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Sony to release new PSP

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Sony has announced that they will be releasing a new version of the handheld gaming system PSP. Although the original PSP and subsequent PSPGo didn’t do too well in the markets, the new model is called the PSP E-1000 and will be released at a much lower price.

Sony's new PSP, the model E-1000 (image: Eurogamer)

It was also announced that it will be available in a matte charcoal finish, and although it doesn’t have a wi-fi connection, users will still be able to download games from the PlayStation Store through Media Go.

Although no release date has been given, it is expected to go on sale by late September.

As for PlayStation’s Vita handheld console, the maker has confirmed that they hadn’t halved the RAM in the console, contrary to various media reports, suggesting that Sony had to cut down on costs.

“A spec sheet that went out today detailing the handheld’s social networking support also offered up a few technical specs, including confirmation that the system has 512MB of RAM and 128MB of dedicated VRAM,” Eurogamer wrote.

The PlayStation Vita will be available in early 2012 and will retail for about €249.99.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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