Okay, so we’ve all seen the press conference, and we’ve seen the shakycam pictures taken by livebloggers. Now that Sony has released official PR photos, let’s take a closer look at them (click for high-res):
First of all, we know the specs: 19% slimmer, 33% lighter. As far as width and height though, it’s identical to the old PSP. In fact, from the front pic it would be pretty hard to even tell
that it’s the new model. You can see though, that they moved the speakers to the top area of the PSP, so your palms don’t muffle the sound during play. On the back, the entire surface is glossy now, and the battery cover has been changed (the button is on the side now, instead of the surface). It should also be noted that the new model uses a new 1200 mAH battery, replacing the old 1600 mAH battery.
None of the rumored changes are to be found, so unfortunately that means we get the same crappy analog stick and crosspad. There have been a few minor improvements however; on the new slim PSP, game data can be stored in a temporary cache. This will severely reduce UMD access time, which will improve battery life. Secondly, a video-out port has been added, so the PSP can be used as a media player for any TV with a video input (Component, S-Video, and Composite should be supported, if you can find the right cable, which is not included by the way). Also, the new PSP can be charged via USB! FINALLY. What a bad design flaw that was, on the original PSP.
The new PSP will come in 3 colours; black, silver, and white. As mentioned, it will replace the current PSP this September, for the same MSRP. Here’s hoping that some actual games will come out by the end of the year!
Check out the pictures of the other colours, and retail packaging after the jump.