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"Smaller, lighter" iteration on the way


SCE UK managing director Ray Maguire has confirmed the platform holder's intentions to release a redesigned version of its PlayStation Portable handheld.


Speaking yesterday afternoon at the national launch of Sony's PSP in Education initiative, Maguire told an invited audience of press, teachers and education specialists that the current PSP is just the "first iteration".


In line with the firm's strategy for previous consoles, a "smaller, lighter" system will be introduced in the future.


Responding to a query on Sony's plans for redesigning the system, Maguire added that any changes to the industrial design would not affect the size of PSP's screen - widely seen as one of the system's key strengths - which is "fixed". He did not offer any suggestions as to when the new iteration might be released.


A reworked PSP has been rumoured for months, but this is the first time a Sony executive has gone on record to confirm the company's plans. Aside from a reduction in size and weight, Maguire did not suggest any additional changes to the hardware.


If the cost of components for the reworked PSP is less, the machine itself could also carry a lower price tag. It currently retails for GBP 179.


Cutting the size and cost of console hardware has been standard practice for Sony since it introduced PSone in 2000, five-and-a-half years after the Japanese launch of the original PlayStation. The slimline PStwo launched four years after PlayStation 2.


Following the PSP in Education event, a Sony spokesperson told GamesIndustry.biz that while there are no "immediate changes" planned for the handheld other than new firmware updates, "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."
 

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I hope they remove the UMD drive and either sell games over the internet or give the new one an external UMD drive that you only need to load the software up. And they need to get a lot better battery life for me to consider one.
 

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They need to add flash memory of at least 8 GB into the design as well. Otherwise, I see no point in getting a PSP.
 

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I hope they remove the UMD drive and either sell games over the internet or give the new one an external UMD drive that you only need to load the software up. And they need to get a lot better battery life for me to consider one.


Last rumor I heard was it that they would remove the fact the UMD drive "pops' open to load the games. They have no reason to remove it entirely.


I'll probably buy one. It would be nice if they could add an extra analog knub.
 

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They need to add flash memory of at least 8 GB into the design as well. Otherwise, I see no point in getting a PSP.

Agree... they should have put in some (at least 4GB) from the begining. 8GB is just a bare minimium for now and the near future for multimedia contents and downloadable PS1 games.
 

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Can they move the thumb stick please. Thats my only real complaint about the PSP. It made my hand hurt after 30 min to an hour since the thumb stick was not in a comfortable position. I think above the d-pad would be better than so far below.
 

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I would get one if it had two sticks(in good position), and have a big(at least 4gb) memory stick.
 

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Two sticks will be the PSP II.
 

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This sounds like it will be more of a "DS Lite" than a PSP2. You know, same hardware, just smaller and lighter. To which I'd say, "big deal".


The PSP was a good first step, but they need to evolve the unit. A second stick and built in memory would be a great start.
 

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The PSP is seriously underrated. A redesign and a small price drop to $149 might get the momentum going. We had a thread a month or two ago comparing review scores for the PSP and DS. The PSP was ahead of the DS in 80%+ scores.
 

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The PSP is seriously underrated. A redesign and a small price drop to $149 might get the momentum going. We had a thread a month or two ago comparing review scores for the PSP and DS. The PSP was ahead of the DS in 80%+ scores.



Add to that some final fantasy games, God Of War and Socom and you got yourself a winner.
 

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The PSP is seriously underrated. A redesign and a small price drop to $149 might get the momentum going. We had a thread a month or two ago comparing review scores for the PSP and DS. The PSP was ahead of the DS in 80%+ scores.

I agree, the PSP is so underrated. If they can get 8 GB of built in flash memory and allow you to make phone calls over wifi...and drop the price to $149 and make it smaller and lighter with two analog sticks...then it will sell even more units. I think this is what they are going to do...
 

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I'd be interested in a redesigned PSP.
 

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In a way, I consider the PSP a failure.


Sony assumed people wanted a portable PlayStation. Yet, the kind of games you like to play on a home console don't work so well on a portable system.

If they made it like a SIXAXIS controller, with the display where the PS button is, the concept of a portable PlayStation would be more viable, but it would also become more difficult to toss in a pocket.


Now, this being said, the PSP library has come a very long way and it's really weird to see the DS sell better by a wide margin.
 

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In a way, I consider the PSP a failure.


Sony assumed people wanted a portable PlayStation. Yet, the kind of games you like to play on a home console don't work so well on a portable system.

If they made it like a SIXAXIS controller, with the display where the PS button is, the concept of a portable PlayStation would be more viable, but it would also become more difficult to toss in a pocket.


Now, this being said, the PSP library has come a very long way and it's really weird to see the DS sell better by a wide margin.

by what measure do you call it a failure? Because it sold alot less than the market leader which btw is much cheaper? Or do you measure that it didn't make sony money, which is false. I think the PSP is doing great for their first foray into the portable market that was 99% dominated by nintendo. This first phase was to take away market share laying the groundwork for the PSP2. Granted there were high expectations for the PSP, but by no way it is a failure. In fact, the next 2-3 years, the PSP will really show its strength.
 
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