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Rumor: PSP-3000 In Production Now?

When the PSP-2000, widely known as the PSP Slim, hit the market for the first time late last year, it generated a spike in sales of the sleek handheld device. Since then, sales have continued to climb, further fueled by the arrival of top-quality blockbuster titles like God of War: Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. But Sony has always said the PSP is an ongoing plan, which means a PSP-3000 is almost inevitable at some point. Could that point be coming sooner than we all think?

The big rumor today revolves around this very topic, as forum posters at PSPChina have claimed the PSP-3000 is indeed already in production, and boasts a built-in microphone plus a number of cosmetic alterations. For proof, they tossed up several photos of the device, which you can view here. Obviously, nothing about this report can be considered official, not without a confirmation from Sony themselves, but it's still intriguing. You may recall that Sony and many other publishers and manufacturers said we should expect more big news at Leipzig next month...could the PSP-3000 be among the surprise announcements? If it's already in production, it means it would probably arrive just in time for the holidays, which makes perfect sense. That's about when the PSP-2000 hit, after all.

Even if this is true, though, Sony isn't likely to verify anything until either Leipzig or the Tokyo Game Show in September. If it's false, expect them to deny it quickly. We'll keep you posted with any updates, and in the meantime, speculate away: what will, or what should, a new PSP include?

7/22/2008 Ben Dutka

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 10:39:24 AM
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My money's on fake.

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Qubex
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 8:09:09 AM

Yhea, you are on the money on that one ThePoetRazel...

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 11:49:34 AM
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i hope this is true

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Naga
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 12:42:15 PM
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Its the popstation I don't think a new psp would be production after a year of the psp slim

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Naga
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 12:42:23 PM
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Its the popstation I don't think a new psp would be production after a year of the psp slim

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 2:18:36 PM
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The PSP is still selling well so I don't think they have a new one being made yet. Nintendo is quick to create new products but Sony likes to stay in for the long haul

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The_Chimeran
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 3:02:22 PM
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yeah didn't one of the executives say that there is no point in making another one because this one is selling so well. Also they announced that new family pack coming sometime....( i forgot) but even so i don't think that pack is coming before September so it wouldn't make sense to introduce that pack and a new psp around the same time.


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Daedusian
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 5:51:07 PM
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Why are they making another one already?! Well it better have a second analog stick, it's all the psp really needs at this point. Sony really needs to stop making more crap so I don't have to feel like a loser having the old psp that came out a week before the other lol.

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Booshwa
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 12:01:40 AM
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I hope it is a new psp because I want to upgrade to a new psp and sell my old one. Maybe this will be the psp phone that people were talking about a while ago. I need to get a new phone as well so either one is good to me.

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Jed
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 12:31:14 AM
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That picture was probly made by a 12 year-old with photoshop. It would be stupid to release another psp so soon.

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vampko
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 2:47:25 PM
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I'd be really surprised if that wasn't fake. If you look at the strange button on the left, it seems lop sided, and doesn't look authentic at all. And of course the third picture is just the back of a silver slim

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Juicebeast
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 5:47:25 PM
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All professional speculation seems to be of the mindset that there's no financial incentive for Sony in releasing a PSP-3000 so soon after the PSP-2000 series.

Going with the flow, however, if I imagined a fantasy PSP-3000 it would have a slide-out Qwerty keypad, an even bigger screen, an even thinner profile, even longer battery life, a second analog stick, a better media-playing interface, and the ability to rip UMDs to a memory card to eliminate load times and save the motor. Some customizable faceplates couldn't hurt.

But, again, that's just the fantasy.

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PaiNT_kinG
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:17:23 AM
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i have no use for psp,LOL

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shockaz
Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 10:38:58 AM
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if you would notice, the ring in the psp logo is slimmed out, might be legit

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Xcaliber26
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 12:49:57 PM
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If this is true I really hope they change the location of the power button. I can't even count how many times I have hit that switch and turned off my system while playing a game.

Also the only way I would buy another gaming handheld is if I can use it as a cell phone.

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