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Massive RUMOR – Senior industry source says Sony’s at work on PSP 2

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 20:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

OMG

Rumor has it – and a very speculative rumor at that – Sony’s at work on a new iteration of PSP.

According to a senior industry source speaking to MCV, a “significant increase in marketing” is being allotted for two key publishers during Q4 2010, with one publisher telling the online magazine that it’s waiting on Sony to announce its new platform before it can reveal its future PSP plans.

While PSP, currently in its sixth year of existence, has remained somewhat the same since its initial release, it’s being speculated by the unnamed publisher that an updated version – or new one entirely – will possibly be revealed at E3.

Last year, Sony had the wind taken out of its sails with the leak of PSPgo before it could be revealed at its Press Event, but there were loads of schematics and massive amounts of rumbling on the new system long before the Qore episode was purportedly leaked.

MCV notes that there are no documents floating about that it’s aware of, and when contacted, Sony replied that there were “no imminent plans to launch a new PSP”.

So, whether the publishers are mistaken, confused, or right on the money is anyone’s guess at this time, and while possibly far-fetched, it’s out there now for your consideration.

Thanks, Dutch.

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  1. Erthazus

    I hope that they will make it Right.

    I love my PSP no matter what, of course i need second analog stick, but they need to be careful with this new second PSP.

    PSP Go was already not the best idea, but they finished it with big price and confusing on the market.

    but i don’t see PSP 2 at E3 2010. Because Sony is very good at leaks and we could see some news about it.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Its time imo. Consoles can still sail on this gen but the handhelds need to move on.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. theevilaires

    Its about damn time SONY :D Kick APPLE and Nintendo’s ass with the PSP2 please! :D

    #3 5 years ago
  4. polygem

    psp go with better tech specs and 2. anolg stick probably…they´ll keep the download only i believe…might be interested in it. had a launch psp and loved it for games like medievil and killzone liberation, dexter, syphon filter…then one day only shitty games were released and i sold it…had a second try with a slim enjoyed god of war and some other games but overall there just weren´t enough games that i wanted to play…so i sold it again…too bad that microsoft isn´t competing in the handheld sector (beyond zune hd). i would love to check out a xbox handheld – this wont happen any time soon though.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. humanfish

    It’s crazy when you think about it. Everybody gamer knows Sony could sell far more PSPs (and therefore games and other add ons) if they just get the god damn spec right. I’d defo blow £200 on a handheld if it had the features every man and his dog knows should be on this machine. C’mon Sony. Even you know must know what needs to happen. If they could just market the machine as a truly allround multimedia device they would sell more on top of just the games market. It is truly baffaling why Sony haven’t moved sooner. But its not the first baffling move.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @4 If they will make PSP 2 design like from PSP Go then it’s a FAIL attempt. I’m not saying that PSP Go Design is bad, but it’s for a digital consumer that likes small stuff.

    PSP 2 imo should be a smartphone and they should really think about bringing good games like GTA’s, Metal Gears and God Of War.
    + Ps2 classics for it could be awesome and they must market the shit out of it.

    The reason it sucked in US and EU because of 2 things:

    1) Piracy

    2) People used it as a media device at the end and it was recognized as a media device.

    @5 Multimedia device is what hurting PSP. It must be a gaming device and people must market that shit as a gaming device, not a multimedia device.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    I totally agree with Erthazus 100%

    #7 5 years ago
  8. humanfish

    But if the system had a good flow of qualty games would there be an issue with it being a multimedia device as well, surely that is a positive string in its bow. Most smartphones these days are quite comprehensive media devices too, so all we would be adding to PSP2 is the ability to make calls.

    If they could remove some of the plastic space around the screen on the Go, keep it a slider, add the second joystick, sort the chuffin piracy issue out (don’t know how), keep it download only it would be great for me. I never understood why Sony didn’t allow brick and mortar stores to sell codes for games on cards. This would keep them in the loop and allow them to price competitively on old titles. I presume this isn’t happening now, because this seems utterly the obvious solution.

    I’ve got to keep my posts to one line.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. LockeTribal

    Erthazus, you’re obviously in two minds there. First you say that a new PSP should be a smartphone, then you say it should not be a multimedia device and focus on the gaming aspect. Bit of a contradiction there.

    You also say any new device should have “good games like GTA’s, Metal Gears and God Of War”, well aren’t all those games available on the PSP currently?

    For what it’s worth I agree with you on the PS2 classics front though.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    @8 Why Iphone as a media device is that successfull? Because it’s the best smartphone and multimedia device on the market. It sells like hot cakes.
    PSP as a multimedia device is not that good. To sell a product you need to have something that consumers will recognize. PSP was for games right? But in the end it’s a not bad Media device and not as good as the Iphone. People knew that.
    Sure, good games is important stuff. 3rd Parties will make great games for it, when people will buy a software, but piracy burned it. You need a focus

    This is what you need to make PSP as a pefect device that will sell:

    1) 2 analogs of course (Hardcore/serious gamers bitch about it for a long time and it gives a bad reputation for PSP. You need to satisfy your customer no matter what, it’s a first priority.)

    2) LED HD screen. If you never saw an LG or Samsung phones with LED then you should see it. It’s a magic screen.

    3) Playstation 2 compatibility if possible.

    4) UMD reader (UMD in to Digital)

    5) High Memory Capacity

    6) 64 bit CPU absolutely important with corprocessor and with the nice Graphics Synthesizer that can enable an HD resolution. It’s not going to cost much. CPU is the most important part anyway.

    7) Smartphone capabilities. It’s very easy to do if you have Sony Ericsson partnership. But you need to remember that you sell a GAMING DEVICE.

    8 ) Marketing campaign that will say: Hey consumer, it’s a fucking gaming machine!

    9) Good titles (From Europe’s favourite Little Big Planets to the US shooters and Japanese RPG games like Monster Hunter)

    10) Use a fucking PS3 hypervisor, but this time make it use a CPU on full force so you can not run pirate games.
    Piracy is really what hurts PSP. Really.

    11) Reasonable price

    Probably thats it.

    @9 it must have a FUNCTION of a smartphone but you need to market this thing as a gaming machine. The first priority for this thing are G A M E S

    #10 5 years ago
  11. LockeTribal

    I disagree re: smartphone, they’d be moving away from their core market (and core competences) and be in danger of ending up with something like the N-Gage.

    Stick to games and general multimedia and they’re onto a winner. Go for direct competition with Apple and they’re gonna get creamed.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Zarckan

    Fuck me, this is like “State the fucken obvious(tm)” mk. 2

    Yes, 2011, sorted

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    @11 N-Gage FAILED. It failed not because of smartphone stuff, it’s because of piracy that ruined it.
    Piracy killed that thing.
    PSP is in the same shoes, but they still sell something and they can sell well in Japan where people don’t know what is piracy at all.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Boris Fett

    @10 You do realise that if the PSP2 had PS2 compatibility it would basically end up being half the size of your face… right?

    Unless they were downloadable, in which case people would be bitching that 1) They’re not available on the PS3 (which is not going to happen until literally the day the PS2 stops being manufactured) and 2) that you’d have to pay for games you already own all over again.

    @13, the N-Gage failed because it sucked. It was awkward to hold, it looked completely crap, and it played like crap. Oh, and it was barely advertised to boot.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. LockeTribal

    Piracy had nothing (or very little) to do with the demise of the N-Gage. It failed because it was an ugly POS that didn’t work in Japan or on one of the main US networks. Now I’m not in anyway claiming that whatever Sony do eventually come up with will be as poorly conceived as that, but it’s something to consider.

    I just think, personally, that turning the PSP into a smartphone won’t work, mainly because it then becomes a phone that plays games rather than a gaming device, and no amount of aggressive marketing could change that.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @10 PS2 compatibility is for downloading them. It’s possible to do and no one fucking care about: Who bitch.
    Yes, consumer satisfaction is a priority, it’s that no one bitch about PS1 classics.

    + PS2 compatibility is an option. You still can buy PS2 if you want or play Ps2 games on the G O .

    @15 I never said to turn it to smartphone. Read carefully. This is an option. OPTION.
    With this option you can not just sell PSP, but you can stop Apple or other manufactures selling their smartphones or phones.

    for me, for example: I don’t give a fuck about super cool tech IPhones, because i need mobile phone for SMS and calls. Thats it and normal person use mobile phone for that. With that PSP 2 feature i can give a fuck about Nokia or other manufactures.

    +

    @14,15
    Nokia N-Gage failed precisely because of Piracy and i agree that it sucked. I still remember at school someone had N-Gage.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Boris Fett

    Okay then… the N-GAGE failed because of piracy *and* the fact that it sucked in every conceivable fashion.

    #17 5 years ago

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