PSP goes blue for Madden

Limited-edition bundle from Sony and EA features latest gridiron sim, metallic blue portable, 1GB memory stick, and multimedia extras; available August 12 for $200.

In the past week, Nintendo has binged on new color reveals for its popular portable the Nintendo DS. On Friday, the hardware maker said that the limited-edition metallic-rose hue first seen as part of a Nintendogs bundle last year would become standard in the US, and earlier today, the publisher added red, turquoise, and green to the European DS palette.

Now, Sony is getting in the color-swap game. The hardware maker said today that it would be dressing up its PlayStation Portable in metallic blue as part of a limited-edition Madden NFL 09 bundle. The Madden NFL 09 PSP Entertainment Pack goes on sale alongside EA's latest annual football sim on August 12, and will retail for $199.99.

In addition to the blue PSP, a copy of Madden NFL 09 for the platform, and a 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, Sony's latest PSP bundle packs in a pair of multimedia extras. Warner Bros. and NFL Films' NFL: In Just One Play will come on a UMD disc, and features interviews and footage from a number of pro athletes, including Chad Johnson, Randy Moss, and Reggie Wayne.

The bundle will also include a voucher to download Beats from the PlayStation Network through the portable's PC hookup. According to Sony, the software uses beat-tracking technology to create gameplay from any song that the player supplies.

EA Tiburon's Madden NFL '09 will also be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, and DS.

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89 comments
starfoxmcleoud
starfoxmcleoud

Wow......the PSP seems to be going the DS route with the colors. Makes me wonder, does anyone have every single color game boy pocket, game boy color, game boy advance, DS, or PSP color released to date?

jimboboklashaur
jimboboklashaur

I thought I was gonna send my black one in to Sony to get a replacement black slim, but hot damn this is a nice looking PSP and it will soon, August 12th to be exact, be mine.

zeeshan810
zeeshan810

Yeah.. PSP NEW COLOUR its about time*** SONY RULEZ :D

Sony_FanBoy
Sony_FanBoy

This is awesome. I'm glad Sony is still doing what they can to keep the PSP a strong system in North America.

necronaux
necronaux

So where's the Indiana Jones orange-brown limited edition kit, with a bull-whip lanyard/wrist strap? Or maybe the Sex and the City pink version? I mean, they already re-released existing colors, but with the addition of a Star Wars logo(s)... Come On... Enough of the especial color limited edition packages! It's only time before the euro colors come to the US. When's the updated (hardware function wise) version due out?

majidok
majidok

Lovely color , nice :)

StillWingless
StillWingless

I love that Sony's becoming more aggressive with the PSP now that the PS3's out. All flaws aside, it's a good little piece of hardware.

Nineball2112
Nineball2112

@ BooBakerBrown - Yeah, I see your point. Everyone has different tastes and what one person thinks is no big deal will leave someone else scratching their head wondering why someone would do that. Hey, if anyone has the extra money and wants all the colors, more power to them! :D And I totally get people wanting to express their individuality. I dunno... I just personally wouldn't have more than one of the same thing (that is that expensive) in more than one color at a time. That doesn't mean that people who do are wrong...

4quarters
4quarters

Stop with the bundles and get the price down to $129.99!!!!!!!!!

trw534
trw534

thats a cool color i would get the psp just cause of that color

x70xchallengerx
x70xchallengerx

WTF why blue!?!?¿ if they made a ferrari red one... that would be sweet wit a big ferrari emblem on the back.... oh, man!! i want one already

legogamesrule
legogamesrule

take it this wont be european (not that im bothered) who carez europe r getting new ds`s from june 13 woop-woop

BooBakerBrown
BooBakerBrown

@ Nineball2112 Why not buy a system in your favorite color. Let's say you live in Oklahoma City & the closest NBA team is the Dallas Mavericks (not really sure if they are but just go along with me). The Seattle Supersonics owner has told the NBA he plans to move his franchise to Oklahoma City. If you live in OK City wouldn't you think you'd prefer to have OK City Sonics gear or Mavericks gear even though you already own Mavericks gear. Most everyone has thier favorite color & will usually try & buy things that fit thier personality. For me, I happen to love the color blue & if something that I enjoy comes along in blue I'll try & pick it up in that color if it's reasonable even though I have something in another color. The PSP came out 3 years ago so if one comes out that best represents my personality or allows me to express my individuality I'll buy it. Back 2+ years ago they came out with a $15,000 special Baby Phat/Phat Farm PSP decked out with diamonds. Or people will put different skins on there systems. Some people will go as far putting a custom paint job on them just to express they're individuality. I'm content with just buying it in my favorite color. There are @least 10/20+ variant colors & limited editions of the PSP in Japan. This would show people would prefer to have uniqueness or whatever fits thier personality like I said earlier. With this Madden bundle will make a 5th color variation (black, white silver, red, & blue)just here in the US not counting the special edition FFVII Crisis Core PSP available via online special order. When the PSP was first shown at the (I don't remember what year it was) E3 they had a black, white, & yellow one displayed instead of the routine black. There's nothing wrong with having a variety to choose from. I just wish they would have done it a lot earlier, but we all know that it was a marketing ploy to refresh the PSP to encourage and or potentially boost sales of Sony's handheld. As far as this being bundled with crap... a "bare bones" black PSP will cost you $170. The bundle, whether how good or crappy it is, comes with @tleast a newly released game, a 1gig memory card, umd dvd & another app. Cou could actually flip the game & memory card buy selling it to someone & come out paying less for than if you were to buy the regular black one... & end up with the color you wanted (if ytou like the color blue). Not that bad of a deal if you ask me. You could probably sell your old PSP on Ebay with the stuff bundled with the new PSP & only paying a fraction of the listed $200 price tag. There are different ways you can spin it to your benefit you just have to find an angle that works best for you.

ronniepage588
ronniepage588

okay ctg, use a cloth every once in a while to wipe off the smears and finger prints. wow. so hard

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

PSWi60 : Im not certain . The PSP already moved worldwide 110 million games , and thats far from being a failure :)

ctg867
ctg867

I just want a PSP that doesn't have the fiber glass like shiny casing to it. It looks cool for all of five minutes, then you have finger prints ALL over it, and it's all scratched up, and it's a complete waste. I just want a PSP that's more like the material the PS2 and 360 are, that graphite solid coloring. No shiny, no nothing. That would be nice. Now put that in blue, and it would be all that much better.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

The bundle will also include a voucher to download Beats from the PlayStation Network through the portable's PC hookup. According to Sony, the software uses beat-tracking technology to create gameplay from any song that the player supplies. --- wow rip off of audiosurfs tech if you ask me XD well we should see how it does, sounds interesting though

BigJ5290
BigJ5290

wow... this psp is already being sold in japan

tengen23
tengen23

mrkame: totally agree it sucks that they only bundle these, I would trade up my original black for a slick red or blue PSP, but I don't want the whole bundle it is too expensive and games I won't play.

MonkishGamer
MonkishGamer

Does anyone else think Sony's going a little crazy with the colors? I mean first they don't publish any colors, then two years later they create the slim with a few colors, now they're making a new color for every new game.

Kolonel_Karnage
Kolonel_Karnage

Doesn't look like much... Anyway, I traded in mine for a Xbox 360 so I'm happy where I am right now.

mrkame16
mrkame16

Nice color but i wouldnt get it just because its packed with madden..Its BS that the only way to get a red or blue Psp is to get in a bundle, honestly i sold my original Psp and havent looked back.

Nineball2112
Nineball2112

Honestly, I'm not being a smart@ss for once... but do people REALLY buy multiple hand-held consoles to just get different colors? That's some serious cash just to have a different color. They all play the same.... Now, I completely understand getting whatever color you prefer if you don't already have one, but buying another one just for the color? Eh... maybe it's just me and I'm a major tightwad... :D

PSWi60
PSWi60

C'mon portable xbox with a Halo green bundle!

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

...Blue is a different color but why Madden? Well if your a football fan then I guess you'd get this but otherwise, I'd go for the GOW pack :|

PSWi60
PSWi60

"Great ... it will help sales a lot " It may very well but it won't increase game sales even if they sell a million (hint hint hack hack)

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

Great ... it will help sales a lot :D

Myzz617
Myzz617

My PSP refuses to connect to the internet so I have to update it through a game which sucks. hmm might sell mine and upgrade lol

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

God Of War crimson comes out next month and blue in August for Madden Still holding on to my "Phat PSP" that I haven't played since God Of War came out.....:)

davijoboy
davijoboy

Thats a pretty random and boring game to package it with !!

Cowing30
Cowing30

blues good but theyd have to put a lil patriot on the back

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

yeah, i like that blue, but couldnt sony and ea talk to the nfl or the nflpa to make it packers green with a screenprinted packers logo on the back like the star wars psp or the upcoming god of war psp with kratos on the back?

prasto
prasto

I'm happy with my psp phatty :)

AzureLivesOn
AzureLivesOn

The Daxter bundle was the best deal around. A semi-decent PSP game, a pretty decent UMD (free Family Guy Freakin Sweet UMD? sure), and a 1G stick for $200. The Star Wars bundle stripped gamers of the added luxury of a good sized memory card for a limited edition PSP (which I will admit looks nice) and Star Wars Battlefront for the same $200. The impending God of War bundle looked to return to the art of giving back to the gamer, offering both a great PSP game (a little on the short side, but a keeper nonetheless) and a great UMD movie (all glory to Superbad). No confirmation on re-including the 1G stick, but the same limited edition decored PSP and $200 pricetag came with it. Now this. EA's desparation to convince the world that Madden NFL isn't dead goes to many measures (it's rumored that they tried to convince Nintendo and Microsoft to develop GameCube and Xbox versions of '09, met with prompt "GTFO"- farfetched but I wouldn't put it past them). This is one of them. Nice looking PSP, and returning the 1G to the mix is great. But unless you really can't let Madden NFL pass you by and a random NFL UMD is your thing, this just doesn't cut it for me and my Silver Slim. Now a shimmering gold DS emblazoned with the Triforce and bundled with Phantom Hourglass for $15 cheaper than buying both separate? Now THAT'S a limited edition bundle that keeps on giving.

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

Release a new color just for Madden? that is down right BS.

remmbermytitans
remmbermytitans

I'm not a fan of color changes. If you give me a few options, thats all I need.

NDegree
NDegree

I'm blue Da ba dee da ba die Da ba dee da ba die....................

taj7575
taj7575

sorry, that was a little overrreaction, but im still pissed off that psps are 200 dollars now and that they come with games AND that mem cards cost a lot less. i still like my psp a lil bit, but i still hate sony with a passion

DEWMAN08
DEWMAN08

I know what I want for my birthday!!!

taj7575
taj7575

wow i bought my big fat crappy psp in 2006 for $250 and now THIS?! i hate sony with a passion....

pizzamanopenup
pizzamanopenup

Hmmm. Sounds like I'll be playing the Warranty Fraud Game come this august.