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Rumor: “Numerous” devs working with PSP2, prepping “significant” launch line-up

Tuesday, 28th September 2010 05:32 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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The bell’s tolling. The fat lady’s singing. Somewhere, a PSP squirrel is squeezing out a single badly drawn tear.

Farewell, PSP. You’ll always be in our hear– well, hello there, hot stuff. You say your name’s PSP2? Want to, we don’t know, get a coffee or something? You know, it’s been rumored that you have a touch screen. Maybe we could have a look at it?

According “multiple industry sources” that spoke with Develop, Sony’s making a major push with its still unannounced PSP2 hardware. Nope – turns out that the presumably powerful portable’s launch won’t just consist of a single, incredibly lonely Mortal Kombat title.

Instead, Sony’s shooting for a “significant launch window line-up” – hopefully putting a premature end to the console-maker’s dubious tradition of slow starts and proclamations of RIIIIIIIDGE RACER that still echo around the Internet to this very day. Apparently, “numerous” developers – both third-party and in-house – are currently in possession of PSP2 hardware.

Here’s hoping we’ll have something to feast our detail-starved eyes on soon. Otherwise, we might have to start working our seductive magic on other portable game consoles. Hey, 3DS, you doing anything this weekend?

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  1. polygem

    Wohaa. I’d love a ridge racer as a launch title. One of my all time favorite psp games. 6 was ok, 7 sucked (i don’t want tuning in rr. That was annoying. rr is an arcade racer. It should have lots of tracks and nitro thats all). on psp – awesome.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    “significant launch window line-up” – They looked at the Nintendo and said: WHOA, WTF? So much? We must do it too.

    Great decision, but i hope it will be not like smoke and mirrors like when Ninty started to announce titles that are not at the launch. But just titles that are in production. Everyone can make that.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Dannybuoy

    PSP2is going to have to be pretty special to compete with 3DS. I imagine the graphics will be on par with PS3/360 so that will be the advantage over 3DS as the graphics still look pretty crud. Maybe I need to see them in 3D. Still not made up my mind as to which I’d get. Maybe neither.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    BTW, i remember Pat promised something about PSP2, or is it over for now? :3

    #4 4 years ago
  5. mojo

    Pat also promised a major update for the sites backend. That was at least one year ago..

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Do we trust Sony not to stick a completely ridiculous price tag on this thing, though?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @6 It’s Sony. They always make overpriced products, but they are always top Notch. So i don’t care.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    If the 3DS really is coming in at 200 Euros then they can’t go much higher than that or they’re dead off the starting line. They’re already going to be fighting an almost unwinnable battle, and significantly higher specs didn’t help them out last time around.

    I’d rather they reigned in the tech and kept the price down and the battery life high.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Crysis

    I want to see the actual psp2 console & features, i’m really intrigued about it, but knowing Sony, it’s going to have a ridiculous RRP & i’m not willing to spend over $300(AUD) for any portable device, the PSP 3000 is still selling @ $269 & the GO is $359, unfortunately, i think it’s price may reach $499 so maybe 300 Pounds.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    I’d love to see Sony do something new and different here but I’m guessing we’ll see a handheld with some decent specs, launch titles which look great but miss the point of handheld gaming, a high-ish price tag and an as yet undisclosed gimmick. Please prove me wrong Sony. It would bode well for having learned some lessons for the eventual PS4.

    When do we think this will be announced? A spoilerific special event around the launch time of the 3DS in Japan?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. 2plus2equals5

    @8: I don’t think it’s a lost fight.
    Remember that at the launch of the ds nintendo counted 80 millions of gba users, the psp instead had to earn every single user of that 60 millions of people that buy it.
    Can the 3ds really make a lot better than the ds? Everyone in Japan have a ds!
    The psp2 starts with 60 millions of psp users, so i think that the psp2 at the end will be the second but with a smaller difference.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. polygem

    if it will be a true portable ps3 – like a mini ps3 with 2 analog sticks of course…all upcoming AAA ps3 titles on the psp2 / same versions with same graphics etc. i´d be very interested (at least in the sony exclusives – everything else will be played on 360, because it´s my console of choice). but i doubt that this will be possible, also they always come up with different games to justify the “on the go attitude” – shorter games, shorter missions etc. especially made for handhelds…..i´d just like to lie on the couch once in a while playing a full console game on a handheld system…it´s just different than playing it on the telli. i like it. a lot. but the hardware today just sucks. ds: kids stuff – iphone: good for phonecalls and music but gaming? come on, no way! psp: was so cool at launch – had awesome games, today it´s just boring…ms: fuck zune. create a true handheld system and make me want it.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. frostquake

    What is Numerous? 10? 15? 20? 100? Oh, 100 that would be sweet! ;)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Psychotech

    whoever really believes that the psp2 they’re making may be on par with ps3/360 graphics is delusional.it doesn’t make sense it kills the whole purpose of ps3.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. KrazyKraut

    Bill Ritch will say:”famous battles which actually took place in ancient Rome. Here you can see roman soldiers fighting with big laser guns.”

    #15 4 years ago
  16. 2plus2equals5

    The psp2 i want is a psp with:
    -games in flash memories or similar
    -ps1, psp and possibly ps2 backward compatible
    -better battery
    -2 sticks
    -480p resolution(not too much, not too low)
    -an external umd reader accessory
    -16/32 gb of storage
    -obviously better performances(i heard xbox1 level)
    -price not too high
    -iphone-like sdk policy

    Other things like cams, accelerometers are welcome but not necessary, avoid touchscreen and phone functions.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. onlineatron

    The first positive thing i’ve heard about PSP2.

    Granted I haven’t seen the ‘on the back’ touch controls, but they sound like a bad idea.

    If Sony realises the PSP failed(ish) due to lack of killer-apps then the PSP2 should have a better chance.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    @17 PSP sold for 62 million. How is this possibly a failure for their first handheld?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Quiiick

    @ 14 (Psychotech)

    It actually does make sense!

    It may not happen with the upcoming PSP2 but it will happen 2-3 years down the road.

    Sony may have regarded the iPhone as a strong competitor to the PSP and they tried to address this problem with the PSP-go and the PSP Minis. With little success.

    But the real competition for Sony’s PSP (and frankly the entire Playstation family) are future iPads!

    That’s why I believe Sony will create a combined Playstation 4/ PSP3 containing a 7″ display, which can also be hooked up (wireless) to the HD-display in your living room.

    Graphical power of this device will come from a new CELL-CPU and will be on par with PS3 or even a little better (because this device will probably have more RAM than the PS3 now).

    So my guess is that the upcoming PS4 is essentially a
    - controller (gyro, accelerometer, 2 thumb-sticks/nubs, 2 shoulder-buttons)
    - handheld console (7″ screen),
    - next-gen console,
    - audio/video phone
    all in 1 box!

    And the size of this “all in 1″-wonder won’t be much bigger then, say, the now available “Samsung GALAXY Tab”.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. pspgamer01

    @19
    I HOPE you’re WRONG!!!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. undeadwolfy

    @20 so do i please god no. I dont want anything to be like what Apple is releasing. Thats why Apple is there. To release yearly itterations of their hardware and only add changes which have been available years before. Sony are all about quality and i dont want a fucking iPad to play my ps3 games on… I dont think anybody would be able to afford it anyway.

    @16 agreed…but come on..gotta have cameras on both sides and a microphone so there is at least Skype support. Then the “It only does everything” line could work with the PSP.

    ahh the PSP2 – Sony Make.Believe :D

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Quiiick

    @ undeadwolfy

    It’s not about being anything to what Apple is releasing. Apple just happened to be the first in this market of slate/tablet/pad/(name it what you like)-form factor.

    It’s the future of hand-held computing, like it or not!

    And Sony won’t be stupid enough to let this opportunity slip.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. sebbie16

    All I really ask for is backwards compatibility with PSP/UMD. If it requires an accessory, so be it.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. NightCrawler1970

    Any specs before i buy it?

    like a bunch of internet cache up to 4GB or more, because 2GB is little less to browse, and a better browser, with adobe flash player.

    #24 4 years ago