Sony was supposed to unveil its new PSP at E3 this year, but it seems someone beat them to the punch. Rumors about the design of the new PSP Go have been circulating the internet for a while now, and this seems to be the most realistic rumor we’ve had so far.
The PSP Go shown in these pictures sports a slider screen that opens up to the D-Pad, one (yes, unfortunately only one) joystick, the start/select buttons, and the familiar 4 Playstation buttons. I would also assume it has the shoulder buttons as well.
It’s supposed to be a 16GB device that supports only downloadable games, which means no more UMDs. Also, it is not supposed to be in competition with the current PSP-3000. Sources have stated that they will continue to release hardware for the PSP-3000 for a while at least, although it’s hard to believe that they will continue it for much longer after a newer version is out. Sony does boast a 10 year cycle on their consoles though so you never know.
Anyway, this is all speculation for now, but it does seem that these are real photos that have been leaked. Until Sony makes an official announcement stating otherwise, I think this may be the PSP Go.
(Sony’s E3 Press Conference is on June 2, at 11 am.)