Rumor: Sony Making PSP2 Announcement ASAP

Rumor: Sony Making PSP2 Announcement ASAP

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The PSP2 might be announced sooner than anyone expected.

With PSP2 rumors running rampant in 2010, the big question was: When would Sony finally announce it? According to unnamed sources, as soon as the end of January 2011.

MCV and VG247 both claim that sources have confirmed that a PSP2 announcement is coming on January 27. On that date, Sony is holding a press event in Tokyo, also referred to as a "business overview and strategy meeting." At this meeting, the PSP2 will reportedly be unveiled at last.

The PSP2's existence was first revealed by Mortal Kombat reboot studio NetherRealm. Rumors about the system have been trickling out gradually, including alleged images and hardware specs that make the PSP2 out to be nearly as powerful as a PlayStation 3.

Game publishers were evidently informed in late 2010 about Sony's plan to announce its new handheld at the end of January. If the PSP2 is released in 2011, it'll go up against Nintendo's new 3DS, which is also said to be somewhat of a powerhouse and outputs 3D images with no glasses. The 3DS is scheduled for release in Japan on February 26, with North American and European release dates expected to be announced on January 19.

The console war between the big three might be settling down, but it's looking like 2011 will be the year of the great next-gen handheld battle instead. For everybody's wallet's sake, lets hope Microsoft stays out of it.

Sources: VG247, MCV

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When IS it coming out? I've been saving for a PSP of my own before I head back to Aussie. Which is next month...

Could be cool to see, it makes sense since Nintendo is moving forward rapidly with their next handheld. Sony would want to follow and stay with it.

I've been wanting a PSP sometime, mainly to play the Metal Gear games.

Since this has been accidentially annouced what... twice now? i would think they would at least offically confirm the thing exists or hurry up with their showy launch event or whatever.

PSP2 had better not be the PSP phone or else i think Sony may have sunk their own battleship. N-Gage anyone? No?

Id buy it if it had two control sticks and lets me play past psp games.

Maybe they'll throw in a PSPGo for free.

Although that'd probably lead to lower sales.

Wait. A PSP that has graphics similar to those of a PS3?

People are already complaining about how much the 3DS MIGHT cost, what makes people think a PSP with PS3 graphics will go for anything less or, for that matter, the same? To run graphics similar to the PS3's they'd need to have a steeper cost than the 3DS's to support the production values.

And next they'll announce the PSP phone whenever leaked PS4 details are running rampant.

BrunDeign:
Wait. A PSP that has graphics similar to those of a PS3?

People are already complaining about how much the 3DS MIGHT cost, what makes people think a PSP with PS3 graphics will go for anything less or, for that matter, the same? To run graphics similar to the PS3's they'd need to have a steeper cost than the 3DS's to support the production values.

The PSP2 likely won't have a bluray drive, which would cut a giant chunk out of the unit's price.

megs1120:

BrunDeign:
Wait. A PSP that has graphics similar to those of a PS3?

People are already complaining about how much the 3DS MIGHT cost, what makes people think a PSP with PS3 graphics will go for anything less or, for that matter, the same? To run graphics similar to the PS3's they'd need to have a steeper cost than the 3DS's to support the production values.

The PSP2 likely won't have a bluray drive, which would cut a giant chunk out of the unit's price.

But how much? Original PS3 cost about 600 dollars. Cut out the bluray and possibly the hard drive (who knows how big the hard drive could be) and how much would that leave? I doubt cutting out the bluray alone would cut the price in half.

I hope the PSP2 and PSphone are not one and the same, but otherwise, this is good news...
But I doubt I'll be getting it straight away. I'm still fairly content with my PSP 1000.

I'm defiantly getting this if it has 2 analog sticks. The only problem this could have is if the battery life is crap, as it is supposedly so powerful.

Numachuka:
I'm defiantly getting this if it has 2 analog sticks. The only problem this could have is if the battery life is crap, as it is supposedly so powerful.

Indeed. I'd love a handheld that features a second analog stick. As for the battery life...hm, I'd say 3 hours if the hardware specs are indeed as powerful as the rumors claim.

Didn't the original PSP fail bad enough for you to give up on handhelds Sony?

if it's nearly as powerful as the PS3, we may get to play ps2 games on it :D

smithy_2045:
Didn't the original PSP fail bad enough for you to give up on handhelds Sony?

You can't really say it "failed." It still sold somewhat well even though it didn't sell nearly as well as the DS. I guess, when compared to the DS, yes it was a failure but only in that sense.

PSP Go on the other hand...

I'm really excited about this because all in all the PSP was not a failure but whenever comparing anything to something as hugely selling as DS will make anything seem like a failure. I also really hope this drastically lowers prices of PSP-3000 because I haven't got one or any other PSP, and won't be getting 3DS (Never get anything on day one and there'll be a new version by January next year I think and the original 3DS will be cheap).

Instead of this, why don't they just make their phone capable of playing these games, or make the psp2 able to make phone calls.

smithy_2045:
Didn't the original PSP fail bad enough for you to give up on handhelds Sony?

Obviously not, and if everyone just rolled over and took it in the ass when they failed they wouldn't learn from it and do better next time.

BrunDeign:
Wait. A PSP that has graphics similar to those of a PS3?

People are already complaining about how much the 3DS MIGHT cost, what makes people think a PSP with PS3 graphics will go for anything less or, for that matter, the same? To run graphics similar to the PS3's they'd need to have a steeper cost than the 3DS's to support the production values.

I doubt it would be $1,000... a PS3 wasn't even that much when it came out.

Meh, the reason I bought a PSP first time around was for emulation.

Now that my phone can do that, I'm not interested.

Actually the original PSP didn't fail, it simply didn't succeed to the point of the DS. I think people confuse "not being #1" with failure, it sold millions of units apparently.

Now, the problem with the PSP2 is that it's pretty much pushing the elements of the PSP that failed. Apparently the system is not going to use any physical media like UMDs and rely totally on online digital downloads. A sound desician from Sony's perspective due to all the money that can be made that way, but not a sound desician from the perspective of the users, who want their physical media. You look at the PSPGo which WAS an epic failure and you can see the problems with their strategy.

The UMD also failed apparently because it's frankly a very annoying format for portable discs, both being relatively fragile, and fairly bulky. I think the DS succeeded in part because it had physical media in a format small enough and durable enough where you could put 4 games lin a little case and stick it in your pocket alongside the DS and then effectibely have 4 games with you. Both the PSP and it's media are bulky enough where they are far less easily portable, etc... That said it still did fairly well in it's original form.

To really succeed I think what Sony needs to do actually is find a differant physical media format, and reduce the overall size of their portable. From what I've seen of the PSP-2 it does neither of these things, and will probably fail due to allgedly being entirely digital like the GO was due to there being few customer benefits, the trade off of not having to carry media disks/chips/cartridges overcome by having no physical product that you have control over.

mattttherman3:
Instead of this, why don't they just make their phone capable of playing these games, or make the psp2 able to make phone calls.

one word... N-Gage.

OP: I hope they announce it soon, but it had better be UMD compatible! Because I like buying discount games, and the ps store kinda sucks price wise.

*cough*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSfpArW7Ic4&feature=player_embedded

You guys late for the rumor party or what?

WaffleGod:
*cough*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSfpArW7Ic4&feature=player_embedded

You guys late for the rumor party or what?

That's the PS Phone. Not the PSP2. After the N-Gage, no-one's silly enough to dedicate a phone as a gaming device. Apple are succeeding as their platform is iOS.

Calumon: Yay! Consoles hurt me but stuff in handheld things are nice! :D

the name.....it hurts!

I love how people use things like n-gage and virtual boy as if they're concrete counterpoints to the PSPhone and 3ds. Because, obviously, once something has been done, however shoddily, and failed in the past, it can never ever succeed again for the rest of time no matter how competent the next people are to try it. ...right?

BrunDeign:

megs1120:

BrunDeign:
Wait. A PSP that has graphics similar to those of a PS3?

People are already complaining about how much the 3DS MIGHT cost, what makes people think a PSP with PS3 graphics will go for anything less or, for that matter, the same? To run graphics similar to the PS3's they'd need to have a steeper cost than the 3DS's to support the production values.

The PSP2 likely won't have a bluray drive, which would cut a giant chunk out of the unit's price.

But how much? Original PS3 cost about 600 dollars. Cut out the bluray and possibly the hard drive (who knows how big the hard drive could be) and how much would that leave? I doubt cutting out the bluray alone would cut the price in half.

Blu-ray drives now days are less than $50, burners are less than $150, thing have come way down since the PS3 was released. 7200RPM 500GB 2.5inch HDDs are less than $100 and 7200RPM 1.5TB 3.5's are less than $100, SSDs are still expensive as hell.

I digress, remember that "PS3 graphics" on a 3inch 320x240 screen isn't hard. Even if they upgrade to a 480P screen it's not difficult to scale match the graphics to a 3inch screen.

I can see a custom board with new omap/atom processors doing 1.5-2ghz (sony probably developed their own new chip with IBM again, and 1GHz would be more than twice the power of a psp-3000), 32-60GB of flash storage (which they could toss for a microSD with support up to 64GB to drop $100 off the price), and 1GB RAM for around 450-600 depending on how much of a profit Sony wants to make on the console alone, if they sale at a loss then around $400. If they drop internal storage for microSD then $350.

They could probably make these at $250-$300ea/1k units before storage is added in. I expect something great compared with what is currently available.

Therumancer:
Actually the original PSP didn't fail, it simply didn't succeed to the point of the DS. I think people confuse "not being #1" with failure, it sold millions of units apparently.

Now, the problem with the PSP2 is that it's pretty much pushing the elements of the PSP that failed. Apparently the system is not going to use any physical media like UMDs and rely totally on online digital downloads. A sound desician from Sony's perspective due to all the money that can be made that way, but not a sound desician from the perspective of the users, who want their physical media. You look at the PSPGo which WAS an epic failure and you can see the problems with their strategy.

The UMD also failed apparently because it's frankly a very annoying format for portable discs, both being relatively fragile, and fairly bulky. I think the DS succeeded in part because it had physical media in a format small enough and durable enough where you could put 4 games lin a little case and stick it in your pocket alongside the DS and then effectibely have 4 games with you. Both the PSP and it's media are bulky enough where they are far less easily portable, etc... That said it still did fairly well in it's original form.

To really succeed I think what Sony needs to do actually is find a differant physical media format, and reduce the overall size of their portable. From what I've seen of the PSP-2 it does neither of these things, and will probably fail due to allgedly being entirely digital like the GO was due to there being few customer benefits, the trade off of not having to carry media disks/chips/cartridges overcome by having no physical product that you have control over.

I read somewhere that they where gonna put the games on memory sticks instead of just pure digital download but I can't remember where, not sure if it's true or someone didn't get there facts right which is hope is true. Pure digital would be completely retarded and they shoulda learned that by GO already.

If the thing can emulate PS2 games, along with PS1 and retro compatibility with past PSP games and happens to have great games of it's own, then I may consider getting one of those instead of a 3DS.

I wouldn't mind if the games are distributed only in digital form, I don't have a PSP, so I would start from scratch, also I think it would be more convinient than carrying around those ugly disc thingys. It's already pretty annoying to carry more than 2 or 3 games for the DS.

...You BASTARDS! D<

I'm pretty sure that Sony-Erickson is not the same corporate entity that makes the PSP - the PSP phone is a completely different beast from this thing. There was also a rumour out not long ago that claimed that the PSP2 was on par with an XBox360, which would certainly be something to behold. At least it would be if it didn't light you on fire with the heat dissipation issues that they'd have to get around...

@twistedheat15 - I also heard that PSP2 games were going to be on memory sticks instead of UMDs and I also can't remember where; maybe we read the same news sites. I tend to think it was on PSLS, but I can't remember where they might have linked it from.

BrunDeign:
Wait. A PSP that has graphics similar to those of a PS3?

People are already complaining about how much the 3DS MIGHT cost, what makes people think a PSP with PS3 graphics will go for anything less or, for that matter, the same? To run graphics similar to the PS3's they'd need to have a steeper cost than the 3DS's to support the production values.

Would be hard to sale a handheld that costs 300$ or more. Especialy if the PS3's cheaper then it by the time it's released.

Well I hope it's true, I'd just like to see this thing revealed already and put an end to all the silly rumors and junk. Only way this system will piss me off is if it's digital distribution only; and that is very unlikely. I expect the battery life to be around the same as the current PSP or even the 3DS given the power of these new handhelds.

Just please go, have some sort of backwards compatibility be it built in UMD drive, option to convert our games to ISOs (very unlikely due to all the problems it poses), or even some sort of UMD drive add-on you can buy separately.

 

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