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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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RE: Standard mid-product tweaks?
By xuimod on 3/14/2007 3:23:17 PM , Rating: -1
'Midnight club 2 Dub Edition honestly was the worst game ever. The load times were a nightmare.'

It was actually called Midnight Club 3 Dub edition.

But its true, the load times were atrocious (60-70secs) but if you had the patience and knew ahead of time about the load times (the reviews totally harped how bad the load times were)...if you could look past the load times (like I did) then the game itself was AMAZING. In a real good way, had almost all the content of the ps2 and Xbox version. I thought the game was awesome.

BTW, this PSP revision is supposed to have faster load times. I guess the UMD is going to spin faster or they're somehow going to increase the rate at which they can extract data off the UMD. Thus if you play MC3 Dub edition on the new PSP, the experience might be much different and better b/c of the shortened load times. Hopefully the new PSP can cut down load times by half or more.


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.)


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