Sony to shrink PSP, according to game sites

IGN, others post a video clip attributed to Japanese firm

TOKYO -- Sony plans to sell a smaller and lighter PlayStation Portable hand-held game machine later this year, according to video game Web sites that cite what they say is the Japanese firm's own promotional video clip.

The video clip, which game sites including IGN say was first distributed through Sony's online game information distribution service for paying U.S. subscribers, has been posted on YouTube. (See the video below.)

The new device, dubbed the PSP Go, is 43% lighter than the current model and comes with a 3.8-inch display, compared with a 4.3 inch screen now, according to the video clip on YouTube.

A spokesman for Sony's game unit, Sony Computer Entertainment, declined comment on the video clip, saying that any announcement on the PSP will be made at the E3 video game trade show that began Monday in Los Angeles.

According to the video clip, the PSP Go will go on sale in the fall, though the current model, the PSP 3000, will remain in the market.

The newer model's key pad slides out from below the screen, the clip shows. With the PSP 3000, the keys are placed on either side of the screen.

Sony aims to sell 15 million units of the PSP in the financial year to March, up from 14.1 million units a year earlier. The PSP competes with Nintendo's DS.

Shares in Sony rose 2.6% to 2,560 yen, outperforming the Nikkei average, which gained 1.6%.

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