Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that it would launch a new PSP (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system (PSP-3000) with an advanced LCD screen supporting higher image quality, to become available in stores in Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand from 15th October 2008. No word on NZ pricing at present, however the PSP-3000 will be available as a bundle, including one software title for a RRP of €199 (NZ$420) in Europe.

SCEE will offer a variety of bundles that take advantage of the new PSP features, including a Go! communications bundle, and a variety of games bundles including Buzz!: Master Quiz, as well as FIFA ‘09 and Harry Potter bundles from their third party partners.

In addition to offering the functionality and ergonomics of Slim & Lite the quality of the screen has been improved to offer crisper colours with more definition when outside in natural light. PSP-3000 also includes a built-in microphone, maximising the communication features of products such as Go! Messenger and Skype.

PSP is gaining overwhelming support from a wide range of consumers all over the world through its lineup of software titles as well as the introduction of colour variations and network services. Since the launch of the “Slim & Lite” PSP in September 2007, the expansion of the PSP platform has been further accelerated and more than 13.4 million units have been sold in the PAL territories.

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