PSP Gets New LCD Screen and Built-in Microphone This Fall

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Even though the PSP-2000 isn’t that old, rumors had been swirling of late that maybe another updated PSP was on the way. Turns out those rumors were accurate with Sony today announcing the PSP-3000, an enhanced model that adds a new LCD screen featuring a “wider color gamut and anti-reflection technology” and a built-in microphone for multiplayer game chatting and Skype use right out of the box. And these features are built upon the slimmed down form factor of the PSP-2000, just so you know.

The PSP-3000 will be available in North America by year’s end in three SKUs, including two bundles and a standalone pack. On October 14th it’ll make its debut appearance in “Mystic Silver” as part of the Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters Entertainment Pack announced at E3. Then in November it’ll ship in standard Piano Black as part of a brand new 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack, which if you couldn’t guess already will include a massive 4GB Memory Stick. And finally, on an undisclosed date “later this year” the PSP-3000 will be included as the new standard in all standalone PSP Core Packs.

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As for pricing, it’s the same as always. The two bundles will cost you $200 and the Core Pack $170. Full content listings for both bundles are available after the break.

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

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.

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