New details--and video--of the updated PSP

Sony provides the final details on availability for the slimmed-down PSP--and delivers a video walk-through of the new portable gaming device.


Just a few short weeks after its first public unveiling at the Santa Monica E3 show, the newly slimmed-down Sony PSP was on display for New York media. We already knew the basic details of the PSP redesign (thinner, lighter, sleeker, faster), but Sony's John Koller, Senior Product Manager for the PSP, was kind enough to give us an on-camera summary of the updates. Executive Editor David Carnoy is handling the camera, an RCA Small Wonder EZ201--he's the one you hear asking the questions offscreen, and you can even see him reflected in the PSP screen at certain times.

In addition to the walk-through, Sony was able to confirm some final details about the new PSP. The silver version will hit stores on September 10, as part of the $200 "Daxter PSP Entertainment Pack" (bundled with the Daxter game, Family Guy: Freakin' Sweet Collection UMD video, and 1GB Memory Stick Pro). That will be followed in "late September" by the black PSP Core Pack ($169, no extras), as well as a Star Wars-themed limited collector's edition ceramic white PSP on October 9 (silk-screened image of Darth Vader on the unit's backside, plus Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron). The video output cables, which allow PSP games and videos to be displayed on connected TVs, will be available on September 10 as well, with composite and component versions going for $20 apiece. Additional accessories, such as a new headphone remote and battery charger, will follow soon after.

We'll have a full review of the new PSP early in September, but--with the exception of some hands-on battery drain tests--it looks like we pretty much know all the major bullet points. In the meantime, anyone looking to buy a PSP should definitely wait a few weeks until the redesigned model hits stores.

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John P. Falcone is the executive editor of CNET Reviews, where he coordinates a group of more than 20 editors and writers based in New York and San Francisco as they cover the latest and greatest products in consumer technology. He's been a CNET editor since 2003.

 

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