For those of you who were looking to TGS as the last opportunity for you to win your “new PSP hardware again this year” bet, you’ll be relieved to know that an enhanced version of the 3000-series console will be released in Japan to coincide with the release of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd in December.
Revealed at the Sony presser earlier this morning, the special-edition console has grips on the reverse that should make long gaming sessions much more comfortable, as well as making space for a double-capacity battery. In addition, the analog nub on the front has been redesigned and enlarged, and now features an indent akin to the Xbox 360’s sticks.
There’s also Monster Hunter-themed artwork all over the console, the metallic ring and PSP logo on the UMD drive are now gold rather than silver, and there’s even custom speaker holes. A custom theme will also come pre-installed on the special edition hardware. This new revision will go on sale in Japan for the equivalent of about £150 on the 1st December. No details were given on an overseas release, but don’t be surprised to see it turn up early next year in a last hurrah before the inevitable PSP2.