PSP-4000 Rumors Gain Steam

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PSP-4000 Rumors Gain Steam

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The long-rumored next iteration of the PSP appears to be one step closer to reality as an ad for a LittleBigPlanet case indicates that it's suitable for all models of the unit, including the PSP-4000.

Rumors of a new UMD-based PlayStation Portable model have been kicking around since late 2008, when anonymous sources claimed that an updated PSP would hit the market by the end of this year. In August of this year, Engadget added fuel to the fire by saying that a "reliable tipster" who had previously made an accurate call on the PS3 Slim had dropped the dime on the PSP-4000, which would retain the UMD drive and share shelf space with the PSPgo.

Yet more evidence of an imminent announcement has now turned up in an advertisement for PSP accessories from Accessories 4 Technology, which claims that the items in question are suitable for the PSP 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000. The ad appears on page 16 of the digital edition of MCV UK and remains in place at the time of writing. Furthermore, as The Lost Gamer notes, "Accessories4Gamers have made products for previous iterations of the Playstation Portable, as well as the most recent 'Go' model, so surely this isn't a typical print error."

Sony hasn't said a word on the matter so at this point it's still just a rumor, albeit a very strong one. With the cat all but out of the bag, however, it's probably safe to assume that something official will be forthcoming soon.

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I wonder if it will be really expensive just so that people will buy the 3000 instead.

HUBILUB:
I wonder if it will be really expensive just so that people will buy the 3000 instead.

Its Sony...so, wouldnt be surprised! lol

Sony is still quiet about this?
you would think they would come out and just surrender...
oh well. maybe they will drop the psp go and just run with the 4000

Will someone at Sony please stop leaking information? It's getting quite annoying having to wait another year to make sure I don't get shafted in my purchase.

guh and I just got the 3000 last year, TWO YEAR INTERVALS AT THE LEAST THANK YOU!

And here I am thinking Nintendo spawns the most incarnations of the same handheld. Well Sony, you just won that title.

What is it with Nintendo and Sony constantly re-releasing their handhelds? I would much rather them stop trying to get us to re-buy a system we already have and give us an entirely new one.

PSP4000, seriously? what's wrong with those people? do they really think that having as many versions of the psp is good for business? it's not like game sequels! i guess they got this thing wrong!

Guess I'm not buying the current PSP or Go now. XD

Damn, I hate my hardware falling out of date every year.

So what can we expect with the 4000?

Bluetooth support and maybe a small internal drive, ie the only features of the PSP go anybody wanted. And what's the betting it will share the go's proprietary port in place of the PSP 1-3's mini USB port. Anybody got any ideas for other things they could add, first person to say second thumbstick gets molested with a Haddock.

God i hope so, I'm still sporting the 1000 and would love to upgrade, but the 2000 and 3000 don't make it worth the cash, and i just plain don't like the GO!

SICK0_ZER0:
God i hope so, I'm still sporting the 1000 and would love to upgrade, but the 2000 and 3000 don't make it worth the cash, and i just plain don't like the GO!

The 3000 is called the "PSP BRITE" for a reason. Just saying.

I may just be old, but I don't really get "portable" gaming. Could someone please explain to me why it's important to release a new portable system every year (seemingly)? I know technology moves fast, but c'mon, that's a bit silly!

I don't understand why people get so bent out of shape about them releasing a new hardware iteration. Technology is constantly advancing, so why shouldn't they be selling a more modern PSP? It doesn't actually do anything to lessen the PSP you already own. If they were to put out games that only worked with the newest model and not previous ones, I could see that being a problem.
I still own an original PSP and I don't see how any of the newer releases do anything to diminish its usefulness to me. If they eventually release a new revision of the PSP hardware that has enough improvements for me to consider worth the price, then I'll buy it. I won't consider that a problem however, as they offered me a better product that's worth the cost. If it's overpriced for the improvements (in my opinion), I just won't buy it, and once again, it still doesn't hurt me.

wow im getting the psp 3000 for christmas because my old one was getting crummy. If 4000 comnes out within the next year im gonne be pissed

The Gentleman:
Will someone at Sony please stop leaking information? It's getting quite annoying having to wait another year to make sure I don't get shafted in my purchase.

Alot of tipsters isnt it? :D
Well id love a new psp. Screw that go crap. Just improve the 3k and make us all happy :P

jerrrry:
I don't understand why people get so bent out of shape about them releasing a new hardware iteration. Technology is constantly advancing, so why shouldn't they be selling a more modern PSP? It doesn't actually do anything to lessen the PSP you already own. If they were to put out games that only worked with the newest model and not previous ones, I could see that being a problem.
I still own an original PSP and I don't see how any of the newer releases do anything to diminish its usefulness to me. If they eventually release a new revision of the PSP hardware that has enough improvements for me to consider worth the price, then I'll buy it. I won't consider that a problem however, as they offered me a better product that's worth the cost. If it's overpriced for the improvements (in my opinion), I just won't buy it, and once again, it still doesn't hurt me.

For me at least, it's not so much that it bothers me that the updates are bad or harmful or anything, I just think it would be better (not only for the consumer but for the company as well) if they put more focus on making one huge upgrade instead of these stupid little incremental ones. I just think it's a bad business model.

It's not like with PC components where you can chose which upgrades you want and when you want them. With these handhelds it's an all or nothing affair. Either you buy an entirely new system and scrap the old one or you wait it out and hope it's not too long until they have an upgrade that's worth it.. There is no middle ground.

It's funny, DS is gearing up the DSi XL, it's fourth iteration of the same generation, and yet it seems less annoying. I don't get a sense of "another one?" that I do with the PSP line. (Okay, I did for the XL but DSi is what 4 months old?)

I think it has something to do with the fact each DS iteration is a drastic mutation of the last, whereas each PSP is more of a mild tweaking (some even have new issues to replace the old ones)

Like we need more handhelds.

Have a Go myself with the memory card so its 32gig so unless the 4000 has huge improvements I wont bother getting it. But as said, it wont lessen my enjoyment of what I already have.

Back to UMD's?

Good boy Sony. Here's a cookie.

Pyode:
What is it with Nintendo and Sony constantly re-releasing their handhelds? I would much rather them stop trying to get us to re-buy a system we already have and give us an entirely new one.

i think the main problem there, the majority of handheld owners want to buy the same console over and over (god knows why) and its cheaper to not think of a new idea ;)

Sony finally got the picture about UMDs. Too bad they aren't releasing the 4000 before Christmas for some inane reason or another.

I don't know why I'm complaining though. I don't use handhelds.

Pyode:
What is it with Nintendo and Sony constantly re-releasing their handhelds? I would much rather them stop trying to get us to re-buy a system we already have and give us an entirely new one.

They tried that. PSPGO? Yeeeeeeah, they're trying to make it up to PSP fans since the catastrophic failure of the GO.

If the PSP 4000 has 2 analog sticks than I will consider buying it.

Vie:
So what can we expect with the 4000?

Bluetooth support and maybe a small internal drive, ie the only features of the PSP go anybody wanted. And what's the betting it will share the go's proprietary port in place of the PSP 1-3's mini USB port. Anybody got any ideas for other things they could add, first person to say second thumbstick gets molested with a Haddock.

Marik2:
If the PSP 4000 has 2 analog sticks than I will consider buying it.

Well, looks like I'm the second, so I get spared the haddock.

It's not gonna happen, more's the pity. Thanks to the recent release of the Go, Sony's not going to make such a crucial change in their handheld for at least two more years.

Hmm, I was looking into buying a DS, but I'll wait for this. I don't really need a handheld right now

Maybe they will move the joystick so you don't have to be a contortionist to play with it. That said, when will the psp die? Quality games are at a trickle, movie watching is accomplished cheaper/better on phones/ipod(or similar device) Its too big to be convenient, too slow to boot up games for quick 5 min sessions, too clunky to use as an MP3 player, no keypad for browser. It seems almost useless but I guess some ppl like it.

sneakypenguin:
Maybe they will move the joystick so you don't have to be a contortionist to play with it. That said, when will the psp die? Quality games are at a trickle, movie watching is accomplished cheaper/better on phones/ipod(or similar device) Its too big to be convenient, too slow to boot up games for quick 5 min sessions, too clunky to use as an MP3 player, no keypad for browser. It seems almost useless but I guess some ppl like it.

That's just it, isn't it? THe Evil Empire of Apple is laying siege to the traditional console companies! :o

The fact of the matter is that technology these days are coming in smaller, more frequent incremental increases rather than our traditional 'new iteration every 3 years'. We can see this trend with both hardware (the DS/PSP incarnations, addon peripherals and budget/premium models of home consoles), as well as software (DLC). And this is because we're also coming to a real crossroads in portable devices; many smartphones are not only encroaching upon the practicality of handhelds, they are becoming direct market competitors. Will you buy an iPhone, or a PSP? The difference between one little key feature such as superior web browsing can tip the scales massively, and frequent releases are what's happening in an attempt to keep an edge on the competition.

As we've seen in the past, handhelds must evolve or die. And i hate to sound the pessimist, but it seems that Sony/Nintendo thus far are rather slow on the uptake compared to other hardware developers, especially those of smartphones.

Why do the DS and PSP seem to be getting new iterations every few months?

Surely this would put people off actually buying the things?

Not to be outdone, Nintendo immediately announces their plans to release the DS Soft™. Its exactly like the DSi only with Memory Foam buttons for gamers with arthritis. "For a more comfortable button mashing experience!"™

On a more serious note, somebody must be buying these fucking things, otherwise it would be a massive money sink.

I do wonder sometimes though, does Sony's R&D Department consist entirely of one dude sitting on a couch doing LSD and smoking weed all day?

Sometimes, it seems like it.

EDIT: Also another thought just occurred to me. The handheld market, with each passing day, is becoming more and more like the PC upgrade market used to be.

Also, I may be wrong on this be Sony's strategy here seems to be something akin to: "Haha, you are such a dipshit! We fooled you into buying a Go when we were planning on one-upping it immediately after release all along! We are so clever!"

People in the UK who buy OPM will already know about this.

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