We all know the PSP2 is coming. It’s a no-brainer and possibly the worst kept secret ever. Yesterday Gavin posted a piece about Sony’s eventual announcement of the PSP2; according to rumours that announcement will be on 27 January 2011. If this is true, then the announcement will come mere days before Nintendo’s 3DS event in Amsterdam, which is when the European and American rollout plans for the 3DS are supposed to be revealed. It seems Sony is not going to give Nintendo a trouble-free launch window in the battle for handheld supremacy.
Now there’s this rumour that’s popped up on the internet: according to Sony, the PSP2 is going to be as powerful as a PS3. This is what the Japanese company is telling the development studios that are getting on board to produce games for the device. That’s not all though: according to website MCV, the PSP2 will have a physical storage medium after all.
The storage medium is unknown for now but Sony has apparently added it to keep retail stores happy. Remember the furore the PSPgo created amongst brick-and-mortar game stores when it launched? Many refused to sell the device simply because the games for it are only distributed online, thereby cutting any sustained revenue stream for retail stores. The physical storage medium is not replacing download-only storage as that feature is apparently still the main focus of the device.
What’s more, according to the same piece on MCV, the PSP2 will launch this festive season but possibly even as early as October 2011.
A PSP2 as powerful as a PS3? It’s a little unbelievable, and when you consider that it’s the manufacturer making these claims, then it gets a little more dicey. Kotaku has pointed out that the original PSP was capable of producing a PS2-like experience on a small scale, so perhaps that is what Sony is getting at? We’ll know more in two weeks if Sony really is making an announcement.
Last Updated: January 13, 2011