Having hyped up the improved screen of the latest PlayStation Portable version, the PSP-3000, it's a shame to have to report that those improvements come at a cost. While the colour depth and contrast ratio is much better, there are reports of serious interlacing issues which more than offset the benefits of upgrading.
The problem is supposedly a side effect of steps Sony took to reduce ghosting issues on the PSP-2000. Although in the opinion of many, rather verbal, PlayStation forum registrants the solution is worse than the problem it was intended to fix.
Worse still, Sony is aware of these problems but, as the issue arises from a hardware configuration, not software, has no plans to fix them according to Kotaku.
The official line goes: "On some occasions, scan lines may appear on scenes where brightness changes drastically, due to the hardware features of the new LCD device on PSP-3000. Installed with this new LCD device, PSP-3000 offers more natural and vibrant colors on its screen, but the scan lines have come out to be more visible as a result of improving response time to alleviate the afterimages on PSP-3000. Since this is due to hardware specification, there are no plans for a system software update concerning this issue".
While the possibility of a future hardware revision fixing the problems isn't ruled out, it seems unlikely that Sony would want to add yet another model to the market any time soon.
Not good Sony, not good.