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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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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
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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