Wednesday, August 20, 2008

GC 08 - PSP-3000 announced

From SCEE's Press site:

"Leipzig Games Convention, August 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment IEurope. (SCEE) today announced that it would launch a new PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system (PSP-3000) with an advanced LCD screen supporting higher image quality, to become available in stores in Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand from 15th October 2008. PSP-3000 will be available as a bundle, including one software title for a RRP of €199.

SCEE will offer a variety of bundles that take advantage of the new PSP features, including a Go! communications bundle, and a variety of games bundles including our own Buzz!™: Master Quiz, as well as FIFA ‘09 and Harry Potter bundles from our third party partners.

In addition to offering the functionality and ergonomics of Slim & Lite the quality of the screen has been improved to offer crisper colours with more definition when outside in natural light. PSP-3000 also includes a built-in microphone, maximising the communication features of products such as Go! Messenger and Skype™. ..."

Also, according the to details after the press release, there are a number of colors set for the new model: Piano Black, Pearl White, and Mystic Silver. They're the same colors the previous PSP came in, minus Darth Vader.

Looks I'll finally have a reason to get a PSP. Sure I wanted the current PSP-2000, but why bother with this new model on the horizon?

Note the Home button is swapped with the PS3 familiar PS Button; the hole next to the PSP logo is the mic; and all the bottom row buttons have taken on an oval shape.

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