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Redesigned PSP slips lips of Sony UK boss

Speculation, or perhaps expectations, of a redesigned PlayStation Portable started as soon as Nintendo showed the world how much better a handheld can get after a revision. Earlier this week, gaming blog Kotaku cited anonymous industry sources claiming that another PSP is in the works with improved buttons, 8GB of internal flash memory, faster load times, a built-in camera and maybe even a touch screen.

Sony has never denied the possibility of revised hardware for the PSP, but always took the stance that there were no plans for a second release of its portable. That is, until Ray Maguire, a Sony executive in the UK, was caught on record on Tuesday saying that the current PSP is just the "first iteration" of the handheld, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

Maguire said that a future version of the system would be smaller and lighter than the current PSP.  In response to further questions on his comment, Maguire added that the large screen size of the PSP is "fixed" and will not be affected, or reduced, in the next version. He also did not offer comment on any other of the rumored features, nor any suggestions as to when the new PSP would see release.

Following Maguire's comments, a Sony spokesman clarified the company line by saying that there were no "immediate changes" planned for the PSP other than the usual firmware updates. However, the spokesman did not close the door on a new PSP, saying, "In the longest term, of course we are always looking at ways to continue our platform development, and this normal business practice is what Ray was referring to."

Sony has released a "smaller, lighter" version of each of its PlayStation consoles, leading many to believe that the PSP will also go through a similar treatment. The original PlayStation was redesigned and rebranded as the PSone after a significant shrinking of form factor. The PlayStation 2 also underwent a downsizing transformation, along with a change in the optical drive mechanism to increase reliability.

A redesigned PSP may help bolster sales of Sony's handheld, which has been playing a distant second to Nintendo's wildly popular DS Lite. Last year, Nintendo resdesigned its innovative, but clunky, handheld with new colors and a smaller size and was met with critical acclaim and impressive sales numbers. Despite the hype surrounding the arrival of the PS3 and Wii, it was the Nintendo DS that outsold every other video game system, including the PSP, during last holiday season.



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This won't fix what's wrong.
By Vertigo101 on 3/14/2007 11:05:55 AM , Rating: 3
This won't breathe the new life into the PSP like they hope it will. Turning it into a Nano won't convert the iPod crowd, and the games won't be able to use that 8gb of flash for what it would be most usefull for: Game storage.

As a proud user of 3.03 OE-A, I can attest that legitimate PSP users are constantly getting the short end of the stick. The PSP has a lot of potential, but the UMD drive severly cripples the battery life. If they just would allow ripping of games to the internal flash, these would sell well to the few loyal PSP supporters out there.

As it stands, the real reasons to use a PSP these days aren't being introduced by Sony.




RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By xuimod on 3/14/07, Rating: -1
RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By xuimod on 3/14/07, Rating: -1
RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By tuteja1986 on 3/14/2007 8:58:00 PM , Rating: 2
Sony shouldn't be speaking about a lighter PSP. They should develop PSP 2 and make sure the controls are usable. PSP has a engineering design flaw with controller setup.


RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By encryptkeeper on 3/15/2007 9:03:24 AM , Rating: 2

Damn, all people do in these comment sections is bitch and moan. Almost every story, its people bitching and moaning...how thing company is doing it wrong, it should be done this way...my god.


It's a fucking blog moron. If you don't like it go somewhere else.


By LatinMessiah on 3/15/2007 12:47:59 PM , Rating: 3
BLOG = B ored L azy O verweight G roaners


RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By Houdani on 3/14/2007 1:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
As it stands, the real reasons to use a PSP these days aren't being introduced by Sony.
I'm not plugged into the PSP scene. What are the "real reasons" you are alluding to?


RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By Aikouka on 3/14/2007 1:39:49 PM , Rating: 3
By using a hacked firmware you can do a lot more on your PSP than before. You can run homebrew software that opens the door to more video files, more audio files, emulation (super nintendo, etc) and even playing any PSX game on your PSP using translators available online.


RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By SunAngel on 3/14/07, Rating: -1
RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By Vertigo101 on 3/14/2007 6:59:45 PM , Rating: 3
It doesn't make the product illegal.

You can go to BB or CC, or CompUSA and buy many devices that will run hacked firmware.

A prime example of this is the WRT54G/S. The biggest proponents of this router are constantly extolling the virtues of using a 3rd part firmware.

The PSP would undoubtedly still pass FCC approval with OE firmware on it.


RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By Aikouka on 3/15/2007 1:06:01 PM , Rating: 1
The only remotely illegal task you'd be doing is possibly playing a game you don't own (via emulator). I don't see how playing a video file on your system is illegal or any of the other portions I mentioned.

There's actually a system very similar to the PSP that I saw.. umm I can't remember the website... I think PlayAsia? The console is literally like a PSP, but it is completely open. The manufacturer actually wants people to make homebrew games or emulators for it. That's essentially what people are doing to the PSP as they get the great custom scene in addition to a moderate commercial gaming scene.

Why are you so negative over people "hacking" their PSPs anyway?


RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By Vertigo101 on 3/14/2007 7:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
Here's the current popular reason to run OE firmware:

The ability to take any Playstation 1 title you own, dump it to a memory stick, and play it on the go, without having to buy it again.

I'll never understand why consumers are so willing to let companies double-dip on games they've already bought multiple times, especially at the prices Sony wants to charge. On top of that, no PS3 is required.

Final Fantasy VII is everything you remember, by the way. :)


RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By Seer on 3/14/2007 7:57:05 PM , Rating: 2
A short list of what you can do with 3.03 OE / 3.10 OE:
-Ability to modify icons, XMB noises, backgrounds, even those waves you see (you can get some pretty cool waves)
-Working, full speed PS1 emulator for almost any game now, no PS3 required
-Ability to run other homebrew apps (yes, there are many legal, really good ones)
-Emulators (falls under homebrew, but this one's not so legal)
-ISO loading, and yes it is possible to do this without pirating, by using homebrew to rip your own UMDs (its still illegal to circumvent copy protection thanks to the DMCA)
-FULL RESOLUTION (480x272) AVC (aka H.264) video, w/ AAC sound. Sony limits you to 320x240. This one really improves the media playback capabilities of the unit.
-Has all standard features of latest firmwares.
-You can even use it as an IR remote for any IR device! =O


RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By SunAngel on 3/14/07, Rating: -1
RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By darkpaw on 3/14/2007 4:06:00 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
they are enjoying the experience offered to them buy the manufacturer.


In this case, the experience offered by the manufacterer is really only a tiny piece of what the machine is capable of. I don't run emulators or anything on my system, but Sony is so worried about control they slap limits on almost everything.


RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By Reflex on 3/14/2007 7:12:40 PM , Rating: 4
Wow, you'd be miserable at a hot rod convention. And what about people who remodel their homes?

Personalization and expansion of capability are very ingrained cultural traits, and it crosses far beyond handheld gaming. Only the Apple guys seem to think their products are delivered perfect from the factory. ;)


Standard mid-product tweaks?
By psychobriggsy on 3/14/2007 2:11:45 PM , Rating: 2
So a die shrink / component consolidation / cost reduction of the existing PSP hardware, with a possible large built-in flash memory, and a newer UMD drive that is hopefully faster and lower power, within a slightly thinner case. Hopefully for the same price.

I thought Sony would want to push whatever their current MemoryStick standard is first before building enough in to satisfy most users!

Maybe Sony want to allow people to download certain PSP games, and extend the PS1 game downloads, hence the additional storage space.




RE: Standard mid-product tweaks?
By AntiV6 on 3/14/2007 2:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe they are putting the flash memory in so the devs can use it to distribute more game content. ie more maps/etc.

If Sony would cut back on security and add some better titles the PSP would match or surpass the DS.

I loved my PSP as a media platform, but hated all the games on it. Midnight club 2 Dub Edition honestly was the worst game ever. The load times were a nightmare.


RE: Standard mid-product tweaks?
By xuimod on 3/14/07, Rating: -1
RE: Standard mid-product tweaks?
By Vertigo101 on 3/14/2007 7:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
You know what really speeds up load times for MC3?

Running it off the memory stick.


RE: Standard mid-product tweaks?
By Seer on 3/14/2007 7:48:55 PM , Rating: 2
+freaking+ 30 Sec load times, MAX. and usually its 15-20.


RE: Standard mid-product tweaks?
By AntiV6 on 3/14/2007 11:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
lol, either you are joking, or have no sense of time.

Most of the load times for MC3 were at least a minute,


RE: Standard mid-product tweaks?
By TSS on 3/15/2007 6:50:11 AM , Rating: 2
unless he's talking about running the game off the memory stick taking only 30 secs max.

i dont own a PSP (yet) simply cause i dont want to spend 250 euro's (well more like 320 dollars) on a portable gaming console. if they make it smaller with more features at a lower price, then my intrest will get sparked (say 200 or less euro's.)


By Will E Will on 3/15/2007 1:14:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I loved my PSP as a media platform, but hated all the games on it. Midnight club 2 Dub Edition honestly was the worst game ever. The load times were a nightmare.


I think this statement sums up all that is wrong with the PSP. Sony is marketing it as a gaming platform thet does multimedia, while they should be marketing it as a multimedia platform that plays games.


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By semo on 3/14/2007 6:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
does anyone know how long it was before sony shrunk the ps1 and the ps2 (then the psx, whatever happened to that) after their respective release dates.




RE: .
By fijillian on 3/14/2007 6:47:49 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing that will make me get a PSP is a 2nd analog stick.


PSP 2.0?
By Aikouka on 3/14/2007 11:43:18 AM , Rating: 2
Could we really be looking at suggestions for the second PSP or the "PSP 2.0" that people rumored about a couple months ago, not a refined PSP 1.0?

To shift gears a bit, I agree with the other comment here about how the PSP is actually a nice device once you get rid of the protection on it. You can have it play emulators, different types of video files and even your already-purchased PSX games. It's a bit unfortunate that the PSP didn't get great game support, it's actually not too bad of a console.

Although, it seems some users don't prefer more space (UMD) over less power use (carts). Personally, I saw fairly good battery life out of my PSP... probably fairly close to how well my NDS Lite performs. I'm just curious if Sony could've used a solid state distribution mechanism like Nintendo and still delivered the same games? Although, maybe the lower amount of room would've made devs "starve" the games a bit so there wouldn't be slowdown in games such as Mega Man Maverick Hunter X during rapid firing and jumping.




Change of memory stick slot anyone?
By akyp on 3/14/2007 8:13:46 PM , Rating: 2
My guess is that it'll be changed to a M2 slot. At current prices, M2 sticks are a rip-off (compared to MS Duo). And the biggest M2 is 2GB.

Or they might decide to delete the slot altogether so you can't load games from a MS.




Sony copying Nintendo
By encryptkeeper on 3/15/2007 9:02:31 AM , Rating: 2
I just want to ask where all the Sony fans are that constantly complain about Nintendo revising its hardware. I'll admit, it would be good to give new life to the PSP, but when you consider that you get 1 and a half hours of battery life? That's ridiculous. Sorry Sony it looks like you're not going to be able to gain the majority of the market share in the mobile market.




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