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Revamped PSP's

Sony to Unveil New PSP Version at E3 Expo?

— April 29, 2009 — Tech
With Electronic Entertainment Expo coming up in June in Los Angeles, speculations resurfaced about the new and improved PSP hardware by Sony. For now, it’s unofficial word of the mouth from one of the sources directly involved with the new system.

What is in store for gamers? Revamping hardware will include a d-pad, analog nub and face buttons as part of a sliding unit sticking out below the screen. One of main components UMD (universal media disc) is out. The public was skeptical about it from the get go and the new system options are two SKUs (stock keeping units), with either 8GB or 16 GB of built-in flash memory and without a second analog stick, but remaining with the current control configuration.

If Sony will go official with new PSP news during its E3 press conference, the public should expect the system for release in Japan this September. Its U.S. debut will come around October, or November. Sony stated it "does not comment on rumors or speculation."

With ever growing competition on the electronic gadget market, I am sure we are going to hear about many improvements coming from Sony at next month's expo.
Trend Themes
1. Revamped PSP Hardware - The new PSP hardware with a sliding unit and improved controls presents an opportunity for disruptive innovation in portable gaming.
2. Removal of UMD - The elimination of UMD as a component in the new PSP opens up possibilities for disruptive innovation in digital game distribution.
3. Built-in Flash Memory - The inclusion of 8GB or 16GB of built-in flash memory in the new PSP creates an opportunity for disruptive innovation in portable game storage.
Industry Implications
1. Gaming - The gaming industry can capitalize on the release of the new PSP hardware and explore innovative game designs to make use of its improved features.
2. Digital Distribution Platforms - The removal of UMD in the new PSP presents a disruptive innovation opportunity for digital distribution platforms to offer a seamless and convenient way to access games.
3. Flash Memory Manufacturing - The inclusion of built-in flash memory in the new PSP creates a market opportunity for flash memory manufacturers to meet the increased demand for portable game storage.
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