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Rumor: New PSP Unveiling at E3; PS3 Slim Later

Rumors of a new PlayStation Portable model have been flying around since 2008. With E3 just around the corner, most are expecting for Sony to make an announcement about a new PSP.

Ars Technica’s own sources are now reaffirming rumors first outted by 1Up, which said that the new hardware will ditch the UMD drive in favor of going strictly with built-in flash memory.

The new PSP won’t immediately replace the current version, as that would instantly split the market for games that are still shipping on UMD. Instead, the new PSP is said to sell alongside the existing PSP-3000. We’ll know for sure when E3 rolls around next week.

The more interesting rumor from Ars’ mole is that Sony is indeed working on a slimmed down version of the PlayStation 3, which we won’t be seeing at this E3. Supposedly the new slimmer PS3 will be a secret until stock of the current hardware dries up later in the summer.

Engadget earlier this month posted a picture of a box that showed a smaller, slimmer looking PS3-ish device. It’s not much, but certainly interesting and fun to ponder about.

Source: Engadget

Source: Engadget

E3 will be running from June 2 to 4, 2009.