The PSP is, in our opinion, the closest you can get to next-gen gaming in a hand-held device. In the same way that the Xbox 360 and PS3 are designed for hardcore gamers while the Nintendo Wii is aimed more at the pick up and play type market, we firmly believe that the PSP is the handheld of choice for serious gaming and the DS is designed for more innovative and even quirky gaming. With that said, we were also slightly disappointed by the “upgrade” that the PSP got with the release of the latest version, the PSP 3000.
Well, as is the case pretty much all year round but especially in the build up to the E3 exhibition that starts in June, rumours are abound that the next generation of PSP will offer greater improvements and more innovation over its predecessors. Specifically, it is set to offer a larger screen than the 3000 and, at the same time, will also sport slide out controls. Other rumours include the fact that the UMD Game Drive will be dropped in preference for downloading games via WiFi or bluetooth which could also mean greater online possibilities.
In turn, the change over to DLC (Downloadable Content) is going to require extra hard drive space and so the new version is expected in 8GB and 16GB flavours with the possibility of an uber 32GB version also on the horizon. Possibly touch screen… potentially have a camera… and may have a screen resolution of 800 x 480… these are also other possible rumours along with the fact that the name will be PSP Go rather than PSP 4000 – the current name used internally within Sony. However, nothing has yet been confirmed so keep your eyes open and your ears… erm… to the ground?