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Sony's newest PSP model, PSP 3000 announced

11:23 AM on 08.20.2008 // Dale North
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You may have already seen our blurb about the PSP 3000 announcement at Games Convention 2008, but here's the skinny direct from Sony.

The new PSP 3000 has an updated LCD screen "with a wider color gamut and anti-reflection technology," and will also sport a built-in microphone and Skype software. Otherwise, it's the same form factor as the PSP-2000.

They're also announcing the new 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack, which includes the system, 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and a voucher to download Everyday Shooter, all for $199.99.

The Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters Pack we heard about at E3 will also include the PSP 3000 in Mystic Silver. It includes R&C, National Treasure 2 on UMD, and an echochrome voucher. It will be available on October 14th for $199.99.

Piano Black system-only packs will be available later in the year for $169.99.

I hope you didn't just buy a PSP-2000!

Check out the images of the new model in our gallery below.

  FOSTER CITY, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with a global announcement by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced the North American availability of the updated PSP(R)(PlayStation(R)Portable) system (PSP-3000).  Available on October 14 in the previously announced Ratchet & Clank(R): Size Matters(TM) PSP Entertainment Pack, the updated PSP will feature a new LCD screen with a wider color gamut and anti-reflection technology, as well as a built-in microphone to enhance both multi-player gaming and Skype(TM) calls. The form factor and overall functionality of the current, slimmed-down PSP-2000 will remain the same with the updated PSP system. SCEA today also announced the PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack ($199.99 MSRP), which will include the updated PSP, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM) and a PLAYSTATION(R)Network voucher to download Everyday Shooter for PSP system. In addition to the bundles, the updated PSP will be available as a stand-alone product later this year.

    "As we head into the holiday shopping season, both of these new Entertainment Packs represent a significant value for gift-givers, combining the updated PSP and its enhanced screen with content that showcases the PSP's gaming and entertainment functionality," said Peter Dille, senior vice president, marketing and PLAYSTATION Network, SCEA.  "The 4GB Memory bundle is geared toward the digital entertainment enthusiast who likes to bring their media files on-the-go and download content from the PLAYSTATION Network. The Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters bundle is a great family-friendly option centered on one of the most beloved PlayStation franchises."

    As announced at the E3 Media & Business Summit, the Ratchet & Clank PSP Entertainment Pack will be available for $199.99 (MSRP) on October 14. The Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters PSP Entertainment Pack includes:

    --  Updated Mystic Silver PSP system; the first updated PSP available on

        store shelves

    --  Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters -- In this PSP Greatest Hits title,

        Ratchet and Clank go back to the franchise's roots with classic

        Ratchet & Clank(R) gameplay. While on a much needed vacation, Ratchet

        and Clank's rest and relaxation time is suddenly cut short as they

        soon find themselves lured into a mysterious quest. 

    --  "National Treasure 2: Book Of Secrets" UMD(R) video -- Join Nicolas

        Cage on a heart-pounding adventure that will have you on the edge of

        your seat in a race to find the Lost City of Gold. Grounded in

        history, imbued with myth and mystery, Disney's "National Treasure 2:

        Book Of Secrets" takes you on a globe-trotting quest full of

        adrenaline-pumping twists and turns -- all leading to the final clue

        in a mysterious and highly guarded book containing centuries of

        secrets.

    --  echochrome(TM) PLAYSTATION Network voucher* -- Featuring an elegant

        black and white art design, echochrome is a puzzle game unlike any

        other. With gameplay based on optical illusions, players must utilize

        five simple laws of perspective to join walkways, hide dangers, and

        create new paths to reach the "echos," or shadow guides. Download

        echochrome for PSP from PLAYSTATION(R)Store

        (http://store.playstation.com) to your Memory Stick PRO Duo with the

        included voucher.

    --  1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo -- Store your photos, music, videos,

        downloadable games and game saves.

 

 

    The PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack will be the first bundle to feature a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, offering plenty of storage for saving movies and TV shows downloaded from the recently launched PLAYSTATION Network video delivery service. The bundle will be available in November for $199.99 (MSRP). 

 

    The PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack includes:

    --  Updated Piano Black PSP system

    --  4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo -- Store more photos, music, videos,

        downloadable games and game saves.

    --  Everyday Shooter PLAYSTATION Network voucher* -- A colorful and

        music-driven arcade shooter, Everyday Shooter won three awards at the

        Independent Gaming Festival at the 2007 Game Developers Conference.

        Unlike traditional arcade shooters, in Everyday Shooter each on-screen

        interaction is a note, chord, or riff that plays in harmony with each

        level's unique music track. The title is available for PLAYSTATION(R)3

        and will be making its debut for PSP. Download Everyday Shooter for

        PSP from PLAYSTATION Store to your Memory Stick PRO Duo with the

        included voucher.

 

 

    In addition to the new PSP Entertainment Packs, an updated PSP in Piano Black will be available later this year as part of the PSP Core Pack, which includes an AC adaptor and battery pack for $169.99 (MSRP).

 

    About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

    Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation(R) and PS one(R) game console, the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R) Portable) handheld entertainment system, and the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system and its online and network services PLAYSTATION(R) Network and PLAYSTATION(R) Store.

    Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the PSP system and the PS3 system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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