Sources close to Sony have finally revealed details about the successor to the PSP. Sony is focusing on making the PSP lighter by using “a new LED screen that will deliver an ultra-crisp image but take up far less space”, but retaining most of the hardware specification. The battery life of course will be improved, by up to four times, thanks to the LED screen consuming less power and most importantly, the new PSP will include 8GB of built in storage space and a faster UMD drive.
A built-in camera and finish (matte or gloss) are still being decided, but already the new PSP is sounding good. The improved UMD drive should provide quicker game loading and the 8GB built-in flash memory will definitely come in useful for all those MP3s, videos, photos and save data. The PSP’s buttons have been revamped and the D-Pad has gotten a major overhaul, giving portable gamers something more like a Playstation 3 D-pad to play with.
Those of you holding out for a touchscreen are, unfortunately, going to have to wait until Sony’s next portable gaming device. The new PSP will again be black. The final price for this new PSP hasn’t been set, but Sony is hoping to sell it for under $170 or so. Manufacturing should commence in the upcoming weeks, and the product is going to be officially unveiled at this year’s E3. The sale date being tossed around is August, but don’t be surprised if it’s pushed back to September. The new PSP doesn’t have a official name yet…"PSP Lite" anyone?