According to Sony, the PSP2 may as well not even exist. The Japanese tech giant has never officially confirmed the existence of its next gen handheld console, yet several gaming websites are today saying the PSP2 will be unveiled at a “business overview and strategy meeting” in Tokyo on 27 January.
Both VG247 and MCV reported that Sony would make this announcement, citing insider sources. Going by the codename Veta, the PSP2 has been in the hands of developers for sometime now and some of the developers have been a lot more eager to talk about the handheld device than Sony.
In an interview with VG247, Square Enix producer Takamasa Shiba said he couldn’t wait to get his hands on the PSP2. “There are a lot of things I’m excited for the PSP2, but I’m more interested in hardware specifics rather than a unique feature,” said Shiba. “Hardware is always coming out, so the software needs to be pushing the hardware as well. So, if they put something in that’s very unique then it is hard to create games for it. As a creator, I’m looking forward to mainly hardware improvements.”
However despite these two reports mentioning the same date for the launch of the PSP2, we should remember that one of those sites, VG247, claimed in October that the PSP2 would be launched in the UK before last Christmas. Now unless we missed something, this didn’t happen and so we will have to take the latest news with a pinch of salt.
Of course, with no sign of the equally much-rumoured PlayStation Phone some have suggested that the PSP2 and the PlayStation Phone are in fact one in the same. While we can't say for definite if this is true, we remain sceptical. With Sony remaining tight lipped on both counts we will just have to wait and see if they make any announcement on 27 January.