So, it appears the new PSP won't have a reduced battery life after all.
Director of hardware marketing John Koller has cleared any confusion up following an interview he did just over a week ago.
He wrote on the official PlayStation blog: "There have been reports about the battery life of the new PSP system (PSP-3000) being shorter than the current model (PSP-2000), following an interview we recently did with Gamespot.
"I’d like to make a correction and clarify that the new PSP will have equivalent battery life to the current PSP, about 4 to 6 hours for games and about 4 to 5 hours for UMD videos.
"While the enhanced screen of the new PSP draws a little more power, our engineers in Japan worked to reduce the power consumption of the overall system including its components, so you won’t have to worry about losing any time when enjoying the more vibrant visuals displayed with the new PSP."
That's certainly changed from the 20 to 30 minutes decrease in battery life he was first quoted as saying, attributing the loss to the brighter screen. Still, we hope this version of the story is the correct one. I guess we'll see ourselves in just over a month.