Let's Not Talk About The PSP2

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In 2005, Sony released the original PlayStation Portable. Five years have passed, and the handheld has seen various iterations, including a digital-download-only version. It's about time for a new PSP.

You know, a PSP2. There have been rumors that the device exists, but it is still too early for Sony to show it. During this year's Tokyo Game Show, I asked Sony Computer Entertainment exec Shuhei Yoshida about it. The exchange was as follows:

"Another thing I wanted to ask you about was the PSP2."

"Okay," Yoshida replied.

"What's the difference between a PSP and a PSP2?"

"What's a PSP2?" he asked, laughing.

I explained that it would be silly of Sony not to make another PlayStation Portable.

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"You mean," he asked, "like another portable gaming device?"

Yes.

"Personally, I cannot see Sony not making another portable gaming device. I completely agree."

No doubt Sony will make another PlayStation Portable. The platform has been successful, especially in Japan. But what will it be digital-download-only like PSPgo or will it have Sony's UMD format?

"Of course, I am not answering that question," Yoshida replied, all grins. "But as technology and infrastructure improves, digital devices will become a larger part of people's lives."

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Yoshida pointed out that it takes time for hard drive prices to go down and internet to speed to go up. "Then it becomes easier and easier to handle game files."

When Sony launched the original PSP, it was competing with the original Nintendo DS. Now there is the 3D-glasses-free Nintendo 3DS and the iPhone 4. What can Sony do so that it can compete with the iPhone 4 and the Nintendo 3DS?

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"Of course, you know, I won't answer that question. But, if you were to imagine you were part of Sony Computer Entertainment, that you were in our shoes. And you were in the position to give input to the company for a new platform, don't you think that would be a fun job?"

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Dragoonslayer-12
Dragoonslayer-12

Ashcraft, I don't know why you included the iphone 4. Anything that plays primarily casual games, is NOT a gaming device....

I don't know why the industry is concerned with apples attempt to "get into gaming". The iphone cannot deliver psp graphics (which is safe to say, not even a good starting point in this day and age, especially with the 3ds visuals, and what sony original had said what their psp 2 visual requirements must be).

Is nice that square-enix put final fantasy 1, 2, and tactics on the I~~~~, but snes graphics are much smaller in size, and easiar to develop than putting a playstation 2 game on a umd. The only competition nintendo and sony would have with the iphone are pop cap games and game loft games. Cuz really who's going to buy bejeweled for more than $10 on a clunky device that barely gets enough use compared to a more compact, (almost) necessary device.

The day apple shows up at e3 or tgs with a gaming console that can deliver the same thing, even not better than the big boys, then I'll consider apple as a gaming contender. Till then, apples only "gaming" threat is microsoft, and that isn't even till windows mobile 7 releases.

Side note: the ps minis suck in terms of quality, gameplay, length, and ESPECIALLY price. Sony should let the downloaded psp games be FULLY playable on the ps3, WITHOUT use of psp. I believe it boost psp sales tremendously. (Play "x" psp game at home. Gotta go, transfer record, keep it moving. Return home, sit lazy ass on couch "y" feet away comforatbly without being tied to a 6-12 foot cable, which should've been 24 ft.)

Dsi ware games don't even interest me. Nintendo needs to let the virtual console games be playable/downloadable on the dsi/3ds, and add game boy-game boy advance to it aswell (playable on both console and handhelds).