3000’s battery life to between eight and ten hours, it claimed.
The PSP-3000 will appear 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 £150 (€200/$295).
There won't be a retraction, because Sony hasn't confirmed their executive *didn't* say the new model exhibits a reduced battery life when compared to the previous model.
So when do we get a retraction then James?
It's been confirmed this article is total tripe (usual James Sherwood nonsense).
The PSP3000 has the same battery life as the PSP2000. Sure the screen draws more current (where the original "news" source cames from), but the internals have also been changed to compensate with a dieshink CPU.
Of course there won't be a retraction, because James is a rampant fanboy...
@Dave and @Iain
And thank you for proving his ... I presume that's because your masters would like all anti-Microsoft comments vetted on their stories. Thanks for giving a perfect example of the Microsoft reverse troll ...
Oh and Iain, the most obsessive trolls are employed by MS, to try and convince the world at large only strange outsiders use anything other than Microsoft products. But then you already knew that.
As for the PSP. Brighter screen, shorter battery life, my god I'm shocked! Yet another Reg troll to bring in the page hits. And yeah, I know, I played too..
re: Real question..
Of course it won't. Why do you think Sony are introducing a new revision so soon after the PSP2000?
Clearly the internals have changed to prevent the rampany piracy that is killing the platform.
If you want a PSP for Piracy, you'd better buy a PSP2000 now, whilst you still can. However I suspect you won't and then join the "Lost out club" along with PS3 PS2 BC crowd.
Those that wait, lose out..
Thank you for proving my point!
Where did I say 'owt about microsoft? Or any other company apart from Sony?
Maybe we should all get anti-sony comments vetted by commitee before posting?