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Source: PSP-4000 has sliding screen, is “complete aesthetic overhaul”

Monday, 23 February 2009 09:09 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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VG247 has learned that PSP-4000 does have a sliding front-screen, with a highly-trusted source confirming fresh details on the unannounced machine this morning.

PSP-4000 is not PSP2, but rather a “complete aesthetic overhaul” based on existing PSP tech.

Much is now known by some parties of the console, which will be announced at either GDC or E3 this year, but cards are currently being clutched very tightly to chests.

The revamp does have a sliding front-screen, and we’re assured the design being currently touted isn’t a million miles away from this now-infamous image.

Eurogamer rumoured PSP-4000 for a 2009 release in December last year, and our source confirmed this to be the case today.

Sony has constantly denied PSP2 is in the works: now you know why.

Rumour? This is not a test, Ringo. Comprendez vous?

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41 Comments

  1. lelik

    that thing looks amazing

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    For some reason that picture reminds me of my GBA SP.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    Ditch the UMD, include a HDD or decent amount of solid state and make everything downloadable. That’s what I want.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    I think it’s going to be the same machine with new “features”. I’d expect the disc to stay.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. rauper

    Nah, the disc is a goner…

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    Is there an HD? I think my “source” started sweating a bit when I got specific…

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Blerk

    HD would be too heavy, surely. I’d imagine they’ll just be building in a nice chunk of solid state memory instead.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    Too expensive too, innit. And Sony’s makes lots of lovely flash cards anyway.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Where did that image actually come from, btw? I think it’s the first time I’ve seen it.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    It’s been knocking about for a while, I think. Last year, iirc.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Touch screen? :-)

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Michael O'Connor

    “Nah, the disc is a goner…”

    There would be no point in even labelling it is a PSP upgrade (as opposed to a PSP 2) if there were going to remove the UMD drive entirely. No company with an ounce of sense would make a move like that.

    Anyway, this could prove to be interested, if its true. Can’t wait to hear more.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. rainer

    I wonder is touch sensitivity part of the sliding screen approach ? mimicking the apple ipod/iphone touch models for media playback but also some games.

    [I doubt there is any phone parts to it]

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Robo_1

    I’d be very surprised if this had a UMD drive. They may sell it as an optional add on? For PSP2 (1.5) I’m looking for:

    1 – Inbuilt solid state memory
    2 – More portable
    3 – Improved controls
    4 – Touch screen interface
    5 – More games.
    6 – Improved battery life

    The tech doesn’t need improving really, not when it’s stacked against the iPhone and DSi, it still stands at the top end.

    I’ve been going through KZ: Liberation on PSP recently, and I’ve really been enjoying it. The recent dearth of games for the machine has been a real waste, and I hope that 4000 re-ignites interest in developers.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    The UMD has to go sooner or later. The ramp up of PSP titles available through the PSN Store is readily apparent. As is the dwindling shelf space available for the platform in shops. It’s the natural way to go. I’d like to see a lot more “little” titles available this way too. Titles which suit the mobile format better.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah, that pic is really old. I remember seeing it ages ago.

    Anyway, surely with a screen of that size, you would need a near car sized battery to make it keep going long enough to watch a whole film on…?

    #16 6 years ago
  17. El_MUERkO

    the pic used has been confirmed as a non-sony design, it would be awesome if it was something like that

    i ditched my psp for being to awkward to play games on without getting a cramp, maybe they’ll sort it out in the 4000 revision

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Michael O'Connor

    “The UMD has to go sooner or later. The ramp up of PSP titles available through the PSN Store is readily apparent.”

    Downloads are an alternative, but they’re not going to completely replace UMDs. As I already pointed out, completely removing one of the core components of the hardware would defeat the whole point of labelling it as an “upgrade” instead of say, the PSP 2.

    Not only would it isolate existing users from wanting to upgrade, because they won’t be able to use their back catalogue of titles on it, but it would also limit the amount of titles new users users could buy, as they would only be able to purchase the titles that have been put on the store.

    Now, the PSP 2 is a different story. I *could* see that becoming a download /transfer only entertainment device without a disc-drive. But it’s not going to happen with the PSP-1.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. DrDamn

    Yeah the PSP is now particularly well designed for people with big hands like me. I do have a cover made by a company called Black with built in retractable grips which made quite a bit of difference. A more comfy standard design would be nice though.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Gekidami

    /Facepalm
    Thats a fan-made pic…

    http://conceptpop.com/outstanding-psp-2-concept

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Gekidami

    Awaiting moderation… Anywho, yeah that pic is fanmade, i would post the link but i cant.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Psychotext

    Aye. Also, whilst that fanmade pic is easy on the eyes, it wouldn’t be easy on the hands.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Gekidami

    Indeed, very boxy, looks nearly impossible to hold.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Patrick Garratt

    Approved.

    The person I got this from pointed at that image as an illustration of how the slide screen looks.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. G1GAHURTZ

    I was sure that I’d seen it before…

    That pic has been around since at least April last year:

    http://www.thatvideogameblog.com/2008/04/14/wishlist-what-the-next-psp-should-have/

    #25 6 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    I was sure that I’d seen it before…

    That pic has been around since at least April last year:

    http ://www. thatvideogameblog.com/2008/04/14/wishlist-what-the-next-psp-should-have/

    #26 6 years ago
  27. deftangel

    If it looks like that it’s going to cost an arm and a leg!

    #27 6 years ago
  28. ceiltsei

    Of course it will have a UMD slot. Sony has put so much money into UMD and that is where 95% of games are loaded from. The sliding screen idea doesn’t make too much sense to me either, what would it be covering up? If it were to cover up the controls it would be a constant pain in the butt for anybody playing a game. With the huge market of media players I cannot see somebody forking out a big pile of cash for a PSP 4000 for gaming and media when their the media software in the PSP is incredibly outdated, the games are going into the mid 90s Genesis fad phase (good games are released but too few and not often enough) and UMD movies have hit rock bottom.

    I do see the possibility of a hidden keyboard to win the psp vs dsi war soon approaching. If this were the case they would have to change the UI entirely as the current model is not friendly for the ultra-light PC which it would become.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. airdom

    Heh, this thing is gonna cost just about as much as the ps3 by the looks of it haha

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Johnny Cullen

    Woah!

    Dave Perry is saying the PSP 2 wont have a UMD disc drive.

    The link will be in the que so get to it quickly.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Johnny Cullen

    http://vgtribune.com/rumor-shiny-entertainment-founder-says-psp-2-will-not-have-the-stupid-battery-sucking-umd-disc-drive/

    #31 6 years ago
  32. AnotherDigitalJoe

    Sony would not give up on UMD. It is basically the same Mini Disc that they developed for Music before portable MP3 players became common. The plastic case surrounding the disc is the only thing that has changed between the two formats. Sony is not a company that likes to give up on its proprietary formats. It changes them from time to time to make them more consumer friendly but for the most part they will try to reuse the technology that they developed again and again until the Consumer says no more, or someone develops something better.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. chris_huh

    I could understand them wanting to keep the UMD since they have put effort into it. But i think it would be so much better if they left that out and just sold games on memory sticks (m2) and available to download onto an onboard memory. I’m not sure how much more that would cost though. M2 cards are fairly cheap, but probably more than a UMD.

    But that would save on battery life, which would be needed for the touchscreen they really should have in it.

    Also enough buttons to map the ps3′s controls would be nice (ie L2, R2 and an extra analog stick).

    #33 6 years ago
  34. elxr06

    Right now, PSP is stacked as is in features. But nobody is talking about what new games shoudl come out.

    Who cares what format games come in, whether UMD is being axed with PSP-4000. It’s all about the games. That’s the selling point here.

    What games do you want? More FPS? more sports games? Do you want some nintendo games on the PSP? The console may be advanced and look good but if you have nothing good to use for it, then it’s crap!

    #34 6 years ago
  35. R-TEEi

    Hey SONY! That look like crap, how do you expect anyone to hold that thang,I hope you compare it to the slim style and see how much better that look than this. I mean come ON! I am looking forword to buy one of the best console game ever made “PSP 4000,” I definitely won’t buy that if that is what you guys think is great. Is kinda like trash to me.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. R-TEEi

    I hope that it had a much better look. I can guarantee that their will be at least twice as much people who will buy the old good looking style than the one on the that you think you will be making.

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Gekidami

    Thats a fan concept…

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Syrok

    Hey R-TEEi! That is just a mockup.

    ;)

    #38 6 years ago
  39. PSP-4000.org

    There is yet another controversy with some sites claiming that the Sony PSP-4000 will altogether be a different thing in the market than what is expected from it. It will not be the same in the lineage of PSP-3000

    #39 6 years ago
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