Sony have taken the wraps off of the long-awaited PSP-3000, the latest update to their popular handheld games console. Although the name might make it sound like a significant update, the key areas really boil down to a new or at-least altered screen, a built-in microphone and the inclusion of a ‘PS’ button.
Capcom is disputing rumors that it is no longer making games for the PSP. In a statement this morning the video game publisher indicated that new Camcom games for the PSP were still in the works.
Plans for the new PSP-3001 have been revealed by an FCC filing for the device made by Sony this week. Sony requested confidentiality when filing the papers but we did learn a few tidbits about the device.
Sony’s PlayTV, an add-on TV tuner that will turn the PS3 into a PVR, has suffered another setback. Not only has the European release of the device been delayed until September 19th, but Sony has now disclosed that recorded video files will not be transferable to PSP, PC or MemoryStick, contrary to their initial specifications.
If you’re looking to bring a little color to your gaming, Sony has announced a new Madden NFL 09 PSP Entertainment Pack that will come with a new limited edition metallic blue PSP and several other extras.
It’s become somewhat traditional to start the week’s review with what’s happening in the netbook world, a niche that’s arguably the fastest developing right now in consumer tech. Fujitsu kicked things off with the proclamation that budget ultraportables “don’t add up” and that the current race to the bottom line doesn’t give manufacturers enough room to make profit; Fujitsu were rumored the week before to be planning a netbook of their own, only with the emphasis on build quality rather than solely the price tag. Sony also picked up a few netbook-in-progress rumors, tipped for Q4 2008, and HP revealed that they’re working on a follow-up to the 2133 Mini-Note that will be less sturdy but also less expensive.
LG, too, are said to have a netbook in the works, with a model tentatively named X110 running Intel’s Atom CPU and made for them by MSI. It’s uncertain whether, if this turns out to be true, the X110 would be a rebadge of the MSI Wind or a whole new design. Finally, ASUS confirmed they wouldn’t be letting up the pressure as firm most associated with the segment; there’s talk of an “all day” battery and cloud storage option for release later on in 2008.
Someone else decided to take a crack at changing up the PSP a bit. This one was designed by Samuel Lau and although it will likely never be a reality, it is still fun to look at.
It’s taken me a little while to warm up to the PSP, but thanks to the folks at Square Enix and a copy of Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, I’ve barely put it down lately. I’ve never really had anything against Sony’s handheld, it’s just that I’ve been plenty entertained by my DS. Well rumors are now circulating that there may be another PSP model in production. No, I’m not talking about a new color, but a whole new model 3000.
The original PlayGear Pocket has been out for a while now. Long enough that those with the newer slimmer PSP have found ways to pad the original case so that it works with the new PSP.
Sony have been granted a patent for a portable, handheld device that uses a haptic feedback system. However, unlike the traditional so-called haptics available on a number of cellphones, which basically vibrate the handset whenever you press its touchscreen, the Sony system uses an array of individually controlled “tactile pixels” that physically press through the display. The company has described multiple potential applications, including game console, media player, cellphone and internet navigator.