Eurogamer reports that Sony has indicated the new budget-priced PSP model will be specifically aimed at teens and younger children. The new PSP model, which was revealed at Gamescom in Cologne last month and is only slated for a release in Europe, does not feature Wi-fi capabilities or support for stereo sound. Without these features, Sony is able to offer the handheld at around €99 in Europe, which is close to $140. The PSP-3000, which does feature Wi-fi and stereo support, is available in North America for approximately $130.
SCEE President Jim Ryan has said that he expects the audience of the PSP to skew younger, and hopes that many parents will consider the handheld as a Christmas gift at the new price level. He added that “if we are going to take PSP very young – teens and much younger – they are happy to just play the game. If taking wi-fi out is the price to pay, we’re happy to.”