Smaller, Lighter PSP Redesign Officially Confirmed

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Sony UK boss confirms PSP redesign

Johnny Minkley 11:24 (GMT) 13/03/2007

"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 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."

Re: Smaller, Lighter PSP Redesign Officially Confirmed

I am sure they have a lot of retail stock of the original design to contend
with...that will impact the release of the redesign.

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