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.