PSP-3000, confirmed and shipping soon
SCEA managed to pull another fast one on us as they’ve just announced the North American details concerning the PSP-3000 complete with release date. Sure rumors have been floating around for the past month but I didn’t expect the unit to pop out so soon.
3000 vs 2000
If you’ve just bought a PSP-2000 or Slim & Lite in the past year, you’re likely curious as to how unit is different from what you’re currently holding. Sadly, there’s not a lot to get me excited.
The PSP-3000 series will look like PSP-2000. Much unlike the difference between the PSP-1000 and the PSP-2000, the new model seems just like an upgrade. Added features are as follows:
- Built-in microphone
- Enhanced, brighter screen
- Enhanced Video-Out
The built-in mic is a huge plus for regular Skype and Go messenger users who don’t want to swap their current headsets for more cumbersome Skype-able ones. As for the screen, I’m hoping that it lives to it’s promies, and be able resist glare. This will be quite indispensable for outdoor gaming.
THe video-out has been upgraded enhanced to accomodate televisions that don’t support a progressive output (that means non-HDTVs).
Is it worth it?
Yes and no. Yes if you’re looking to get that better screen, and be able to use all your current accessories. No if you’ve just bought a PSP-2000 and are contemplating on getting the new unit.
When will I get my hands on this?
The PSP-3000 series will be available on October 15th in Europe (why not Japan or US first? Hmm…) and will retail for €199, approximately USD 294 or PHP 13,500 and will be available in several bundles, 3 of which have been annoucned and are listed below:
Ratchet & Clank PSP Entertainment Pack
Launch date: October 15.
- Mystic Silver PSP-3000
- AC adaptor and battery pac
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
- National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets UMD
- echochrome PSN voucher
- 1GB Memory Stick PRO duo
PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack
Launch date: November.
- Piano Black PSP-3000
- AC adaptor and battery pack
- 4GB Memory Stick PRO duo
- Everyday Shooter PSN voucher
PSP Core Pack
Launch date: TBA
- Piano Black PSP-3000
- AC adaptor and battery pack.
Now while the PSP-3000 doesn’t look much of an upgrade, there’s some rumors of more features along the way making the PSP-3000 a sort of PSP 3.0. Here’s a list of supposed future improvements:
- Brighter LCD with quicker response time (12ms vs the current 60ms in the slim – prevents ghosting and black smearing)
- Improved UMD lens system with less power usage
- More durable case
- Longer-life battery (~4200mAh)
- 480p video output being considered, might not be in the final (vs. 480i in the PSP-2000)
Now if you’re considering on buying the newer models, I suggest waiting for PSP 3.1Tags: Limited Edition PSP, Playstation Portable, PSP-3000