GC 2008: Sony Unveils PSP-3000
Update: Yes, just to clarify, there won't be any hardware cosmetic change with the PSP-3000. The "slimmer and lighter case" part was inaccurately translated, but everything else remains true.
Last week, a FCC filing all but confirmed the existence of a new PSP...and now, SCEE's David Reeves has announced the PSP-3000 during Sony's press conference at the Leipzig Games Convention.
We're still gathering in as many details as possible, but we can tell you that it's going to use a "slimmer and lighter case" and will also boast "crisper colors and more intensity when outside in natural light." The "enhanced LCD screen" helps in this capacity. Furthermore, as many predicted through past rumors, Reeves revealed Sony will be including a built-in microphone and Skype functionality with the PSP-3000. Now, as for the name itself, we're not sure if it's going to get a nickname - like the "PSP Slim" for the PSP-2000 - because we only know it now as the PSP-3000. But either way, we're happy that it's coming, and it will launch on October 15 for the price of 199 Euros in PAL regions. At that time, you can pick up any one of 8 special PSP/game bundles that include the likes of FIFA 09, Harry Potter, Buzz!: Master Quiz, etc. Obviously, the PSP-3000 is coming to North America, too, but as this is a European conference, they're only talking about information related to that territory. Well, at least for now.
The first cosmetic renovation came at the end of 2007, which fueled a spike in sales that continues to this day. Of course, software like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and God of War: Chains of Olympus (and Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G in Japan) helped a great deal as well. Hey, we know there are a lot of people out there looking for an excuse to finally buy a PSP!
8/20/2008 Ben Dutka