Patent hints at PSP redesign

Filing with USPTO raises possibility of a new, screen-swiveling portable from Sony.

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Last March, a rumor surfaced from a PSP in Education event hinting at a PlayStation Portable redesign. One of the more perplexing tidbits offered up by Sony Computer Entertainment UK managing director Ray Maguire was that despite being smaller and lighter, one of the PSP's most attractive elements, its screen, would emerge from the slimming unscathed. Some light has been shed on how Sony might pull this feat off in a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which was updated last week.

Sony's screen swiveler.

In question is a patent for Sony's much-speculated-upon mobile-communication-equipped PSP, which details a way to switch between gaming functionality and phone functionality on the fly. According to a diagram (pictured) accompanying the patent, which was first filed last November, this is done by rotating the screen and a portion of the face buttons 90 degrees. The system would be equipped with a sensor that could detect the position of the screen, which in turn would determine the handheld's video output. The patent also details a third position for the screen, which would control TV and video function.

While promising, the patent is not concrete proof that a new PSP is being made, since many prospective designs are registered but never put into production. However, in May, Sony announced it would be joining with UK telecom service provider BT to bring wireless broadband communication to the PSP. Such a service would allow for voice and video calls, as well as text messaging, by integrating BT products into the PSP.

Discussion

428 comments
Rj_Hutch
Rj_Hutch

that design is digustinggg... i agree with arnoldarm, psp2 would be sick like that!

forgiven_beast
forgiven_beast

Well i have read all the comments and just judging from thier comments I tink the psp lite is gonna suck although it will have improved loading times,tv imput,3.60 firmware,better gaming experience,lengthened battery life,more effective speakers,a PS logo,speakers,a stick,a dpad,youtube and wikipedia,it will still suck

spedinc
spedinc

if it was only a bit slimmer.. it would be king ****

mosE_D
mosE_D

Sony wants to put as many things as they can into it! Guys is not a car!!! The present PSP is great. Leave it the way it is!

ub3132
ub3132

they should show a chart of compaing

miningguy
miningguy

i think this would work better with a dual slider

hobotech64
hobotech64

I don't care if it makes toast, just fix the controller!

Zeppolie
Zeppolie

Now honestly y don't they just add t-vo to the psp also i mean they'r gonna have everything else.

Panzer88mm
Panzer88mm

Thats ok, I grew out of pokemon years ago

lil-maxy
lil-maxy

If the psp is going to be this big then there will be no point of buying it because i dont think it will be able to fit in peoples pockets.

Panzer88mm
Panzer88mm

What would be sweet is if the screen was a touch screen and it detached to become a more portable music/video player. That way you wouldn't have a bulky psp to carry around. Think about it. Make it happen sony.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

That looks way worse than the first N-gage.

ElmorePOW
ElmorePOW

Hmm, there is nothing wrong with PSP's controls, maybe they won't suit to FPS-games, but I don't think they are at their best at PSP anyways. Playing MGS: PO, those controls are just perfect. You forget one thing - making analog stick for portable console is achievement of it's own. And, if you compare the screensize and the graphics PSP produces to the amount of battery life - it's really astonishing piece of hardware. And, they really packed that into a smallest possible package already. Most of the people should play PSP, I mean not try, but play - before they open their mouth. As somebody already said, don't fix it if it's not broken.

ElmorePOW
ElmorePOW

Hey! First time I don't care if it's a PSP redesign, cause if it's that kind of redesign - I don't wan't it! I love my original, without any tilting screens and stuff! Go PSP, I love you.

Pr3curs0r0fwar
Pr3curs0r0fwar

I think they might as well add a blender to the thing to that way wile im talking and playing a game I can make a delicious smoothie too... idiots

X-7
X-7

I just bought a PSP. They better not make a PSP2 that plays PSP2 games. Cause that would get me POed. :twisted:

mushi799
mushi799

sony doesnt need better graphics for its psp. The currently psp is lightyears ahead than the DS in terms of graphics, but that isn't the problem for sony.

Techno_Burn
Techno_Burn

You know what the problem is? Sony actually DOES listen to what the people want. Then they do something completely different. It's almost like almost like the boss just looks at what everyone wants and says "Fukk'em, we're Sony! We don't NEED another analog stick! That's for normal, common people!" Then they probably apply this to everything. "Pah! Trousers are for common people! We're Sony! We don't NEED clothes!"

Chief_Mendez
Chief_Mendez

Sony should really be working on a completely new PSP, smaller, lighter, sleeker, better graphics, two analogs,more game exclusives, etc. You know, a PSP 2. Not a dumb looking swiveling PSP. Or just make a smaller, sleeker and lighter one with two analogs if they can't make a PSP2. Sony needs to step up with its gaming products.

neuromancer123
neuromancer123

lets put a swivel screen on our psp instead of a 2nd analog stick that would make games actually worth playing on our system!!! no wonder sony lost 4 billion last year, morons...

AceCometh
AceCometh

I don't like sounding cliche, but as the saying goes 'if it's not broke, don't fix it'. While the joystick on the PSP is useless, everything else about it works great! The R&D department needs to leave the system alone and focus on getting more exclusives on the market. All the PS2 ports really suck.

nate64
nate64

well i'm just gonna be honest. if sony is making it part phone this is really more focused on the non-gamer. someone who wants a new phone and why not get the cool one that plays psp games. and for anybody that is a gamer then you can just keep the original design. sony just wants to make more money.

StiltBros
StiltBros

im pretty sure thats not how its going to look, because if u look closely at the design the way that the screen flips is completely pointless and only makes the machine itself look terrible. as for the whole games issue, there are good games out there. -Viewtiful Joe Red hot rumble (4 player gamesharing) -Medal of honor heroes (32 player online) -Untold legends (Diablo style dungeon crawling) -Tekken Dark Ressurection (who doesnt like tekken?) -apparently socom (not one of my favorites ill admit) -test drive unlimited -grand theft auto later on u got god of war, alien syndrome, oblivion, so there are games out there that are good, however i do agree in the fact that they need to get psp Exclusives

funkporker
funkporker

Well. judging by almost every comment I've read, this is going to be a major flop. Personally I have a PSP and after I got an mp3 player it's sat in my drawer for a year. All in all THEY NEED BETTER GAMES. Look at the facts, games sell systems, not extra features.

DJ_Lae
DJ_Lae

I don't like it. Needs more sidetalkin'.

Spooky_Otaku
Spooky_Otaku

This has nothing to do with a PSP redesign it is strictly a phone...get your facts straight!

NWA_31
NWA_31

Video calls and text messaging are cool, but how about some GAMES ??

betabp
betabp

Cool! The world totally needs another Zodiac/Gizmodo/N-Gage!

JoshWolf
JoshWolf

Isn't that the Sony Mylo?

AgileNate
AgileNate

For a PSP 2, I think Sony needs to put games WAY ahead of media capabilities, as of now thats not what they have in mind.

Blk-Gnome
Blk-Gnome

The PSP needs a lot of things...this isn't one of them. First work on getting your system to sell and off the shelves. even now last week i had to hunt for a Nintendo DS lite...and its way past when it came out.

SocaWarrior
SocaWarrior

A better design would be to have it look the same as now, except have the right side swivel, all the way behind so it looks like a pda... Thats what I thought this was, then I looked at the full picture, and it does suck balls

V-Nine
V-Nine

Sony is really pulling out all the stops to totally mess themselves.

unclejohn0525
unclejohn0525

Keep it up, Sony! Doing great with your handheld gaming branch as it is!! *sarcasm*

Panzer88mm
Panzer88mm

I think a PSP2 is in the works but I doubt it would look like that. Or even have any phone features. If sony learns from it's mistakes (Please learn from your mistakes) a phone should be optional. But I do think sony has something up their sleeves. For one Sony has sent surveys about what people like and don't like about the psp. I think it's likely it will happen, but I hope sony waits. The market isn't ready for the next psp yet. Lets see how the current one does after the holidays, when games like god of war come out. The psp still has potential, I'd hate to see it destroyed by making a new one to soon. But their are ton's of rumors about a new psp, and if the features they have come true, I can't wait. Just do it right sony!

rety5
rety5

OK the psp is already making losses due to the fiddly control scheme and they decide that the cure to it is a phone function? I seriously think that the rumours of SONY having to drop the playstation branch because of bad business are going to come true if this keeps up!

compu_brain
compu_brain

Another reason to buy a PSP without any gaming improvement...

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

Man, that swiveler looks uh-gley.

9344891
9344891

If this is It SONY Srewed up again.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Ew. That looks ugly :? Just make a redesigned PSP with 2 thumbsticks which are better than the current one.....

DrKill09
DrKill09

Ewww... that looks like a turd. Keep it the way it is, just get some more good games on it, please.

icemancell
icemancell

just give us a PSPlite, psp is great, just make it smaller and lighter

freakmanultra
freakmanultra

how much useless junk can one company make? Oh yeah its sony.