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Is this the new PSP? Doubtful…

January 19, 2007

PSPproto

Could this odd-looking prototype be the new Playstation Portable (PSP)?

Gizmodo and 1% both have this story. Here are the “leaked” specs from 1% … on the code-named “Cobalt” device.

PSP (COBALT)
– All Metal & Ruggedized Rubber Build
– 200% Brighter Screen
– Dual Analog Controllers
– Visual Battery Display
– 8GB Flash Drive
– Wifi (a,b,g)
– Bluetooth V.2 (A2DP, AVRCP)
– Firmware 4.07

No word yet on Battery Life and Media Files Support!

UPDATE:
– Updated Pic from (Gizmodo)
– Axe like shape (Thick on the top and thins out on the bottom)
– 12mm (TOP) 6mm (BOTTOM)

Gizmodo has its doubts, as do I. Wouldn’t you think the device’s ends would be angled in the opposite direction, with the narrowest end of the angle at the bottom for comfort reasons? The way you would have to tilt your hands to use both analog nubs displayed here would be counter-intuitive to the current PS2/PS3 controller and current PSP.

I call shenanigans! At least whoever made this in Photoshop didn’t add phone capabilities 🙂 Or the aerial antenna for watching analog TV.

[UPDATE: The boys from Engadget chime in, also doubting:

Unfortunately, the inclusion of UMD, Memory Stick and 8GB of flash seems pretty far fetched — either Sony loses the UMD and goes for all-downloadable games, or it sticks with its tried and true method of milking consumers on Memory Stick purchases, it’s hard to imagine an all-in approach. Other dubious specs include a “200% Brighter Screen,” and the more likely a/b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 and visual battery display. We’re not banking on this one, and Sony’s been pretty down on the topic in general, but hopefully these guys do actually pull something out before too terribly long. ]

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One Comment
  1. Shingen permalink
    January 22, 2007 7:30 am

    Undoubtedly fake. Although the angle is not such a big deal (current controllers angle outwards for issues of grip). What is the problem is the d-pad and buttons, which would need to be pushed towards the centre for this layout to work. Or at least put the analogue nubs at the bottom as with the dual-shock controller.

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