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Sony PSP 2 Getting E3 Debut?

Gordon Kelly


Sony PSP 2 Getting E3 Debut?

Speculation about a PlayStation Portable sequel have been running since July last year, but if the rumour mongers are to be believed then we could be getting our first glimpse as soon as next month.

According to MCV the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will be the glamorous venue, with the event running from 15 - 17 June.

A 'senior industry source' and 'publisher' are the loose lipped folk revealing this information with the latter alluding to the fact it is working on "the ongoing development of several unnamed titles behind closed doors". Proof? Hardly, but the timing would make sense.

The PSP is a whopping six years old and has already seen two further iterations, the moderately successful PSP-3000 and rather dull PSPgo. Sony also knows Nintendo has confirmed the 3DS - the true sequel to DS - and is under threat from casual gamers deserting the platform in favour of the iPhone and iPod touch.

Consequently it is reasonable to say, even if the speculation is wrong, that Sony should have a PSP sequel very close to release simply because it needs to. Then again, Sony is one of the quirkier companies in the technology sector and the only guarantee is it will do things its own way.

Regardless, not long to find out...


via MCV


May 13, 2010, 9:07 pm

I hope this is really going to happen and they best nail all the things that they have not in all previous version of the psp.

The main things I would like to see are:

Amoled screen

Flash support-for a propper web broswer!!!!!

Large memory 64gb or something with Micro SD not Sony propariety

A camera why? Mobile phones have them even its only a 5mp that will do add video 30fps

A radio Maybe even DAB

Louder speakers!!!!

And that 2nd anolog stick for christ sake!!!!!


May 13, 2010, 11:00 pm

I seen this on CVG this morning and when I read the story I just thought holy crap thats a stretch to call this a rumour. It's speculation at best, but then that site is known for printing such stuff, was very surprised to see it here to. Im assuming this is just an excuse to talk about how the (much needed) successor to the PSP should come sooner rather than later and what we would like to see on it..?

If so then here be my list :)

8 Hours + battery life

SuperAMOLED screen (if they are indeed better for outside as I can't see shit on my nexus in daylight)

2nd stick (if they can figure out how to hold it using both sticks without cramping up in seconds as im really not convinced about this but everyone keeps ranting on about it)

PS1 and PS2 compatibility (Duh)


and well the rest of the stuff is more discussion based. Can sony release a new handheld now with a life expentancy of 5+ years without supporting some kind of always on data? Like 3G? how would we pay for that? would you want to pay £20 a month to access it? I sure as hell wouldn't. Could I tether it to my phone? hmmmmmm questions

ps all the above doesn't could for jack if I can't hack it to run emulators :)


May 13, 2010, 11:09 pm

@Runadumb - it has been the talk of the Internet today, so I felt obliged to cast so analysis (and scepticism!).

PS I like both the ideas here so let's keep our fingers crossed!


May 13, 2010, 11:36 pm

Must be a great product if the wishlist's are so long LOL


May 14, 2010, 12:39 am

"The PSP...has already seen two further iterations, the moderately successful PSP-3000 and rather dull PSPgo"

I'd like to point out that you missed the second iteration, the PSP-2000 (kinda suggests it in the name).

Also, @ Runadumb and Zero, does it really matter that it has an AMOLED screen? LCD screens are cheaper, easier to see in sunlight and still very good quality -- a good LCD can and has been mistaken for AMOLEDs in the past (sorry, i couldn't find an example -- you'll just have to take my word for it). I think that, with the need to keep costs down, AMOLED should be one of the first ideas to go.

@Zero -- the PSP already does have flash support. what it needs is a faster, smoother, smarter browser that formats pages better. Still, i'm hopeful.


May 14, 2010, 12:51 am

@Hank it is a great product and I have thought of some more stuff to add to the list as well.

Formats for music Mp3 Acc WMA Flac Ogg

Formats For video Mpeg4 WMV DivX

Basically more because it is a pain in the *** to put stuff on the current psp. I agree with Runadumb on the battery life side too, that really does make or brake a high end product now.


May 14, 2010, 2:50 am

Surely the question we should be asking is if Sony will release a PSP2? The PSP is their portable gaming system so unlike Nintendo we can't even take it for granted whether they'll want to release another one.


May 14, 2010, 5:15 pm

@Hank: I second your LOL, sir.


May 14, 2010, 5:20 pm

First off, SONY sold nearly 60M PSPs so PSP2 is a given

PSP got it's renesaince late in the game but now it has more and more really impresive games. But it's still highly limited and cripled device. My wishlist comes as follows.

TouchScreen - this is a must. PSP is a gaming, connectivity and multimedia device. One of huge pains for me with PSP is that there is no way to operate it one handed for multimedia. That is a huge problem. Touchscreen can be used for much more than multimedia and would prevent cluttering of buttons for both gaming and multimedia.

PSPgo-size design - PSPgo was a step i right direction as far as format matters. much more managable and carryable.

CF slot - replace both UMD and MemoryStick with CompactFlash. Do not depend on online only. I want to use it on the moon too and i want to exchange both game and multimedia while I'm on it!

Better Multimedia Format Support - MPEG4, XVID, DIVX, OGG, FLAC... Also give us better multimedia player. Both are unwieldy and notoriously painful for use. Also improve support for MP3 so it wont flag songs unplayable at random.

Internet Radio/Digital Radio - self explanatory

Longer battery life.


Better support for all things internet! It sucks now

Option to run unsigned Java or Perl code. Limit it but allow some way to run unsigned/homebrew without restarting the device.

perhaps make it also a 3G Phone but then camera is a must.

All this could be squesed into 250-300 eur, even with phone and camera included.

Hardware doesent need to be much more powerfull. By this time you can squeese whole PS2 into matchbox so taht souldnt be a problem. Maxbe exchange graphics for Tegra or add Creatives Zii for multimedia.

Now this is crazy but they could pack in entry-level camera with 3-4 times zoom in limited run. If they manage to do all that in PSPgo case I would gladly cough up 400 bucks for it and it would be my one and only mobile device.


May 14, 2010, 5:58 pm

@Carnex I agree with some of your points.

The Go form factor, ditching UMD and memorystick (please god) even if it means 2 sku's, one with UMD and one without. Why CF though? SD would be better would it not?

The javi perl idea is spot on, let the homebrew guys get emu's running on something like that and then I would feel no need to hack custom firmware, if it was possible.

MicroHDMI yes

Camera, radio and price I differ on though. I wouldn't pay more than £200 (and thats really really pushing it) for a handheld device. Maybe my wishlist has no place in reality at that price point, I don't know. Still as the PSP is 6 years old now and it doesn't need a big speed boost maybe some of this is possible for £200 and under. Well, without the 3G I guess


May 14, 2010, 6:38 pm

OMG, I really wrote CF!

Bwahahaha, that was lame. Its and honest mistake causing by me copying pictures from CF from my DSLR at the time.


May 14, 2010, 9:17 pm

I reckon Sony should have a look at what the cosumers say about what we would like in order for us to buy there product. Therefore they can benifit from making £££ while catering for us at the same time.


May 18, 2010, 4:20 pm

I actually think Carnex might be on to something there with CF; You can get adapters to plug any memory card type you can think of into a CF slot, so that would allow you to use any memory cards that you have for storage. So, SD if you're future inclined, or Memory Stick if you have an old PSP and want to keep using your cards, or CF if you have spares lying around etc.

Only problem is the size issue of the CF slot...

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