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PSP-4000 Due This Year?

Retailer Geo seems to think so.

Rumors of a new PSP were hot and thick like southern style gravy before Sony began its most recent E3 press briefing, but as you might have noted, nothing as pyrotechnic as a new handheld was unveiled. Regardless, the non-announcement hasn't spelled the end to new hardware whispers. And the fact that a Japanese retailer (via MTV Multiplayer) has listed a new PSP handheld isn't helping matters.

Retailer Geo has listed a PSP-4000 model for 2010, providing no detail. But one can gather from the name that the device will use UMDs, perhaps signaling that the PSPGo all-digital revolution is beginning to end with a whimper despite recent pushes. 
  

Not a PSP-4000. 

It's possible that Geo has it wrong--the retailer might have listed the device in some sort of horrible error. As Siliconera notes, Geo also has the Nintendo 3DS pegged as a 2010-bound device, which might or might not be incorrect. Reggie Fils-Aime, at least, doesn't believe the Nintendo handheld will hit stands until 2011. There's also the fact that Geo has Pokemon: Black/White's release date apparently wrong, too.

Looking for a new PSP? I'm currently in Tennessee right now and enjoying my iPad on the road as opposed to my PSPgo. Funny story: I actually forgot that I even owned that PSPgo until I started packing boxes in preparation for my current cross-country adventure. Considering this, I don't think a PSP-4000 is in my future.     
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Posted by BradNicholson

Rumors of a new PSP were hot and thick like southern style gravy before Sony began its most recent E3 press briefing, but as you might have noted, nothing as pyrotechnic as a new handheld was unveiled. Regardless, the non-announcement hasn't spelled the end to new hardware whispers. And the fact that a Japanese retailer (via MTV Multiplayer) has listed a new PSP handheld isn't helping matters.

Retailer Geo has listed a PSP-4000 model for 2010, providing no detail. But one can gather from the name that the device will use UMDs, perhaps signaling that the PSPGo all-digital revolution is beginning to end with a whimper despite recent pushes. 
  

Not a PSP-4000. 

It's possible that Geo has it wrong--the retailer might have listed the device in some sort of horrible error. As Siliconera notes, Geo also has the Nintendo 3DS pegged as a 2010-bound device, which might or might not be incorrect. Reggie Fils-Aime, at least, doesn't believe the Nintendo handheld will hit stands until 2011. There's also the fact that Geo has Pokemon: Black/White's release date apparently wrong, too.

Looking for a new PSP? I'm currently in Tennessee right now and enjoying my iPad on the road as opposed to my PSPgo. Funny story: I actually forgot that I even owned that PSPgo until I started packing boxes in preparation for my current cross-country adventure. Considering this, I don't think a PSP-4000 is in my future.     
Posted by JMartNWA

Nice

Posted by HolyCrapItsAdam

second

Posted by JMartNWA

Is there a quest for being first?  I'm still much more excited about the 3DS than any Sony handheld at this point.

Posted by ChristianCastillo

Geo is fucking with us :/

Posted by zudthespud

I'm going to hold out for the PSP 2, even if it never comes. My PSP 1000 does what I want a PSP to do, when I want it.

Posted by Gmanall

I wants a PSP2 sooo bad......And that is why I thought the Sony press confrence sucked....

Posted by W0lfbl1tzers
@JMartNWA: I believe it's only for videos
Posted by MysteriousBob

Posting random rumours as news? Oh, its you again. 
 
I'm also not surprised that new Brad bought a god damn iPad.

Posted by AgentJ
@zudthespud said:
" I'm going to hold out for the PSP 2, even if it never comes. My PSP 1000 does what I want a PSP to do, when I want it. "
Posted by MaFoLu
@MysteriousBob said:
" Posting random rumours as news? Oh, its you again.  I'm also not surprised that new Brad bought a god damn iPad. "
What's wrong with buying an iPad?
Posted by Jayzilla
@JMartNWA: really bro? "nice"? what in this article is nice? it's about a platform that is about to be completely useless when the 3DS comes out. 
Posted by MisterMouse

I wonder how sony is going to make the PSP 4000 amazing! oh and they still need great games.

Edited by AgentJ
@pyromaster222 said:

" I wonder how sony is going to make the PSP 4000 amazing! oh and they still need great games. "

Who needs games when you have a sassy teen spokesman? 
  
Posted by Faint

how about ditching the psp entirely and starting out with a fresh, more accessible psp2 hand-held? i haven't played mine since the year it launched and find the controls to be tedious at best with the one analog stick (which only works on say, 3ds because you will be using the touch pen with the other hand... though psp SHOULD have 2). if the 3ds launches later this year they'll be in even more strife than they already are with the regular ds killing them in sales.

Posted by Beforet

Wouldn't it be smarter to just start developing a PSP2?

Posted by paulunga
@pyromaster222:  There are plenty good PSP games for people don't have a PSP yet (like myself). I'm already planning what 20 games I'll get first once I buy my PSP-3000.
Posted by AgentJ
@Faint: @Beforet: My theory is that the PSP has been a failure financially, (the specs of the original PSP were pretty high for their time, especially when compared to the price it sold for) so they're trying to wring every cent they can out of the division before they develop something new. Its the only reason why holding off on a PSP2 would make any sense, at least the way I see it. 
Posted by CowsWithGuns

i don't get it.  Why doesn't sony create New hardware as a proper upgrade to the psp hardware. How are they possibly boosting sales by making different scews of psp hardware.

Posted by TripMasterMunky

This story has a lot of maybes, possibly-s, coulds, he-said-she-saids, and rumors. Which leaves me not caring.

Posted by KinjiroSSD

Nice alittle jab at the PSPgo at the end there. Classy news reporting.

Posted by zonerover

Somehow I don't think so, although I'm assuming that PSP-4000 represents another redesign. If its a completely new PSP2, then having an announcement and a release before the end of the year seems more plausable, although still unlikely. I think I'll tip something to happen on this front in 2011.

Posted by MisterMouse
@paulunga: I have had my PSP for a while and the amount of games I have boughten has really slowed down there just isnt anything new and exciting on the platform. Nothing seems to be pushing the boundaries.
Posted by spiceninja
@KinjiroSSD said:
" Nice alittle jab at the PSPgo at the end there. Classy news reporting. "
Yeah, that wasn't a jab. It was a personal experience.
Edited by 234r2we232
HER NAME'S SONY
 
Subscription fees for demos, a Wii controller, and news of a new PSP?
 
Where can I sign up to this beautiful company?

@MysteriousBob

said:

" Posting random rumours as news? Oh, its you again.  I'm also not surprised that new Brad bought a god damn iPad. "

Wipe away those tears, young man. It's just an article.
Edited by ghostNPC

Can't we go to kotaku for this rumor news junkfood? Why do we need to see it here too?

Edited by MrKlorox

So... they're releasing a hackable Go since PSP doesn't sell without homebrew.

Posted by RankRabbit

Who needs a PSP-4000 when I can get a PSP 2 with all new, and original, no glasses 3D capabilities! Oh, wait, that's not true?

Posted by ZanzibarBreeze

This isn't the reboot they need.

Posted by TooWalrus

If the Nintendo 3DS comes out in 2010 (in the US nation) I'll suck Geo's cock, for free.

Posted by immike

If the PSP 4000 looked like the go and played UMDs, i'd buy it fairly quickly. 

Posted by ShaunassNZ

You may have stolen the PSPgo of yours.

Posted by GozerTC

PSP What?  :)  
 
Yeah stick with your iPad you're better off.   :)  
Posted by Cramsy
@sofacitysweetheart said:
@MysteriousBob
said:

" Posting random rumours as news? Oh, its you again.  I'm also not surprised that new Brad bought a god damn iPad. "

Wipe away those tears, young man. It's just an article. "
Edited by zityz

Watch, the psp-4000 will have "3d" and sony will caim they've been working on it for about 3 years now.Also they replaced the analog nub with a "slide pad"
Posted by Chris2KLee

I expect a minimal update on the PSP Slim, if anything.

Posted by JJOR64

I will most likely pass on it like I did with the PSP 3000.

Edited by illmatic19
@CowsWithGuns said:

" i don't get it.  Why doesn't sony create New hardware as a proper upgrade to the psp hardware. How are they possibly boosting sales by making different scews of psp hardware. "

Because Japanese people are crazy.
Posted by krazy_kyle

STOP ROLLING OUT NEW CONSOLES EVERY 5 MINUTES!!!!
Posted by holabendez

I preferred the days when Giant Bomb reported on more substantial news rather than filling space with rumours and speculation. Dilutes the quality of the editorial content of the website. 
 
This is not news.

Posted by Rolento
Brad, I'm impressed that you could type out that last paragraph whilst simultaneously fellating Steve Jobs.  That's some impressive coordination.
 
 
@CowsWithGuns
said:
" i don't get it.  Why doesn't sony create New hardware as a proper upgrade to the psp hardware. How are they possibly boosting sales by making different scews of psp hardware. "
It's a SKU.  As in Stock Keeping Unit. 
Just sayin' 
Posted by DarthB

I own all current systems except a PSP, so I kind of want one now to complete my set.  I've seen them on sale recently for $150 for a PSP-3000 which looks better than the go and cheaper of course.  And there are enough games that I could find pretty cheap either as download of UMD.  I think the go is kind of a waste, can't get cheap umd's to play and I don't like very many of my gadgets to have sliders like the go.  I'd rather it flip open like my ds, but that wouldn't work with the psp.

Posted by AmericanNinja
@KinjiroSSD said:
" Nice alittle jab at the PSPgo at the end there. Classy news reporting. "
yeah, thats just sad.
Posted by Mabui

In the new commercials, he isn't even playing a PSPgo.

Posted by Frostler

They seriously just need to start over, they've lost the handheld race with the current psp. Nintendo's moving on to the next best thing sony needs to do the same.

Posted by wavegoodbye
@AgentJ: I'll call. 
Posted by mr_shoeless
@holabendez said:
" I preferred the days when Giant Bomb reported on more substantial news rather than filling space with rumours and speculation. Dilutes the quality of the editorial content of the website.  This is not news. "
Posted by Piranesi

Walked into a UK games shop on Saturday and the only person interested in buying a PSP in there wanted a first-gen model for the "homebrew" scene. Sorry but I'm afraid that is your current market Sony ...
Posted by Hef
@AmericanNinja:  Yeah!  How dare he express his opinion!!! BURN HIM!!!
 
But seriously, i love my PSPgo.  Mainly because I lost my Ipod and it's intensely smaller than my launch PSP.  Plus it definitely has more than enough awesome games to be worth owning.  GoW, peacewalker and patapon 2 are among my favourites.
Edited by ProfessorEss

I just got a PSP2000 today fer 50 clams, new.
Between that and my old non-i DS I'll be good for a while.
 
...I just hope Sony in no way credits the sale to the Marcus campaign.