The 4.3-inch display remains the same, but the new unit will now include a video output that will let the PSP to output gameplay, movies and photos to a TV display. The component cable we saw also had audio connectors to offer complete AV connectivity. The actual composite, S-Video and component cables will be sold separately (price to be announced). The PSP we tested was able to play back a Spider-Man 2 movie clip at 640x480 pixels. The video on the big screen looked sharp with minimal loss.
Sony has doubled the built-in memory from 32MB to 64MB, and the new PSP will also be able to speed up game load times by storing UMD data in temporary memory. The new PSP will also be able to recharge over the USB data connection.
The redesigned PSP will be available in Piano Black, Ice Silver and a limited-edition Star Wars model in ceramic white with an image of Darth Vader silk-screened on the back battery cover. Sony currently has no plans to release a ceramic white unit after the Star Wars edition sells out, but that can always change.
Additional editing by Nick Hide