New budget-line PSP model coming to Europe only

[Update] Gamescom 2011: Sony uses press briefing to reveal new handheld redesign bearing 99 euro price, no Wi-Fi; exec confirms no North American launch planned.

During Sony's Gamescom 2011 press briefing today, newly named Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president and CEO Jim Ryan revealed that the company plans to continue support of the original PSP with a brand-new model of the handheld device.

If the price is right…

Citing the success of its budget-priced PSP Essentials lineup, Ryan said this new PSP model will mimic that philosophy and come priced at an affordable €99 ($143). However, that price does not come without a few sacrifices; this new model will not carry the Wi-Fi capabilities of its PSP brethren. Cosmetically, the hardware looks slightly different, but it retains the same functionality of other PSP models.

No specific release date was given for the new PSP model. John Koller, director of hardware marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, also confirmed with GameSpot that the new PSP is a European-only release, adding "[Sony] is not launching that in North America." Sony expects to launch the PSP's successor, the PlayStation Vita, in Japan this year, with a Western rollout slated for early 2012.

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59 comments
slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

That does mean that some of the games on psp do become useless as they are bought for the multiplayer only, also how do you get updates for those people who do not have easy access to a computer. this new psp model is not needed as most people that want a psp have one, just think of it as a psp go with UMD and less features

ronxfighter
ronxfighter

NO WIFI .....this means no multiplayer gaming.....its useless

Neophyte555
Neophyte555

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packtop
packtop

@nice2400 true but don't know if it's the same everywhere but here in Canada getting UMD game start to be a real pain because of all the hackers big shop like Gamestop and Bestbuy still sell them but small shop have really few of them now. And because of that everyone go to the bigger shop and when i go there half the time the game i want is all sold specially the most popular games.

laxkeep999
laxkeep999

I wonder if that means the battery life is improved a biiiit

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Interesting considering Vita isn't that far off. To be honest, I still have my original PSP...

nice2400
nice2400

i want the new psp cause i umds r way better than downloading games

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

"at an affordable €99 ($143)" ... $143 is budget priced? Just looked on gamestop website and found new 3000 model for $129.99.

phatbomber
phatbomber

atleast all the useless stuff when out da wondow lol

phatbomber
phatbomber

who cares bring that new vita i have my psp for 4 years working fine i just wish there were way more games that grrrr not JAPANESE .......sorrie im just a big rpg fan hehe

vallan2
vallan2

Nintendo should redesign the DS to compete with the new PSP ...oh wait...

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

The Vita would be a more worthwhile purchase in the long run. Next thing you know they'll be redesigning the GBA...

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Not every country in Europe uses the Euro. I wish they'd include the price in pounds in these stories.

jamesh-42
jamesh-42

@DanielL5583: presumably the new model still has USB, so you'd be able to transfer games to it via a PS3 or a PC running Media Go.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@FallenOneX Us Europeans won't be able to get games such Shin Megami Tensei: Persona since it's a PS Store exclusive over here.

mooooo99
mooooo99

sounds pretty cool, i already have a pspgo though. might have to pick one up anyway..

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

Does no Wi-Fi mean that remote play won't work?

mutley89
mutley89

At first I thought this was going to be a psp go without WI-fI, I was like 'how the hell will that work??' lol

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

The last thing I use my PSP for is browsing the web. So kudos to Sony for taking this move. Its a sound idea to continue support for the PSP and UMD.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

So a europe only version of PSP. I guess the PSP has done very well in Europe then, if it is a Europe only edition PSP 4000. But no wifi? in this PSP. I guess Sony learned that people didn't use it there. Plus 71 Million of PSP sold wordwide and count 5 revisions. Europe must be the king of PSP then. For 99 of their currency. This will help sales over there. So they made it look like the PSvita sort of. Just a new case for the PSP. (without wifi)

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Why in the hell would they release a system with no WiFi? IMHO, this is an open platform for people that want to play pirated games/emulators, with NO fear of ever being found out. Considering what they did to importers that did business in that region, i think it's a stupid move. I guess the situation isn't that bad in Europe.......

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Trust me, as someone who has worked in the service industry people are that tight when it comes to purchases and that small price difference is going to attract a lot of people to the PSP brand. This model is not for the hardcore or technological obessed. It's for the casual and cheap. But Wi-Fi or no Wi-Fi you can still transfer Playstation Store purchases to the PSP from a PS3 or a PC via Media Go.

MemberUnknown
MemberUnknown

I don't know what is going on inside Sony, and a part of me does not want to find out.

dwoop
dwoop

So what again, is the reason so many people support Sony so much...this isn't the first time they've released other "editions" overseas only, ie, ps2 colors, slim editions...I'm happy with Microsoft and sold my last PS2 just last week and now even happier I did!!

axlroselm
axlroselm

What the hell is this? I think the main point of price drop is to provide the incentive for reluctant or poor customers to buy a same product for a lower price! not to cut one of the most essential features of a product and then sell it in a lower price. This PSP looks like car without tires, and Hey!!! they sell it at a lower price!!!

Climaxz
Climaxz

So PSP without the Store O_o. Looks like Sony are just using this as an excuse to keep there PSP GO/3000 prices the same.

airsoftmanic
airsoftmanic

so essentially they are releasing a PSP without an essential feature (come on, Wi-Fi? even my toaster has Wi-Fi these days) and its only £20 less than new PSP lite? yeah.....way to go sony.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

Hmm...to me this model looks like that one guy who shows up late to the surprise party. You know, the one no one really invited but he walks in anyways, causing everybody to jump out and yell surprise only to realize it's not the cool, loveable person they were expecting (Vita), rather that individual's unpopular, cheap **** of a fourth cousin showing up for free cake.

phoenix729
phoenix729

The hell is this?! Honestly, I'm not sure whats going on at sony but they've got some kind of schizophrenic dual personality stuff going on over there! By and large, everythings going fine then suddenly Bam! psp go with no UMD support forcing everyone to redownload all their games at full price. Then Bam! psp phone with all the functionality of a regular qwerty phone except no keyboard for all the extra bulk. And now this? internetless psp3000 right before the launch of their new console, only in europe. Someone hasn't been taking their anti crazy pills again. Why not save the R&D costs of this project and cut the price of the existing psp3000 model to £110 or there abouts? @glhx1rush at least nintendo generally ADD things to their updated models, this is the first I've seen of a newer console model with LESS features.

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

This doesn't bode well for whoever Sony thinks the Vita target market is. It's like they *know* $250 is still too high for mass adoption, so they're hedging their bets on lower-end, cheaper hardware. But then again, what do I know: I'd just save the money, and wait to buy a Vita. Silly me. On the other hand ... with no wi-fi, how does it perform system updates? If (when) this one gets hacked, it seems like they'd never be able to patch it.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@got_ice_tea Sony lost money on the PS3 in fact Sony hasnt made a profit in eight years.

got_ice_tea
got_ice_tea

No WI-FI = no point in having one Sony are gonna kill them self's sooner or later shame as thy must of made so much selling the ps3

SilverSignal
SilverSignal

Some of these comments posted are hilarious. Are you people really that sensitive when a company releases a new piece of tech? Couple this with the huge library of UMD games available and this is a great idea. I want one anyway.

pencru
pencru

...Someone please explain why there was a sudden need to release a continent-exclusive handheld that's been watered down a few months before the release of their next generation of portable entertainment (no pun intended.) I don't hate Sony, but this is a bad move in between a bunch of their good ones.

shaks101
shaks101

No WiFi? Another model? Am I going insane!? Just stop Sony, stop right now. Concentrate on making the Vita something to be proud of..geez.

iArtisan
iArtisan

A brand new model? Really, Sony?

zzamaro
zzamaro

@Nathalmighty1 @Loegi DLing stuff from the PSP is ridiculous slow. DLing stuff on the PS3 and Media Go is much faster and better, no worries about any connection errors.

mrsanad97
mrsanad97

Is it just me or does it look horrible? :s

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

Surely wifi doesn't cost that much to put in a device

DaNubianPryns
DaNubianPryns

Why are they releasing a new PSP version with Vita around the corner? Either Sony is really smart or this is a bad omen for the Vita already. I hope they are just really smart.

loopy_101
loopy_101

So long as the UMD reading errors are fixed, I'll happily buy a new PSP.

Nathalmighty1
Nathalmighty1

Ive had a psp for years and Ive only used wi fi on it once. For the ps store i use my ps3 so there is no need for wi fi in my oppinion

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

I expect this kind of stupidity from Nintendo, but not Sony. How about saving some money on tooling for this new model of an old model, and rolling those savings into cutting the price of the VitaVistaVegamite, or whatever absolutely stupid name you can come up with next for the PSP2. Let me guess, the name of the PSP3 will be "The Vag".....

Loegi
Loegi

@suprsolider Hook it up to a pc with media go. You now have PS store. I actually believe this is a smart idea, pump up the sales before the vita comes.