Rumor: New PSP With 8GB Flash Memory Coming?
A recent article from DigiTimes.com has gotten the PSP community whipped into a frenzy. The article cites unnamed "market sources" who say that the PSP is about to undergo a rather major makeover in the form of 8GB of NAND flash memory becoming a standard feature on the handheld.
Gamespot has followed up on the story, finding the scenario to be plausible, but having two factors against it. They feel that 8GB leaves the door wide open for piracy, which judging by the frequent firmware updates, Sony is fighting on all fronts. The second factor is that it would be very expensive to upgrade the PSP while keeping it at $249. The Gamespot article also mentions the possibility that the original report may contain a typo, and that the amount of flash memory to be included will be 1 GB rather than 8GB.
My two cents? I don't see it happening. Unless Sony is dead set on taking on the iPod and iTunes with the PSP and the Sony Connect service, this doesn't make sense from a financial point of view. The system is hardly selling like gangbusters, so a price drop would likely be more effective in boosting sales than increasing the system's memory.
2/21/2006 Aaron Thomas