Sony have decided that, for the moment at least, the Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters bundle will be the only way that gamers can buy the new PSP-3000 with its updated screen and integrated microphone. That means that the PSP Entertainment Pack, which was set to offer the PSP-3000 together with a 4GB memory stick and no included title, has been axed.
Ignore ergonomic concerns, or feasibility, or any of the other usual real-world complaints - it's Friday and we may as well have a nice new concept to drool over. The work of Tai Chiem, this PSP2 render takes advantage of a flexible OLED display that can be rolled around the main electronics core but, when charged, automatically stiffens with minimal bezel surround.
The new Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro aren't the only devices to get torn down today; Sony's PSP-3000 has also suffered an attack of the screwdrivers at the hands of Impress. Looking under the subtly-tweaked faceplate to see what changes Sony's crack team of engineers and designers have wrought, if you're hoping for a big surprise then you'll be sorely disappointed.
Sony have begun selling the PSP-3000 in North America, the latest iteration of the company's handheld games console. As part of the launch, a special edition Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters bundle has been announced, which will include the PSP-3000 in limited-edition silver, the game and other added extras.
Sony have released the official firmware version 2.50 for the PlayStation 3, and version 5.0 for the PSP, in North America and Europe. The 2.50 update for the PS3 adds support for the Sony Bluetooth adapter, the ability to auto-shutdown after a download completes, and Flash 9 compatibility, as well as other features. Meanwhile the PSP 5.0 update gives WiFi access to the PlayStation Store and an on-screen full-size QWERTY keyboard, among other things.
New PSP Firmware 5.0 adds direct access to Playstation network with account management and store access via a WiFi connection. Now you can wifi your portable Playstation to download games, demos and trailers using your exiting PSN account or with a new identity at PS Store.
Sony Japan have announced the launch of the PlayStation Store for PSP, an on-device download center that allows new games, media content and services to be accessed directly from the handheld games console itself. Available Wednesday, October 15th in Japan, the PSP Store will require a WiFi connection and accept payment from the Sony "Wallet"; this online account can be loaded with either a credit card or a PlayStation Network Card.
It's always hard to predict how a product will do. You can do all the market research, pour over the numbers and still end up wrong. And though the PSP hasn't exactly been the hottest item on the market in recent months, it is expected to do better in the coming year. At least, if were are to believe SCEA Director of Hardware Marketing, John Koller.
If you have a love of gadgets that require a USB plug-in, you no doubt have bought a USB hub already. But what do you do when there's wires poking out all over the place, cluttering up your desk? That's where the 5-in-1 USB Charging and Data-Sync Cable comes into play.
Check out this extremely limited edition Stella Artois PSP. The PSP with Stella branding was created as a special edition for Fosters employees who are brewing Stella Artois for Australia.