Hot on the heels of the latest PSP firmware update, there is speculation that the next PSP is in the works. With the popularity of the latest versions and rumors of a PSP Phone, it would not be suprising to hear the announcement of this new version within the first quarter of 2008.
While everyone may have their own opinion about whether or not Sony IS cooking up another version of the Sony PlayStation Portable (i.e. the oft-rumored PSP Phone), it seems that one of the most prominent figures in the handheld’s homebrew scene has found a clue that might prove that future model’s existence. That figure is none other than Mathieulh himself, and that clue is the string “kd/pspbtcnf_03g.bin”.What’s so special about this seemingly-random string of letters and numbers, you ask? The key lies in the annals of history, namely firmware version 2.71 and 2.80. Those who have contributed into the construction of custom firmwares have discovered in those versions the string pspbtcnf_02g, which apparently suggest the support of a new hardware or at least a new operative mode.
With the PSP Slim & Lite’s release, further investigation revealed that 02g is actually that handheld revision’s codename, with the 2 and g probably standing for the second generation. By that logic, what would 03g mean? Yep, that’s right – a new generation of the Sony PlayStation Portable. A quote from Mathieulh’s post, verbatim:
We believe it is the same with the 3rd generation hardware which they are now preparing for sure. Will it be yet another lighter (and pandora proof) psp or will it be the new psp phone? Time will tell.
There you have it, straight from the Sony PlayStation Portable developer’s mouth. Keep it locked right here for more developments.