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Tage
02-26-2009, 12:24 PM
Ah, it's funny how rumors get started--and this one is truly back-channel if there ever was a back-channel rumor.
http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/bto/20090202/psp2concept2_270x304.jpgOne of the concept designs for the PSP2.
(Credit: Joe Thomas and Rocco Devenanzio (http://www.youlovejoe.com/))
Kotaku is reporting (http://kotaku.com/5160033/rumor-psp-2-wont-have-umd-drive) that a developer at Acclaim, David Perry, wrote this message on his Facebook and Twitter accounts:
"I hear Sony FINALLY has the PSP 2. And thank goodness, they've removed the stupid battery-sucking UMD disc drive. I'm excited!"
Now that message is rapidly making its way through the blogosphere. Of course, it's unclear what it means exactly. As Kotaku says, no one knows if Perry has seen the new PlayStation Portable or is "just hearing rumors through the development community."
At the same time, it wouldn't be surprising if Sony were to shift away from a cumbersome optical disc system and move completely to flash memory storage (Memory Stick Pro Duo) and digital downloads via the PlayStation Network Store. Kotaku does bring up a good point in wondering how such a device would be backward-compatible (perhaps if you have the UMD, you'd be allowed to download a digital version of the same game?).
While there's been a lot of chatter lately about a totally new PSP system, it's still up in the air whether the next version will be a complete redesign (a true PSP2) or just another another incremental upgrade to something that would be called the PSP-4000 (we're on PSP-3000 right now).
Kotaku and others are pointing to E3 in early June as a moment that would be ripe for a PSP2 announcement--which does seem logical. However, I for one hope it will do a lot more (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-18438_7-10154775-82.html) than play games.
As always, feel free to comment.
Update: Kotaku has some new quotes from Perry, who claims the PSP2 is indeed real and could hit this fall (http://kotaku.com/5160320/perry-psp-2-is-real-could-hit-this-fall). I'm sure Sony isn't all that happy to have a developer leaking unverified information--but we don't mind.





http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10171864-1.html

IrOnMaN
02-26-2009, 12:56 PM
Hmm....I don't like the camera in the back.

Tyler Durden
02-26-2009, 10:39 PM
I've never been a hand held fan, I got a DS lie but itrs gathering dust.
It looks nice though, The camera would be a good idea if it could work its way into certain games or something. If thats at all possible

shaolinsword
03-02-2009, 05:34 PM
That camera looks pretty tacky tbh, found some more rumoured details;

According to unnamed developers, Sony is readying a new iteration of its PlayStation Portable. Whether you call it the PSP 2 or PSP-4000, the rumored new version sounds like the most radical change to date.

That's because it's going to drop the battery-draining, bulk-adding UMD drive, according to word from Acclaim chief creative officer David Perry. Similar rumblings from Eurogamer say that Sony has dropped the UMD reader, adding a "sliding screen" that may mean a more compact piece of hardware.

Citing an anonymous "development source close to Sony," Eurogamer also says that the next PSP—which Sony may opt to simply call the PSP-4000—will arrive with games that can be played using only the shoulder buttons for playing while the sliding screen is in its closed position.

Eurogamer points to titles like LocoRoco for the PSP that could be played using only those buttons, but that game does use one of the face buttons for gameplay. The outlet mentions that "most controls will be inaccessible" while closed.

The new PSP is speculated to hit later this year.

http://kotaku.com/5162884/rumor-more-details-on-the-next-psp

Drunken Monk
03-02-2009, 05:35 PM
looks good