Sony made a surprise announcement yesterday during Gamescom by introducing a new model of the PSP called the PSP-E1000. On the face of it, the new handheld sounds enticing. It’s got the same screen as the PSP-3000, keeps the UMD so is backwards compatible with all PSP games, comes in a charcoal black that matches the slim PS3, and will be available at a pocket-friendly price of 99 euros, which would equate to $99 in the U.S.
That’s where the good news stops though, as this is a limited-feature, budget version of the PSP models that have gone before. First of all, it won’t be launched outside of PAL territories, but U.S. gamers should definitely view that as a good decision with the very capable PSP-3000 remaining the only choice.
Now on to what Sony has decided to remove. Even though the PSP still receives regular firmware updates, the E1000 does not include Wi-Fi, so you’ll have to rely on games providing the updates or getting them via a cable. The other big loss? Stereo sound. Sony has seen fit to replace the stereo speakers in previous models with monoaural, so one speaker.
It’s unclear from the specification, but it also looks as though Sony has removed the video out feature too, as well as somehow managing to increase the overall size of the device. Where as the 3000 measures 169.4 x 18.6 x 71.4mm, the E1000 is 172.4 × 73.4 × 21.6mm. It is lighter though, weighing in at 223 grams compared to the 280 grams of the 3000.
The only thing this model of PSP has got going for it is the price, but even then, saving 30 euros/$30 isn’t worth it for the lack of Wi-Fi and stereo sound.
If you are in the market for a new PSP, then the PSP-3000 remains the only real choice. My one concern is that retailers will start replacing the PSP-3000 with the E1000 across PAL territories making it more difficult to buy one.
My Two Cents
Really? Why would a PSP without Wi-Fi be a good idea? Thank goodness it’s only in PAL because I could only imagine how many gamers would pick this version up by accident and be highly disappointed. My recommendation to PAL PSP goers in the future? Get a used one and make sure it’s not a E1000!