It’ll still have the same hardware inside, but the PSP 1.5 (as nobody is calling it) will be much slimmer, with a slinky new screen and – this is the good bit – battery life up to FOUR TIMES the original PSP.
And there’s more: the D-pad will be sorted out, loading times will be faster, and there’ll be 8GB of internal flash memory. A built-in camera is apparently a possibility too, albeit one that may be nixed by cost issues.
If true, it’s good news: the PSP is long overdue a redesign to correct some of its flaws. Don’t get me wrong: I’m no PSP-knocker. Since I grabbed Pro Evolution Soccer 6 and Sid Meier’s Pirates for it, Sony’s device has actually displaced my DS as the device I’m taking on train journeys.
But nevertheless, the battery life and new D-pad in particular will give PSP a much-needed boot up the nether regions. Now, all it needs is a few more innovative games, and Nintendo will have proper competition in the handheld gaming market – which whichever platform you prefer, is good news.