Earlier this year Sony announced the PSP-3000, a new model of the popular gaming handheld equipped with a built-in microphone and an updated screen, which according to Sony reduces glare, offers better color reproduction, and reduces pixel ghosting. The updated device has been flying off shelves, but if you are in the market for one of these, perhaps you should hold on to your cash until you’ve checked out the screen.


Users on Sony’s official PlayStation forums are complaining that the new screen found in the PSP-3000 is actually a step backward, causing games to suffer from graphical defects such as visible scanlines and notably jagged edges on moving objects. What’s more, Sony says it is looking into the matter but claims the phenomenon is caused by hardware characteristics, so there is no plan to fix it with a system software update – not exactly comforting news for those who spent $200 on their new toy.