updated 11:10 am EDT, Fri May 1, 2009
PSP Go M2 Micro Rumor
Rumors for the upcoming PSP Go! may have been corrected on Friday by a follow-up rumor. Pointing to supposed insiders aware of PSP development, PC World downplays the likelihood of the Sony console getting internal memory and instead claims that it will use a high-speed card format, such as the Memory Stick HG-Micro format that was teased at CES this year. The card is meant for cellphones but would be about 3 times faster than the Memory Stick Duo cards used for the existing PSP, topping at 60MB of data per second.
The advance would keep the PSP small and also keep it perpetually upgradable. If users run out of space for games or media they can either migrate to a larger-capacity card or else swap in a second card to hold the rest. Internal flash memory would inherently limit what users could carry and would artificially hike up the price, the magazine says independently of the rumor.
While this calls into question the accuracy of the rumor from earlier this week, it suggests the 8GB and 16GB versions of the PSP Go! may just include the relevant sizes of memory card rather than internal storage. It would also allow consistent firmware between PSP editions and for Sony to introduce more storage without more engineering for the console itself.
Sony has so far tried to deny the rumors but, if reports are true, would introduce the PSP Go! at E3 next month with the intent of shipping it in the fall.