Though not without its own set of imperfections, the new PSP-3000 model is the latest and greatest, improving upon the previous generation with a more vibrant LCD and built-in microphone. But now, there’s one fewer option in how to you may buy one.
Those who have it already in their hands had to purchase it as part of a Ratchet & Clank bundle, which comes with a 1GB Memory Stick, National Treasure 2 on UMD, echochrome download on PSN and, of course, the Ratchet & Clank Size Matters game.
It seems however, as that will be the only way to buy the new PSP, as Sony Computer Entertainment America has just axed the bundle that was set to come with only a black handheld and a 4GB Memory Stick just weeks before it was to hit stores.
John Koller, director of hardware marketing at SCEA, explained on the official PlayStation Blog, “Based on ongoing discussions with our retail partners and the feedback they have received from their customers, SCEA has seen significant interest in the Ratchet & Clank Size Matters PSP Entertainment Pack in North America, which includes the updated PSP-3000. As a result, we will be streamlining our PSP hardware lineup and will no longer be offering the previously announced 4GB Memory PSP Entertainment Pack.
“Consumers who are interested in a larger capacity memory option can purchase a 4GB PSP Memory Stick PRO Duo, which will be available this fall for $44.99 (MSRP). The Ratchet & Clank Size Matters PSP Entertainment Pack will continue to be available in Mystic Silver in North America, and, starting in December, will be available in Piano Black.”