Anyone planning to get their hands on the new version of the PSP when it launches this autumn might want to consider a trip to Japan, where the just-announced pricing tells us it will go on sale for a smidgeon over £100.
At ¥19,800 (£102) the microphone-toting PSP-3000 costs exactly what we predicted, although the range of accessories that also arrive on 16 October doesn't represent such value for money at first glance.
A 2200mAh extended battery will cost ¥5,500 (£28), while a cradle for connecting the PSP to a TV for some large-screen action will go for ¥6,500 (£34) – that's a third the price of a new PSP.
Still, Sony also announced some welcome changes to the system software that will arrive at the same time.
Also, multiplayer ad-hoc PSP games will be able to go online through a PS3's network connection, making the possibility of larger-scale PSP games – particularly RPGs – a reality.
Finally, owners of first- and second-generation PSPs will be glad to hear that they too can upgrade the firmware and enjoy the extra online action for themselves.
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