Rumor – PSP2 to have similar CPU and GPU of Apple’s next-gen iPhone and iPad

Tuesday, 25th January 2011 19:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Sources close to French site have handed it some information on Sony’s PSP2, based on the handheld’s development kit, and the specs claim the portable will be using almost the same CPU & GPU combination as the rumored next iteration of iPad and iPhone.

According to the specs, Apple plans to use ARM Cortex A9 and the PowerVR SGX543 MP2 its next hardware models, and this is the same quad-core GPU size rumored for the PSP2. This would put all three systems on the same footing as the other.

Here’s a list of the specs for further clarification, some of these are known already:

  • Screen: 5″ OLED multi-touch screen
  • Control: A Multi-touch trackpad (rumored to be on the rear of the unit), four face buttons, two shoulder buttons, two analog sticks, directional pad
  • Resolution: 960 x 544
  • CPU: Quad-core ARM Cortex A9
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX 543 MP4+
  • RAM: 1GB LPDDR2 in the Debug unit, with 512 MB possible in the retail unit
  • Storage: 16GB flash internal (like the PSP Go) and an SD slot
  • Connectivity: Wi-fi, 3G, and Bluetooth
  • Extras: Accelerometer, GPS, gyroscope, and two cameras: one front-facing and one rear-facing

According to the source, the new PSP will not be as wide, but longer than the current model, and have four times the resolution as the original PSP.

The rumors surrounding PSP2 and the PSP Phone are getting more fevered leading up to Thursday’s Sony Meeting in Japan.

It would be nice to know all about both rumored systems by the end of the week, however, Bloomberg has reported Sony will announce its PS Phone at the Mobile World Congress in February, so we’ll likely have to wait on that little nugget.

Thanks: Industry Gamers, NeoGAF.



  1. Crysis

    Like to know what format Sony will use for retail, Wouldn’t be surprised if it were based on Sony’s Memory Stick.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. 2plus2equals5

    Another rumor, i can’ t wait! XD
    I was hoping for a 4 cores mini cell, but it’s ok.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. nofear360

    Can’t wait to see this thing! The anticipation is killing :/

    #3 4 years ago
  4. justiceblob

    They need 32 GB of memory for this surely? They can’t expect you to carry around your movie, music and game collection on 16 GB? (I am aware there is an SD card slot, but STILL)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. 2plus2equals5

    My bet is that the psp2 will have models with different hd size.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Yeah, very nice specs for the portable device. Expect Uncharted game on that system.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. lexph3re

    As long as it has built in 3G I don’t care how much it is. That’s all I want in it, not for phone capabilities but online play and quick pstore access!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. onlineatron


    They need to give consumers some incentive to buy the expandable memory cards. 16gb seems the right size for internal memory.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. ruckus

    Man! So an iPhones as powerful as my PS3… :/

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Goffee

    Doubt it’s true as Apple always monopolise demand amd choke the supply chain. Sony could never make enough units to sell using the same chips

    #10 4 years ago
  11. rainer

    There is a danger people will get confused calling them similar or the same, Arm licenses out it’s designs so anyone can build their own variant Arm CPU.

    Apples A5 CPU will be Cortex A9 based but it will not be the same as whatever comes in the PSP2 which although Cortex A9 based could have completely different performance characteristics with different trade offs for power/performance.

    Apple’s Arm system on chip is developed in house whereas Sony could have developed in house or contracted third party to develop it.

    Arm chip supply will not be a problem but the OLED screen will be if true, those are difficult to manufacture in mass quantities.

    #11 4 years ago

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