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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 SunAngel on 3/14/2007 3:38:37 PM , Rating: -1
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.

Why do you feel this way? You should be proud.

You comment reflect a growing alarm in the community. It seems you life is conflicted between the eternal quests of reverse engineers and the popular culture. Reverse engineering is not for everyone. Only the dedicated have the will, desire and drive (and nerve) to attempt changing the devices inherent properties. This is why when you see a picture or a video clip of someone smiling and enjoying their toy. They are not altering its' state, they are enjoying the experience offered to them buy the manufacturer.

RE: This won't fix what's wrong.
By darkpaw on 3/14/2007 4:06:00 PM , Rating: 2
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. ;)

"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
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