And now, it's Kaz Hirai stepping to the stage and his big announcement can fit in his pocket. It's what he called the "worst-kept secret of E3:" the PSP Go!
It's a sleek little unit. It's "specifically designed for the digital lifestyle" and it will not replace the PSP-3000; Sony will continue to market both simultaneously. The PSP Go! is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the original PSP-1000, and it features a 16GB internal flash memory, along with built-in Wi-Fi so users can download games and movies from the PlayStation Network. That slide-out feature reveals the controls and keeps the unit compact, and there's even a new memory stick micromedia port. There's also the announcement of Sense Me! for the PSP, which basically analyzes your music library and selects a playlist "based on your mood." Lastly, the PSP Go! is scheduled to hit store shelves in both North America and Europe on October 1; it will retail for $249.99 in the US and 249 Euroes across the pond. Lastly, Hirai makes a point of saying that Sony has drastically reduced the cost of development tools for the PSP: in fact, they've dropped the dev tool cost 80%, which means more designers have access to the ever-evolving handheld. That should boost third-party support!
Oh, and here comes Kazunori Yamauchi; guaranteed that he's gonna announce Gran Turismo for the PSP. Oh yes, here it comes…it be true!