Sony: No plans for 3D in next PSP

Thursday, 24th June 2010 22:11 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Scott Rohde has said Sony doesn’t plan on including 3D in a future version of PSP.

Speaking with IndustryGamers during E3, the worldwide studios VP said there are no plans for the tech, and that PSP2 is not something Sony’s talking about at the moment.

“No, no plans for that,” he said when we asked about 3D for a future PSP, adding that PSP2 was “not something we’re announcing right now. It’s just as simple as that. It’s all I can tell you.”

Kaz Hirai doesn’t seem too impressed with the idea of 3D on handhelds either, telling Sankei Biz earlier in the week that there were limitations with “naked-eye 3D for portables” and claimed systems incorporating it lacked “high precision”.

So, no PSP2 for now let alone one with 3D.

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  1. spiderLAW

    All i read was the title of the article and this was the first thing that came to my mind
    “WHAT THE F**K!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Isuru86

    By fire be purged, Sony !

    #2 5 years ago
  3. cookiejar

    Probably about right, too.

    They want 3D on the PS3 to help shift 3DTV’s, just as they put Blu-ray in the PS3 to shift the media. There’s no need for them to go 3D on PSP2.

    I reckon handheld wise, they will go down with iPhone route with a PSN login, a storefront, and app style downloadable games, as well as ‘full on’ downloadable titles.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Robo_1

    All I’ll say is that if they don’t go with 3D, they better have some pretty jaw dropping alternative features for PSP2. A souped up spec and some iPhone features aren’t going to be enough to compete with either Nintendo or Apple next time out.

    Lead from the front Sony, or forever be stuck playing catch up.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. spiderLAW

    @4 Agreed
    If they dont go 3D. They better come into the game with current gen graphics (or damn near close), hi def play back, O-LED touch sreens, dual analogs, and first & third party support like no other. OH, all that while mainting a good battery life. PSP battery life is its true weakness.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @4 Speaks the truth. Absolutely. There must be something really jaw dropping.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. kingofscotland

    All I read was psp2 getting announced at gamescon or tgs. Not even a denial… How uncorporate

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Robo_1

    I’d like to see them take a risk and do something more off the wall.

    At their CES presser a few years back, I saw Howard Stringer demo a pair of glasses that could receive a video signal. They also demoed a flexible screen which actually bent whilst it ran a film of some sort.

    I’m not saying these ideas are particularly great or that they would make for great PSP2 features, however they do at least show a level of innovation which Sony seem to keep buried. It’s almost as if they lose their bottle when it comes to bringing the fruits of their R&D departments to market, and in the long run it’ll do them no favours, as it’s off the wall thinking and innovation that gets people excited by technology and out there buying it.

    I mean just look at Move, the basic tech for that was ready and being demoed to the press years before the Wii hit the market, but they canned it in favour of going down the safer route and just making PS3 a spec monster. If they’d have released that as a PS2 peripheral it would have seriously stolen the Wii’s thunder, and possibly kept the PS2 selling in even higher numbers for a lot longer, given just how successful motion controls have been.

    Roll the dice Sony, it’s not done your competition any harm. :)

    #8 5 years ago
  9. onlineatron


    Sony will study the 3DS and ‘borrow’ elements such as the 3D, gyroscope and touch screen for their next handheld.

    Couple that with PS2+ level graphics, HDD and PSN proprietary framework and they COULD be on to a winner.

    Granted they get dev support.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Dralen

    This has to be a lie. Especially, considering how hard Sony has been pushing 3D lately.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Bleak Harvest

    3DS has already won, guys. Sony should cower into a corner with the hand-held market now.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    :D @ 11.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Blerk

    No 3D in the next PSP?!


    #13 5 years ago
  14. 2plus2equals5

    3ds is even stronger than ds.
    For psp2 sony have to invent something that destroys naked eye 3d(3ds is nothing more than a ds with 3d and psp graphics), but i don’t know what…
    2 analog sticks, games in memory sticks or similar, near ps3 graphic, great battery and psp compatibility would be a good start, but psp2 needs something very special!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    ^ Ah, you mean find an even bigger gimmick. ;)

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Gadzooks!

    Sony need to do something other than bringing home console games out on a piddly little screen with bad controls.

    This is why Nintendo own the handheld market, they make games for handhelds, not squished console games.

    With 3DS they will make handheld games that utilise 3D and motion tech in a meaningful way, unlike Sony who would make the same squished console games but happen to be in 3D and have some stupid sixxaxis style gimmick motion control in a few awkard moments.

    A prime example is Killzone 2 – turn the controller to open the gate. It’s awkward and unncecessary and lessens the game by its inclusion.

    Sony just dont seem to understand the distinction between home console and handheld, and constantly include buzzword technology in thier hardware without any idea on how to use it properly.

    Some forward thinking is required. Whoever pulls the strings at Sony is too deeply rooted in the past and is unable to adapt.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Gheritt White

    The only thing that we can be certain about the PSP2 is the fact it’ll launch with an absolutely whopping price-point.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. DrDamn

    I think that pretty much sums up what Sony did wrong with the PSP – I share your pessimism that they will correct it with PSP2 as well.

    “With 3DS they will make handheld games that utilise 3D and motion tech” – be interesting to see if they can use both at the same time. Given the restrictions of the screen in terms of viewing position using both techs might not work so well.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    “Some forward thinking is required. Whoever pulls the strings at Sony is too deeply rooted in the past and is unable to adapt.”

    Yeah, because if Nintendo showed us anything at E3 with their stunning collection of SNES games and console ports on 3DS (oh look, “squished console games”), its that they’re looking to the future. ;)

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Kerplunk

    The PSP very much shows that Nintendo do not ‘own’ the handheld market. No other handheld held significant market share against Nintendo in this area prior to the PSP.

    I don’t think Sony will find much value in pushing a 3D handheld. 3D on a console leverages sales of 3D TVs – a market that Sony obviously have an active interest in. A handheld won’t do this for them. By contrast, Nintendo pushing 3D in games helps legitimise its presence in the mainstream which, if they’re smart, Sony will exploit indirectly.

    I’m sure, however, if Sony do something with 3D in a handheld they’ll be damned for doing it and, if they don’t, they’ll be damned for not doing it.

    All that matters are the games.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Gadzooks!


    Nintendo have a proven track record of capitalising on new technology in innovative ways through software. There will be plenty of good non-gimmicky uses of 3D on the 3DS I’m quite sure.


    You are probably right about not being able to use motion tech and 3D at the same time, mainly due to the narrow viewing angle of the 3D screen. We’ll see though. Nintendo have a tendency to surprise with thier software.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Gekidami

    There isnt much you can do with 3D, its just a visual effect. It’ll have the same use on 3DS as it does on any other platform.

    I like how you assume Sony who are pretty well known for having the most innovating and highest rated first party studios in the business will be incapable of doing anything of interest on their next handheld. Though coming from you i’m not surprised.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. DaMan

    er, right, they will port Ico to psp.

    agreed with #21, Sony have no track record of innovating on handhelds.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Gadzooks!


    “There isnt much you can do with 3D, its just a visual effect.”

    That’s exactly the kind of uninspired thinking I’m talking about.

    “Sony who are pretty well known for having the most innovating and highest rated first party studios in the business”

    Um.. excuse me? They make some great games, yes. But with the exceptions a couple tech demos like Flower they have brought absolutely nothing innovative to gaming for a very very long time.

    HD remakes, more and more pixles, clones of popular franchises, clones of popular online systems, clones of popular hardware addons, yes. Innovation? Nothing of the sort.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Gekidami

    ^ All of that applies to Nintendos games to, nothing but rehashes of old concepts.

    But anyway, i’m not going to argue with the ‘anti-Sony’ crowd who see fault in everything Sony does and instantly declare any of their games and hardware uninteresting ‘but totally arent fanboys because they own both systems and like think this one game is ok, derp derp’.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Gadzooks!


    “^ All of that applies to Nintendos games to, nothing but rehashes of old concepts.”

    You couldnt be more wrong. Wii Sports is the freshest thing to hit gaming since.. well since ever really, and there are many many DS games that make genuinely good use of both dual screens and stylus control. This is why they are number one in the world, completely unopposed.

    “But anyway, i’m not going to argue with the ‘anti-Sony’ crowd who see fault in everything Sony does and instantly declare any of their games and hardware uninteresting”

    You have very selective reading my friend.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    The better stuff Sony have done recently which distinguishes them is around the Play, Create, Share idea – I wouldn’t call it innovative, but the approach and value they put on the idea is commendable.

    Using 3D in unexpected ways is something difficult to imagine – but there are ideas out there. It is just a 2D scene extrapolated but when combined with other available interfaces (PSEye, touch screen, Move) you can at least bring about some different experiences. Head tracking in combination with 3D TV is meant to be very impressive.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Gadzooks!


    LBP is about as close to innovation as Sony have come in recent years. It’s not true innovation because physics based games and level creators have been around for donkeys years, but it is put together very well and more flexible than pretty much anything that preceeded it.

    Actually, thinking about it Nintendo, or at least a game on a Ninty platform have already brought fresh new 3D ideas to the DS without even having a true 3D screen. There is a game where headtracking is used to give a perspective 3D effect and there are perspective puzzles, like moving the DS around to get two object aligned, which dissapear tetris-style to reveal more puzzle elements.

    Simple, clever, innovative. Very Nintendo.

    I wish the 3DS would hurry up, I feel wierd praising Ninty so much and not owning any hardware of theirs! :D

    #28 5 years ago

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