It may be called the PSP-4000, or it may be known as the PSP 2, but either way, it seems inevitable that a new iteration of Sony's handheld will be on store shelves before the year is out.

Apparently, despite Sony's refusal to comment on a new model, PocketGamer has received inside confirmation that a new version is indeed coming, and it may be designed to rival the iPhone. In fact, their source revealed that not only will the unit arrive before Christmas 2009, but it will also feature traits that place it in direct competition with Apple. This new PSP will boast a large touchscreen – just like the iPhone – but Sony's gadget will also include the necessary gaming extras: the ol' familiar D-pad and, what everyone has been clamoring for, dual analog controls. Basically, this means that the new PSP will be able to handle both the standard handheld games that avid fans desire – titles like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and God of War: Chains of Olympus – along with the simpler, more casual games that are currently available on Apple's Store. Furthermore, the new PSP titles will be on the PlayStation Store in the form of digital downloads, as UMD will fall by the wayside. Yeah, we figured that if a new PSP was to come, UMD wouldn't come with it.

Obviously, none of this is officially confirmed, but we expect to see the unveiling, if there is one, at E3. Obviously, the world of handheld electronics has exploded over the past decade and it's continually changing; this radically different PSP may be Sony's recognition of the current market situation. Perhaps the question gamers have is, should they be competing with Apple in the first place…?

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Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
11 years ago

Cool II cant wait until E3, if the new psp comes out this holiday season imma have to pick one up. Im wondering how much the lauch price will be.


Last edited by Cpt_Geez on 4/7/2009 11:02:24 AM

crapreviews
crapreviews
11 years ago

yay a new psp again. well guess once it is reveled it will be time to sell my current Blue psp lol

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

I really liked the blue psps. If you ask me they are the best looking ones yet. Even if this is true I would still probably hold on to my red psp

crapreviews
crapreviews
11 years ago

yeah i do like having the blue psp. still to this day people be like "thats a psp? where did you get that color?" lol

cheeseburger
cheeseburger
11 years ago

oh shit i just bought a psp slim and lite

Ed_Wayne
Ed_Wayne
11 years ago

Should they be competing with Apple, you ask? Well, by the sound of this article they will be competing with Apple and Nintendo. Hardcore stuff like God of War and Crisis Core will still be available but they will also be able to go very casual too. If this is true thenI think it's pretty cool. I just want to see some PS3 games and stuff at E3. I like PSP but PS3 is the system that I play everyday.

crapreviews
crapreviews
11 years ago

i dont play my psp as much as i used to but it will be nice to see what will come from this new psp design if it is true.

as far as the ps3 im hoping to see tons of new info on games

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

same 😛 but when LBP comes i wil probs play it waayy more often

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

I will totally bye this but I love the UMD and I hope I don't have to re bye games digitally I already own on UMD to play on the new one.

crawdaddy
crawdaddy
11 years ago

Again, Sony is going to screw up. Just like dropping the hardware B.C. with upscaling on the ps3. What about all the people who would like to have the new psp, but own lots of umd games and movies ect… on umd's. Just throw those people out the door Sony. Besides we don't need a psp i phone. We need a great psp gaming machine. If Sony wants to compete with i phone then make something like it, but don't use the psp for it. Get your heads out of your a$$es Sony once and for all.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Two PSP SKUs, one with UMD, one without.

Call them the PSP-4000 and PSP-Touch. The 4000 is a little thicker and heavier and has all the features of the touch but includes UMD. The PSP-Touch is a UMDless PSP featuring all the new features (touchscreen etc…) as well as all previous PSP features excluding – of course – the UMD.

It's just a theory though…

Hubley
Hubley
11 years ago

they will probably give you a code for each game or movie that will allow you to digitally download them

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@Hubley

When you use a PSP connected to a PS3 to view downloaded video from the Sony PS Store, your PSP has to be activated for video. If not, it won't download it. Also if you copy a video file from someone else, the system is supposed to prevent you viewing it unless you view it on the device it was originally downloaded to. So, I can put a video on my PSP and watch it, but if I hand the memory stick to a friend to watch on their system, it shouldn't work, because their PSP isn't the registered device for the content.

Akuma_
Akuma_
11 years ago

i dont think Sony is stupid enough to throw out umd's with the current generation. maybe with the psp2. but thats a ways off.

im just waiting for the next model to drop so i can nab it, and FINALLY get all those psp games ive wanted for years.

yak4life85
yak4life85
11 years ago

Sounds like I'm finally gonna pick up a psp later this year.

telly
telly
11 years ago

I'm definitely interested, but I'm not sold until I know three things:

1) graphics capabilities
2) how comfortable the dual stick set up will be in your hands
3) price

alexmac77
alexmac77
11 years ago

Well, it should be twice as good as the iphone. Assuming Sony still uses a physical media drive, it should be many times better than any digital downloaded games on the iphone. I already believe that the PSP-3000 beats the iphone, except for the phone part. maybe they will incorporate an Erricsson type device.

Troy Powers
Troy Powers
11 years ago

Slap in a 32GB flash drive, and basic phone capabilities and I'm sold. I'm not big on portable gaming, but if I can use it as a phone and mp3 player, I just might give it a shot.

AnonymousPoster
AnonymousPoster
11 years ago

If PSP goes all digital (with plenty of DRM nonsense, no doubt), I'm not coming with it. I do hope this is fake.

I will never buy a system where I'm spending money exclusively on intangible data.

I love my PSP, but no, I don't shell out for games without getting something physical in return.

camaro300zx
camaro300zx
11 years ago

With a price tag of $399.99

convergecrew
convergecrew
11 years ago

Im a bit skeptical about how the memory aspect is going to work–removable flash memory or a pre-installed one? This could make all the difference in how convienient the UMD-less system will actually be.

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

I swear Sony should do a portable toaster disc drive for the psp it would be awesome

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

For real man that would be off the chain!

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Amen.

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

Sounds pretty cool, but how will I play my umd games? I don't think customers would appreciate Sony dumping umd support. I don't that they will go with 2 skus, ala The Highlanders idea.

I'm surprised that I didn't consider it before, but it looks like they will use sixaxis tech if they want to compete with the iPhone.

all in all a very good sounding rumor, it's not too good to be true

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
11 years ago

Every iPhone game i have played has annoyed the hell out of me; touch screens do not work as the only input method. I still dont understand how apple is now a competitor in the game market. Wouldnt this psp compete better against the ds? Physical controls + touchscreen seems an awful lot like the ds…
Either way, this is all just interface stuff, im more interested in the guts of the machine. Cpu/ram upgrade? Is this actually a NEW psp, or just the old one with even more features?
I'll be keeping an eye on this though, im sure Ben will keep us updated when the spec sheets roll around.

ThugNificent101
ThugNificent101
11 years ago

they may not release the next psp with a umd drive, and if they dont, im curious to know how sony will handle the distribution. maybe they will release games via some type of memory device that you can simply transfer to your psp flash drive(assuming they add one) or play directly from the memory stick that the game came on.

Its possible that they can give a code to people who already have the game as well so that they can download it from the playstation store, but how they would go about it is questionable. It doesnt seem very… Sony like


Last edited by ThugNificent101 on 4/7/2009 2:51:07 PM

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

I like in general.

I, however, still think Sony should include UMD for backward compatability. New PSP2 games can be download only.

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
11 years ago

RUMOR of a CONFIRMATION? How sweet! 🙂

Ultimate_Balla
Ultimate_Balla
11 years ago

If The "No UMD" Thing Is Confirmed True, Then I Won*t Purchase It!

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

i doubt they'd make it UMD-less, especially since Sony said that they very much like the UMD format

Shatterday
Shatterday
11 years ago

UMD isn't a big selling point for me
i think a good question is why do people say that the iphone is competing with handhelds anyway… i haven't seen anything spectacular on that thing

damn… while we're asking questions, who the hell took my itouch? i lost that thing back in january… bastards

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

SAME

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

A UMD-less PSP is stupid idea and Sony knows it. If anything, new games will debut simultaneously on the Playstation Store and at retail.

On the PSP "Slide"
http://playstation.joystiq.com/2008/02/11/this-fan-made-psp-redesign-is-sexy/

(the artilce says the "slide" is a fan design)

Jian2069
Jian2069
11 years ago

new psp

just what we need :
how about you work towards fixing all the faulty blu-ray drives sony…

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

too be honest i haven't heard any complaints on faulty blu-ray drives and if there are, stand-alone one's aren't sony's problem, only the ps3's

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

What faulty BluRay drives? You make it sound like RROD epic proportions.

Infinite7
Infinite7
11 years ago

My question is how are you going to be able to transfer all of your UMDs and saves to the drive? I can't transfer my saves from the 1000 to the Lite.

LyleCapua
LyleCapua
11 years ago

Who puts "rumor" and "confirmed" in the same headline? Ben Dutka, that's who.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

The "rumor" is that Pocketgamer claims to have "confirmation." What's wrong with that?

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
11 years ago

Ben is so awesome that he is both 100% sure and yet not sure at all at the same time.

lionfire
lionfire
11 years ago

i will be getting it…as long as i have a job.

End of line
End of line
11 years ago

Dammit, not looking forward to carrying around an iphone and a psp "slide". Here's hoping for mobile functionality as a premium psp sku, if it does i'm selling my iphone in an instant.

Advent Child
Advent Child
11 years ago

I dunno. I wouldn't put much stock in this. Too many things changing at once is bad for business. Adding all that and taking away is just too much I think. Especially when they have said they will support the current model for many years to come. Adding one feature like dual analogs I can imagine, but dual analogs, a touchscreen, and taking away UMD just sounds like a bad business move.

TH3G4MEMASTER
TH3G4MEMASTER
11 years ago

Oh YES!!!!! Finally a psp that actually does something !!What I mean is the psp 2000 was basicliy the same as the 1000 just a bit slimmer and had skype the psp 3000 which only had an extra microphone but if the new psp has touch capibilities then it will change the life of the psp forever!!! that's why i still have the psp 1000 but when this new psp comes out i will be the first person in the shops!!

jamrock
jamrock
11 years ago

I think you guys are over complicating the psp. The UMDs are going to be done with, if you want to play it then you have this psp to do it with. As far as getting the games to the psp its going to work like any other PSN download. Memory wise sony has aways been good with coming up with new tech for there systems. A while back didn't they mention some new tech they where working on for the psp, this might be it. I'm all for the digital download it cost less than UNDs.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

"I'm all for the digital download it cost less than UNDs."

They won't.

The Warhawk and Burnout Paradise downloads on PSN have always been on price parity with the disc version. Expect the same for PSP2 downloads.

bamf
bamf
11 years ago

Sony is bringing out the Sony Ericsson Idou (pronounced I Do, concept name) multimedia phone fairy soon, it has a 12mp camera and that will be competing with the iPhone. So I don't know about this rumor? Even the PSP phone isn't going to happen so I can't imagine a PSP with phone capabilities built in, its too big for a phone and I can't see Sony shrinking the size of the screen.

giant123
giant123
11 years ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOO! i just got my psp =[

HamsterBoy
HamsterBoy
11 years ago

I can tell you that the UMD Drive is not going anywhere. Sony has backward compatibility criteria that must be met. I've seen the spec and I don't know who at PocketGamer is leaking this miss-information but that is exactly what it is; MISS-INFORMATION. The PSP2 is not slated for release until 2Q 2011; market pressures notwithstanding. Sony is committed, I REPEAT, committed to the UMD therefore the PSP-4000 WILL have a UMD Drive and there will NOT be 2 skews for two different PSP-4000 iterations as only ONE iteration per localized PSP will exist in any given market other than various color variants that will be assigned by Sony proper in the various PSP vertical markets.

Sony is also committed to providing the end-user with the most advanced yet functional portable gaming solution possible while allowing the end-user to leverage their investment. Sony looks forward to meeting its obligation to gamers world wide.