unearthed an interesting bit of news. Before the release of the PSP-2000, hackers found an interesting file "pspbtcnf_02g.bin." Its purpose was unclear at the time, but it's now understood that it directs instructions to the revised PSP-2000.
So, what have hackers discovered in firmware 3.80? A file called "pspbtcnf_03g.bin." Once again, its inclusion is quite mysterious. But, if this naming convention follows any kind of logical progression, it doesn't take a huge leap to conclude that Sony could be working on a third generation PSP.
This isn't all too surprising. Sony has revised its hardware a number of times. For example, the PS2 received a number of facelifts in its lifespan so far. If anything, the presence of this new file may suggest that Sony is simply considering a new revision of the PSP. Don't expect anything to come to fruition any time soon, however.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
12-19-2007 @ 12:17AM
I have my money down on a PSPhone. Sony seems to hint ever so strongly on that recently. Another PSP redesign right now seems to early.
12-19-2007 @ 12:56AM
I would hope that a PSP redesign and PSPhone would be the same thing. Why not? Why carry more than one portable PlayStation device when they could just make a slightly smaller PSP that has a built-in mic, phone-service, camera, etc.?
12-19-2007 @ 4:17PM
PSP-Phone is a pretty good bet. I personally don't like phones mixed with other stuff. I want my cell-phone to have just a few required features and be stripped down to the bare minimum so it can be as tiny as possible.
And I think anyone could have guessed PSP2 was coming sometime... Especially since Sony keeps sending out those polls asking "what features do you like/dislike currently in the PSP, what features would like added/removed, etc."
12-19-2007 @ 12:56AM
I place my bets on a Pandora proof PSP with a new motherboard.
12-19-2007 @ 1:49AM
Yeah that seems the most realistic. I don't think it will be an upgrade like the Slim was, but an internal upgrade.
12-19-2007 @ 1:07AM
Another PSP redesign is improbable, even for Japan. I say PSPhone proto. Other suggestions?
12-19-2007 @ 2:57AM
Obviously they are updating it to be able to power the awesome Duke Nukem Forever port in about a decades time when it's "retro".
OH GOD TOMORROW. TEASER TRAILER. DNF. OH GOD.
12-19-2007 @ 5:30AM
In regards to the file name (pspbtcnf_03g.bin) couuld the bt part of the file be a reference to British Telecom and the PSP phone that has been talked about in the past?
12-19-2007 @ 5:26PM
It's more like PSP Button Config, imo.
12-19-2007 @ 6:22AM
Maybe we could see one next year ... though I really doubt it ...
12-19-2007 @ 6:53AM
Mike Candelaria said...
PSP with a blu-ray laser in it . . . . . nah not really but it would be rad to have a blu-ray UMD for games i would like that but i am going with hthe PSP phone like the rest of you
12-19-2007 @ 7:37AM
jango fett said...
gimme an even lighter psp with a much longer battery life that dont leave no bulge, reduce the parts or fire people from the psp ummm place (like the people that were fired from scea) to reduce the price of the thing and a larger memory or creat a 20 gig memory stick where i can save the games and have no loading times or a much smaller one and damn it, im all for it. il buy it no matter what.
12-19-2007 @ 1:45PM
I don't know if it can get much smaller without removing components. The SCEA people that Sony were mostly E3 marketing people(which was significantly reduce this year). It is too close to release of the slim to actually be a new redesign, thus why I a Pandora proof PSP. Software update will never stop Pandora, but a hardware update can.
12-19-2007 @ 7:40AM
jango fett said...
oh and by the way, years ago when i played the playstation, i belived also that another generation of video games console would come. an even better playstation. just like when i played the super nes, the n 64 came out. damn i was right on the money on that one. you think i got psychic powers or something?
12-19-2007 @ 8:20AM
Dual shock PSP, sticks and rumble!
12-19-2007 @ 8:25AM
In before Tim Parsons' trolling.
I wouldn't be surprised if it's a new motherboard. I'm glad I already have a slim!
Also, DAX is making a 3.80 m33? Yeah!!
12-19-2007 @ 10:14AM
how is a psphone possible if the psp slim battery would only last for a few hours? If it's a phone then ofcause the screen will be a bti smaller but then the battery will be much much more smaller and plus the speaker have to be louder. I'll bet you can only play a hour max of psp game before you can't dial any number. It will be too inconvenient for a mobile phone. More like a phone with some better java gaming ability that sony might name it psphone. But i'm sure it can't play psp game. So I won't say it's a psp at all. Just another phone with some better gaming ability like the ngage.
12-19-2007 @ 10:28AM
I just want a price drop.
12-19-2007 @ 10:32AM
The only way I'd pick up another PSP is if the new one had dual analog so we can finally play some FPS's the way they are supposed to be played.
Screw a phone. I've already got a phone. And if it's anything llike the iPhone is I'd rather not use it as a phone. The iPhone sucks balls as a phone. It does everything else nicely but as a phone, nope. I expect a PSPhone would be the same way. Remember N-Gage? That sucked as a phone too.
I want, no, need, dual analog. Longer bat life would be nice but 2nd to duel analog.
12-19-2007 @ 10:37AM
Before folk get excited - it will not be an updated PSP. It'll be a conservative update like the PSP to Slim and DS to Lite. They won't risk cutting the market in 2.
Maybe with a BT chip for wireless headphones. Maybe an even smaller model or with more internal ram.
I think we can assume it'll be hack-resistant (for a week or 2!).