Rumor: Sony's New Portable Revealed As The PSP Go!
This is one of those times when the rumor has so much evidence behind it, we're almost willing to make it a statement of fact. Of course, we can do no such thing until Sony issues the official announcement, but we have a feeling it's definitely on the schedule for E3.
We're speaking about the possible impending launch of an all-new PSP; not precisely the PSP-4000 or the PSP-2 but something else entirely; something that may not feature UMD but include a touch screen. The most recent speculation says this new handheld would actually compete with the iPhone, and to add more fuel to the fire, Kotaku may have stumbled across the name: PSP Go! It was embedded in the latest 1Up podcast and evidently, some 1Up members have even seen the new unit already; it boasts "slide-out" or "flip-out" controls plus a larger screen. Now, the reason we're not linking you to this podcast is because the episode has already been edited in order to remove any mention of the PSP Go! and not surprisingly, SCEA has provided everyone with their standard response for such matters ("we can't comment on rumors or speculation"). But...oh, wait, as we sit here and write this, 1Up goes and posts the full story, which is loaded with very cool details and info.
Yes, the UMD will go away, Sony will bring 100 PSP titles to the PlayStation Store to celebrate the launch, and the release should be some time this fall. If any or all of this is accurate, you can bet it's going to be one of Sony's big announcements at E3...but can they really keep it all under wraps until June?
4/28/2009 Ben Dutka