Sony’s Monster Hunter PSP Includes New Analog Nub, High-Capacity Battery

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At Sony’s media conference at the Tokyo Game Show yesterday, the publisher revealed to the audience a new and vastly improved PlayStation Portable iteration, dubbed the “Hunter’s Model,” developed in collaboration with Capcom.


Contrary to what we reported yesterday, the Hunter’s Model hasn’t been announced as part of a bundle with the upcoming Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. Instead, it will be sold separately as a new limited edition PSP iteration for the price of 19,800 yen, starting December 1st.


The PSP-3000 MHB, which is the model number Sony have assigned to it, features two major improvements over the current PSPs on the market. The first is an expanded high-capacity battery pack, which is a standard inclusion in every Hunter’s Model. The second — and you’ll love this — is a significantly better-designed concave analog nub.



Click on the image above to view an enlarged version. As you can tell from the screen, the Hunter’s Model also comes with a pre-installed Monster Hunter theme. Other aesthetic changes include the hilarious Felyne paw print speakers and the designs around the unit.


Additionally, the high-capacity battery that comes with the unit will also be sold separately (yes, with the Monster Hunter art) for existing PSP-2000 and 3000 owners that just want to upgrade their batteries for 5,800 yen. PSP-1000 users will be able to make use of it as well, provided they use the unit’s original battery cover.

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.