Ok, so I think we can officially stop making fun of Nintendo for their hardware revisions (GameBoy Advance –> GBA SP –> GB Micro, DS –> DS Lite) and crown Sony as the new kings of the revisionary step forward. Coming next year Sony is going to release the fourth revision of the PSP hardware, according to an article that appeared on Eurogamer. The article also statest that a PSP successor is in the works and that software development is already in progress. Here’s a quote from the article itself:
Publishing sources, speaking to Eurogamer, were unable to provide any further detail on next year’s update, which will presumably follow this year’s PSP-3000 in taking an iterative approach. The PSP-3000 launched this October and followed a 2000-series model, the first Slim & Lite, in September 2007.
Even fewer details were available on the PSP successor, but we’re told that developers are already working on games.
I think the PSP needs to start getting some good games, and it needs to happen quickly. I know that piracy is a big issue on the system and developers are shying away from allocating a lot of resources there, but Sony can go a long way toward proving the handheld’s worth by increasing their software output. I really, really, want to love my PSP, but the truth of the matter is that I don’t play it very much because there isn’t a whole lot to experience on the handheld these days. The PSP does sell well, so it’s got a future, but the software issue needs to get fixed immediately. I would think that that would be a bigger priority than another hardware revision at this point.