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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

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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RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By Houdani on 3/14/2007 1:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
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

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