The third version of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) is due to start hitting store shelves today and should be in all major gaming retailers by the end of the week. The PSP-3000 sports an enhanced screen and comes with a built in microphone. The new version of the handheld will first be released as a $199 bundle that includes the system, a copy of “Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters”, a UMD of the movie “National Treasure 2”, a digital download from the PSN store (Echochrome) and a 1GB memory stick duo card.
In other news, Sony unveiled that version 5.0 of the upcoming PSP firmware will include access to the PlayStation Store directly through the PSP.
Microsoft revealed yesterday that their new dashboard, awkardly named the New Xbox Experience, will be pushed out to users on Nov. 19. The dashboard will add a new navigation scheme similar to Apple’s Coverflow combined with Sony Cross Media Bar (PSP and PS3 XMB) and will incorporate avatars that are reminicent of Nintendo’s Miis. The update will be manditory and will replace the console’s current blade system.
Namco unveiled today that its “Tekken” franchise is going multiplatform with the sixth iteration of the game. A PS3 and Xbox 360 version was announced this morning at the Tokyo Game Show (TGS). The 360 version will come with full Xbox Live support and will include the Bloodline Rebellion update that recently graced Japanese arcades. Both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will be released in Japan in the Fall of 2009.
Sony revealed today at the Tokyo Game show that “Resistance: Retribution” for the PSP will be playable with a DualShock 3 controller. The catch is that a PS3 and a copy of “Retribution 2” will be needed (along with a PSP 2001 or 3001 and component cables) to play with Sony’s famed controller. Rumble will also be utilized with this feature.
Too bad there’s no way we could do this whithout the PS3.
The third-person Resistance: Retribution for the PlayStation Portable will be released next spring.