Between the revitalized energy (and bargain basement price) of the 3DS and the forthcoming hardcore gloriousness of the Vita, you might be forgiven to think that the PSP was dead, or at least struggling on life support ever since the disaster that was the PSP Go. Sony just doesn’t happen to agree with you, and to prove the fact they are gearing up for the release of a new model of PSP, aimed we learned today, at the younger market.
Of course supporting multiple generations of hardware is nothing new to Sony, who in the early years of the PlayStation 3’s life managed to cultivate some further revenue by positioning the PS2 as a cheaper option for children who were new to gaming or perhaps didn’t crave the HD thrills of Heavenly Sword or Motorstorm. Indeed any youngsters looking for a handheld gaming device could be very happy with an original PSP as its graphics still impress when compared to the original DS (and also compare reasonably well with the 3DS) at a fraction of the price. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Jim Ryan stated that; “You will see the audience skew younger.”
The PSP E-1000 is so far only due for release in Europe, at a price of €99 (roughly $140) and will play the entire catalogue of UMD games, and despite a lack of wifi it will also be able to handle downloaded titles through the PC Media Go software.