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Sony Announces PSP 3000


Refinement, not development, appears to be Sony’s PSP game plan. While many expected revolutionary changes before the PSP 2000 was announced, we merely received a slightly thinner unit, with s-video output.  Now, the law of diminishing returns rears its ugly head and we receive a microphone and ‘anti-reflection technology’ with the announcement of the PSP 3000.

Sony executives describe the new PSP 3000 screen to have a “wider color gamut and higher contrast ratio, for deeper, more vibrant colors.” One drawback we’ve always had with the current PSP was the inability to play the handheld outdoors- sunlight effectively killed the ability to see anything onscreen. That problem appears to be rectified with the new anti-refection tech. Although we at Tech-Gaming would love to see a PSP with an OLED screen that is oblivious to direct sunlight, we’re afraid this would be cost prohibitive.

The PSP 3000 unit will be available in the US in October, shipping with Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, a game that will be nearly two years old when the new handheld ships. Once again, Sony makes some interesting and enigmatic decisions. 

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With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

44 comments

  1. Do we really need this, sony?

  2. Why sony, why?

  3. They do this so if you old one breaks and you have an extended warentee, you’re screwed.

    I had a PSP fat, which broke when the newer slims came out. Gamestop wouldn’t do anything but give me a used old one scratched to hell.

    Bastards.

  4. I couldn’t believe R&C was going to be so old. I checked it- it came out in Feb. of 2007.

  5. Same as it ever was.

  6. Did anyone else immediately think of PR B.S. like “Blast Processing” when they read anti-reflective technology?

    Sham alert.

  7. I used to work for a company that creased software for GPS system. All we used are LCD panels. There’s no way to see them in direct sunlight. That’s one of the failings of the tech.

  8. Sounds like Sony is turning into Apple; new hardware every year.

  9. No other differences?

  10. I’m still waiting for my second analog stick.

  11. And then they’ll more version with Kratos, Crash, Kaz, Jenna Jamison and whoever else they can whore out for a special edition.

  12. I’ll stick with my phat DS.

  13. No big deal.

  14. They need to fix the battery life.

  15. Ok, Sony how about making some games worth playing on the system.

  16. Do current PSP owners really need the new one?

  17. That’s ok, I find the cheap (8-20) games fine.

  18. Absolutely not. Unless Sony manages to completely fix the screen and you want skin cancer.

  19. PSP is overrated.

  20. Price on this one? I remember they charged a bit more when the slims came out.

  21. Ghosting in the main problem; did they take care of that?

  22. A microphone? WTF for?

  23. To talk directly to Jack Tretton and tell him what a bumblef^%k he is.

  24. OLED would be the hotness.

  25. WHAT GAMES USE A MIC?

  26. Ill wait for the 6000

  27. If they would have added more to the system, then it may have pushed me into finally buying one. Looks like I still don’t have a reason to buy immediately. I’ll wait til it hits the bargain bin.

  28. On the fence over this one.

  29. I’d love a white PSP; to do with my DS and ipod.

  30. Finally they fix the reflecting screen problem. Its so annoying 🙁

  31. Can I trade my PSP for a DS?

  32. Hey I guess i could buy one now.

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  36. I agree with Vic, sound like Sony will ad are bringing out new hardware all of the time!! As an end user only the well of or people how work in the shops will ever handle them!!, oh well… 🙁

  37. At least you can play all the games on the old models. No reason to upgrade at all!

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