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More PSP2 Rumours

May 17th, 2010 by

Rumours have been flooding ‘the internets’ in recent weeks regarding the possibility that a major part of Sony’s E3 presence this year will be to show off its next generation of hand held gaming device – the PSP2.

Reports from VG247 not only allude to multiple non disclosure agreements in force against British publishers and developers, but also suggest the following additional features:

  • PSP2 has two cameras, one forward and one backward facing
  • It has a touch-screen, but apparently it has retained the trademark physical PlayStation buttons.
  • Digital only media (such is the case with the PSP Go)
  • 3G over the air connectivity
  • A possible 2011 release!

With theories around the release moving from late 2010 to early 2011, perhaps E3 this year isn’t the place we’ll get the first official look at the PSP2, but could in fact be later this year at TGS…

10 Responses to “More PSP2 Rumours”
  1. avatar Martyn Hackett says:

    In a post-iPhone world, I don’t think even twin analogue nubs’ll save the PSP brand.
    A new one would have to be mad cheap, hence dropping the UMD drive, whereupon no-one on the High Street will sell it.

  2. avatar Phizzy says:

    You’re seriously overestimating the iphone’s position as a gaming handheld.

  3. avatar Adamski UK says:

    Sticks above the D-Pad n Buttons? That ain’t not gonna work surely?

  4. avatar Phizzy says:

    That’s some kid’s mockup, there won’t be final prototype photographs floating around while the thing’s still a rumour!

  5. avatar Wayne Shayler says:

    I’m in agreement with Phizzy here. My iPhone sucks for gaming. The lack of buttons is a severe hindrance. Obviously that statement is a bit harsh as there are some games worth playing on iPhone, but they’re mostly just distractions.
    We’ll have to wait until there’s some decent information about PSP2 before commenting on it.

  6. avatar Martyn Hackett says:

    The iPhone may not be totally up to snuff as a pure gaming device, but the app store/iTunes combo is tough to beat.
    Sony have been trying to position the PSP as a multimedia device for ages, but it’s never stuck. Who honestly would use it to listen to music? Web browsing on it’s a joke.

  7. avatar Pat Jennings says:

    The only way the PSP will sell is if it can offer console / mainstream gaming in a handheld form, at a reduced price, with platform exclusives.
    The iPhone is a good gaming device for what it does – touch capable games, mainly arcade-like etc.
    The DS has the casual / puzzle market tapped (and is set to become the best selling console ever), and offers games not on any other platform (e.g. Pokemon).
    The current PSP fails because:
    (a) It is not even as good as last generation’s PS2 (in fairness it is quite old technology now)
    (b) It has a lack of good games
    (c) It has a lack of exclusive games / franchises
    (c) It is as expensive as a full size console
    (d) Bloody piracy
    A sweet price point (£150 or less) and games at £25 would make it a world beater, but I doubt if developers and Sony will go for that.

  8. avatar Wayne Shayler says:

    Agreed Martyn. I have never listened to music while travelling on my PSP, I’ve always had my iPod for that. I did used to used to Internet Radio and Podcasts on my PSP while getting ready for sleep time but no longer I’m afraid. I have no need to watch films on it either anymore. As I multimedia device, my iPhone rocks and is pretty much unbeatable, I just don’t enjoy gaming on it too much.

    Pat, as far as I’m concerned, a system only has to have one game to entice me to purchase. God of War, Patapon, Lumines, Monster Hunter and Street Fighter are all extremely good games giving you a full console experience on the move. No other portable device can match it pound for pound.

    I love my PSP.

    PS. I love my DS as well!
    :)

  9. avatar Pat Jennings says:

    I think, though, Guernica, you (and the rest of us MLGers) probably don’t represent the market as a whole.
    I also am happy to buy a console for a couple of good games (like the PS3) but most people want more. And for the PSP, Monster Hunter is niche because it is seen as fiddly and unfriendly for new players while SF and GoW are arguably better on the big consoles.
    I hasten to add I am not criticising as if I had more time or had to commute to work I’d get one, and it is each to their own, but the current PSP is not positioned to compete with a DS (or X360, Wii, PS3, etc.).

  10. avatar Vampire Azrial says:

    As much as I loved my PSP, I hated the UMD’s they was so fragile and couldn’t be re-cased if they broke, I’ve got about 8-9 games still that are useless now, I refuse to by a PSP Go, as the digital downloads, as good an idea as they are, they are just too expensive, compared to the prices you could buy the UMD’s for, and there’s no trade in / resell, so it’s a no from me.

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