At E3 2007, Sony released information that a new version of the PSP will be released in September of 2007. The new PSP will be 33% lighter (reduced to 189g from 280g) and 19% thinner than the original PSP system.
Along with the original Piano Black color of the original handheld console, it will also appear in Ice Silver. A special bundle package will include the Star Wars edition Vanilla White model with an image of Darth Vader printed on the backside of the device and Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron included with the device as a pack-in game. New hardware features will include faster loading times, improved battery life, and a video-out port which will allow stored videos to be played on an external screen along with actual gameplay.
Sony also moved the WiFi switch to the top of the console (preventing it from being switched accidentally during gameplay), and redesigned the mechanics of the UMD tray. Also, another change was the removal of the infra-red port, since in the original PSP, there was an infra-red port, but has no use. Probably, it’s because Sony wanted to add one or more features that used that port, but later changed plans, and decided to not add such feature(s), but left the IR port on the console. The new PSP design will offer 64 MB of RAM instead of the older PSP’s 32 MB or RAM to improve gameplay and game sharing.
The announced price is set at $169.99 for the Core Pack, and $199.99 for the newer PSP entertainment packages.