Sony has shown a new budget priced model of the PSP at Gamescom – the PSP E-1000. Wasnâ€™t E-1000 the name of the bad guy in Terminator 2?
Itâ€™s set to retail at 99 Euro (which works out at Â£86 by todayâ€™s exchange rate) and resembles the original PSP rather than the horrid and flimsy beast that was the PSPgo.
Thereâ€™s no WiFi, presumably to keep costs down, but games can still be purchased from the PlayStation Store via Media Go or played from UMD. Itâ€™ll have the same charcoal matte finish to match the slim PS3, because everybody loves to have matching consoles.
The PlayStation Blog reports that â€œPSP E-1000 will be available across PALâ€ suggesting that it might not be due for release in the US.
The PSP has a fine range of titles, including some brilliant RPGs, but you have to wonder what Sonyâ€™s train of thought is here. The PSVita is just around the corner and the number of titles left for release on the original PSP is pitiful. A quick view of the â€˜coming soonâ€™ lists on both Game and Play reveals just 10 titles between them, three of which are annual sports updates.
Letâ€™s hope theyâ€™re not going to be selling this one at a loss because they certainly aren’t going to make that money back from new releases.