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PSP 2: The Rumor That Wouldn't Die

Note to Sony: If you're planning to announce this thing, you should probably do it soon, before Anonymous Sources beat you to it.

Kind of do want?
It's only been a few weeks since the last round of insistent rumors about a new PSP forthcoming from Sony, and last time you'll remember no less a developer than Dave Perry weighed in on the new handheld hardware. Note that's not just yet another minor update to the existing format--a PSP 4000, if you will--but a redesign the rumor mill has deemed thorough enough to dub this thing the PSP 2.

Now Pocket Gamer is here with more word of a new-new PSP from everyone's favorite wily insider Anonymous Source, who the site insists this time is not Dave Perry. The report offers confirmation of a litany of new details on the platform, including:

  • Full-system touch screen that slides back to reveal controls, including
  • Dual analog joysticks (cue fanfare)
  • No UMD drive
  • Download-only game service, including full PSP games and lighter, iPhone-style fare
  • Release by holiday 2009

The story concludes with the obvious assumption that Sony will announce all of this business at E3 in early June. Most exciting thing about a potential PSP 2 announcement to me? Not having to report PSP 2 rumors anymore.
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Posted by Brad
Kind of do want?
It's only been a few weeks since the last round of insistent rumors about a new PSP forthcoming from Sony, and last time you'll remember no less a developer than Dave Perry weighed in on the new handheld hardware. Note that's not just yet another minor update to the existing format--a PSP 4000, if you will--but a redesign the rumor mill has deemed thorough enough to dub this thing the PSP 2.

Now Pocket Gamer is here with more word of a new-new PSP from everyone's favorite wily insider Anonymous Source, who the site insists this time is not Dave Perry. The report offers confirmation of a litany of new details on the platform, including:

  • Full-system touch screen that slides back to reveal controls, including
  • Dual analog joysticks (cue fanfare)
  • No UMD drive
  • Download-only game service, including full PSP games and lighter, iPhone-style fare
  • Release by holiday 2009

The story concludes with the obvious assumption that Sony will announce all of this business at E3 in early June. Most exciting thing about a potential PSP 2 announcement to me? Not having to report PSP 2 rumors anymore.
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Posted by Scorched

interesting

Posted by roofy

im loving that concept art that they made.

looks like something i would love to own

Posted by ColumnBreaker

Too little too late, isn't the PSP hemorrhaging money now anyway?

Posted by Al3xand3r

You didn't have to report this rumour either, you know.

Posted by LiveOrDie1212

dude, that looks awesome. if the real thing happen to look like that one in the picture, im sold.

Posted by Barrier

hrrmmmmm.   go on...

Posted by albedos_shadow

If this is real and it looks like that concept art, count me in.

Posted by Rinkalicous

Is it just me, or does it look very very breakable? At the very least, that screen is going to take a beating without some protection, much like my psp 1's screen did. Admittedly, I shouldn't have put it in the same pocket as my keys, but I'm so used to the 'clam' design of the DS and GBASP now, I don't think about things like that.

Posted by Schadenfreude

Download only is total BS.

Posted by lamegame621

Sounds better than their current version.

Posted by OmegaPirate

Dude i would be ALL over that- say what you want about sony hardware, it always looks sexy :D


I still rock my launch psp and love it to bits -  however i really wish theyd just announec a psp2 or dismiss it totally, i wanna upgrade, but aint gonna touch a 3/4000  if this is coming out soon
Posted by neoepoch

Why would you release the PSP2 THIS HOLIDAY without announcing it with plenty of time to build up hype? Even if you announce it during E3 there is only 6 months to build hype. The PS3, Wii, 360, PSP, and original DS had way more time than this after announcement.

Posted by brocool

id buy it

Edited by Cazamalos

sony have already say that this is BS....jesuschrist WHAT NOW? A MGS4 FOR 360???

Posted by AgentJ

Won't buy it since i JUST got a regular PSP ($10), but that concept art sure looks nice.

Edited by Death_Burnout

Yeah i'd buy that. If that was it, it looks like more PSP screen nightmares, though it looks like it has a scratch resistant screen, which is needed for something like that!

Posted by Tarakun

Hmmm, I don't know about this. That screen looks like it would get scratched up bad. It is just concept art though. I think it would need to be a clamshell and if it did have a touch screen, it needs a stylus. I'm sick of this trend Apple started that convinced everyone that touch screens don't need styli (?). Touch controls work fine but they need to be precise!

Honestly, I say screw the touch screen, make it a clamshell, and I might be interested. Though I'm still rocking the fat DS I got in 2005, and I'm very behind in DS games, so I don't know if a new PSP will sway me anyway.

Posted by Afroman269

I'll wait out on this one cus I know the price of this thing will be outrageous.

Posted by Godwind

Its not coming out.

Posted by Pibo47

Lol. This is getting kinda funny.

Posted by FCKSNAP

Whatever it is, I won't pay more than the current cost of one ($200). Unless it's basically an iPhone with buttons.

Posted by NukeGoBoom

You idiots the pic is just a fan made photoshop.

I want a PSP really badly for Monster Hunter and Disgaea but these rumours are so annoying.I bought a 40 gig PS3 a few days before the 80 gig was announced and i was pissed.

Posted by jakob187

That picture looks slick.

Edited by AndrewB

There does *not* need to be a PSP 2 at the moment. For one thing, Sony just got through releasing a slew of model upgrades (and downgrades, in the case of the latest model). What could they do with a PSP 2 besides push out the same PS2 port-overs? Granted, they might be better with dual analog support the PSP so sorely needed. The thing is, I'm not going to fork over the cost of a new PSP for dual analog sticks alone. Hell, I don't even know why I haven't sold the PSP I have right now. I've had it since launch, and the last title I bought for it was the first dissapointing Worms port. The thing sits for such long periods of time that the battery drains itself, which makes me procrastinate more in not using it, because I don't feel like searching around for the charger.

What's funny is that I also had an original "fat" DS that I use even less frequently, yet it still holds its charge just fine.

PS: could we please get a disclaimer for these concept pictures? For the uninformed, they probably wouldn't realize that it is in no way an official mock-up of the PSP 2.

Posted by TheHBK

I really think the best thing to would would be to make it a flip screen, so that it is protected when not in use, but I guess they would make it like this so that it could be just a pretty screen and nothing else.  I like the Nintendo DS for this and the PSP would be great like this too.

Posted by Kyle

Yeah, I think "kind of do want" is right on the money in this case.

Posted by Shag

I have had 2 PSP's and I have never liked any of the games on it. But I do like the look of this one.

Posted by addictedtopinescent

Looks pretty good, now it needs some great games for it.

Posted by JoelTGM

I wish.

Posted by tec3297

I have a feeling that Sony is gonna keep that whole 10 year schtick with the PSP.  They are gonna keep making minor updates for about the next 6 years.

Edited by Gaius

Only three easy payments of $199.99!

Posted by Psynapse

i swear to god, if a psp comes out and looks that sexy, i'm buying it...

Posted by xWOBBx

doesnt look real to me.  to square, and where would the  L and R buttons go?

Posted by spilledmilkfactory

the real issue is, does anyone even want a psp2 right now? i mean resistance and patapon 2 just came out, and dissidia and kingdom hearts are coming out in the future, and that new jak game was  just announced. in other words, it looks like the psp will do just fine this year. that said, if the psp2 does launch this year, i'll be out there with all of the other crazed game fans to buy it on day one as long as it's backwards compatible. i am just too weak to resist the allure of a new system launch.

Posted by F1

Wow if that rumor is true, I'm fucking selling my DS, my mp3 player and my soul to get one!

Posted by Hector

I'm staying away from PSP had a bad time with it. I'll stick with Nintendo's handelds.

Posted by Bucketdeth

This would be a great, I still like my psp even though it's slowing down in sales as there arn't many games coming out for it, the new resistance is awesome and would be even better with a dual analog function.

Edited by FlipperDesert

I wish all these anonymous sources would shut up. Pretty or not, if this was true the timing for releasing a new handheld (and an expensive-looking one at that) is horrible.

Posted by TheJollyRajah

The price will be sky high but it will be worth every penny if I can have a phone, mp3 player, video player, and handeld video game in ONE package. This is exciting for me!

Posted by blaakmawf

they should do it... cause people would buy it

Posted by AURON570

cool. i wonder how the battery will hold up and how big it actually is.

Posted by theMcNasty

As James Brown would say, this thing just might be a "sex machine."

Posted by Aaron_G

Interesting to say the least. 

Posted by RiddleBrother

This design looks pretty sexy, but I can't see it feeling good in your hands. If the screen were to get in the way of the shoulder buttons... Who knows, btu I doubt this is what the final product is gonna look like whenever they do release this.

Also, sony should give up on the UMD. They won with the Blu-Ray, can't they concede this one small failure.

Posted by Bardon

GODDAMN. That thing looks so badass.

Posted by Soulless

The screen on that thing has a death wish.  The current PSP's screen is really easy to scratch, but this thing...

Posted by Brackynews

Hmm, the PSP-3000 just hit Amazon.ca and I'm about ready to buy a PS3 soon.  Waiting until E3 sounds okay.

Posted by Quartersawn

And why, why, why would the world need a successor to the PSP. I have had mine since launch and the one thing that it is missing is fun.

Posted by TG_SOLID

Sliding screens suck. Flip-ups ftw.

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