In a recent interview with MTV, John Koller, head of Marketing for SCEA revealed a number of things related to the future of the PSP, as well as current issues. In the interview, Koller reveales that the new model PSP is codenamed PSP 2000, while the current model is called PSP 1000. He also talked about a GPS device for North America and about hacker Dark_AleX.
Koller said that a TV tuner for the PSP is not possible in North America due to the cost of over-the-air signals. As for the GPS device, the software is currently being “tweaked for North America” for release in the next 10-12 months. A camera like the one released in Japan and Europe will also make it to North America, althought “there may be some changes to the spec sheet” before it’s released.
Earlier this year the world’s top PSP hacker, Dark_Alex, announced he was leaving the PSP scene. According to Koller, Sony did not shut him down or hire him. Koller said “I think he’s taking a hiatus.” With relation to hiring hackers, Koller said “It’s not even a hiring thing. They come in and actively talk to us.”