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Sony blog cool on PSP rumours

Hardware revisions? Speculation.

Sony has used its new US blog to label rumour and speculation about a new PSP hardware revision and a possible PSP phone as, er, rumour and speculation.

"I just wanted to take the time to clear the air. We haven't announced anything about a new PSP, much less one that would have any phone capabilities," said John Koller, the PSP's senior marketing manager.

"As SCEA's resident PSP guru, I'm thrilled to hear that there's so much interest in the platform, but sorry folks, these reports floating around fall into the rumours/speculation category."

In case you missed it, PSP spotters had unearthed a Sony Ericsson patent that outlined a device that mixed mobile phone functions and videogame features.

Elsewhere, rumours continue to float around about a rejigged PSP that includes 8GB of onboard flash memory and a better screen, with an improved d-pad that's closer to the PS3's in terms of design.

None of which, obviously, has been confirmed. But then, despite the Sony blog's cooling comments, none of it's been denied either. Perhaps we'll learn more about Sony's handheld hardware ambition at E3 in mid-July.