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Rumor: PSP 2 Announcement Coming This Month

Hey, that unannounced thing everyone has been talking about will be announced soon!

According to a couple of reports this morning via anonymous sources, the successor to the PlayStation Portable will be announced in just a few weeks. Jan. 27, supposedly, is the date Sony has chosen to unveil the PSP2, and it’ll do so at a press event in Tokyo. That's just inside a month prior to the Japanese launch of Nintendo's 3DS. Strategic timing!

MCV, one of the publications reporting on this rumor, is also promising surprising “exclusive industry insight” into the PSP2 in the pages of its magazine that is slated to hit news stands this Friday. 
 

I didn't want to steal a mock-up from PSM3 magazine, so I just drew my own based on that one. 

Rumors about the PSP 2 have been circulating forever. The craziest bit of chatter I’ve heard stems from a Kotaku article from late October in which an anonymous source details the device, verifying that it’ll have twice the RAM of an Xbox 360. The PSP2 will also, supposedly, ship with two analog sticks, touch controls, a larger screen, and will apparently not support UMD.  
 
Your guess is as good as mine on this one, but now at least seems like the time for Sony to start talking portable successor. I wouldn't call the PSP development environment "thriving" at this point.
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Posted by BradNicholson

According to a couple of reports this morning via anonymous sources, the successor to the PlayStation Portable will be announced in just a few weeks. Jan. 27, supposedly, is the date Sony has chosen to unveil the PSP2, and it’ll do so at a press event in Tokyo. That's just inside a month prior to the Japanese launch of Nintendo's 3DS. Strategic timing!

MCV, one of the publications reporting on this rumor, is also promising surprising “exclusive industry insight” into the PSP2 in the pages of its magazine that is slated to hit news stands this Friday. 
 

I didn't want to steal a mock-up from PSM3 magazine, so I just drew my own based on that one. 

Rumors about the PSP 2 have been circulating forever. The craziest bit of chatter I’ve heard stems from a Kotaku article from late October in which an anonymous source details the device, verifying that it’ll have twice the RAM of an Xbox 360. The PSP2 will also, supposedly, ship with two analog sticks, touch controls, a larger screen, and will apparently not support UMD.  
 
Your guess is as good as mine on this one, but now at least seems like the time for Sony to start talking portable successor. I wouldn't call the PSP development environment "thriving" at this point.
Posted by RecSpec

I don't give a shit about dual sticks, just make it so ALL PSP2 games have to be digital.

Posted by kalmis

I wish it would look like that

Posted by Afroman269

I still don't see having crazy graphics as a way to boost sales.

Posted by Scooper

They've got to make the PSP2 very good or they'll be no point to it at all. Twice the ram of an xbox 360 sounds ridicules, though.

Posted by Portis

Dual analog sticks and I'm sold. If not, no thanks. 
 
Also; are these rumors ever wrong? Seems like every time a rumor comes about with a specific date it always rings true.

Edited by ELpork

I would prefer  cartridge over an all digital system... lets face it, not everybody has a internet connection.  
 
PS: Dual sticks are a MUST if you want this thing to go anywhere... hope you got that Sony.  

Posted by animateria

That is the best mock-up of the PSP2 I've ever seen! 
 
Kudos, Brad.

Posted by ch3burashka

It's a terrible idea. First of all, it's going to be confusing, what with the PSP Phone looking realer and realer (it just got announced, right?). Then there's the Playstation App that just came out, minor, but can lead to further confusion. Not only that, but there's no event coming up, CES just finished up. When and how does Sony plan on announcing it, with all of these things stacked against it. Nah, dawg. They'll wait until E3.

Posted by gla55jAw

The locations of the sticks on that mock-up is crazy Brad.

Posted by aurahack

No UMD support?
 
So I can't play the DJ Max games I already own? Well fuck. Guess I'm not getting a PSP2, then.

Posted by Nictel

Too bad it's just a mock-up. I totally feel the 2011 "design was made in paint" look!

Posted by tobygw

Depending on what is shown, this will definetly have a chance at making me pass on the 3DS and to get a PSP 2 first.

Posted by dragonzord

Reporting on rumors now? Wow.

Posted by OldManLollipop

This just in from my secret sources: PSP2 will ship with everything that every current console has, plus Sony has bought the rights to Mario and intends to release remakes of all the NES Marios plus Mario World with new levels.
 
But don't tell anyone because my dad would totally get fired.

Posted by OneAndOnlyBigE
Posted by GunslingerPanda

Oh man it's great that you guys report on rumours now.
Even better that you've got your best writer on it.

Posted by ELpork
@zoner: Apparently there pretty accurate rumors... Not the first place I've heard this from today. Not to say I think this is right... Granted in 2 weeks we'll know and nobody will care. 
Posted by TheDoubleJ

i don't care about the touch screen, but i hope it can use umds
Posted by Winsord
@Scooper: Not that ridiculous when you take into consideration that the 360 only has 512mb of RAM. ;)
Posted by Bigheart711
@kous18 said:
" i don't care about the touch screen, but i hope it can use umds "
Same here.
Posted by Hailinel

No UMD support?  Do they want this to turn into the PSPGo II?

Posted by gla55jAw
Posted by hagridore

Not doing themselves any favors being close to the 3DS launch. They need to have hardware out first (not going to happen) or get some distance to make an impact.

Edited by JackGordon86
@RecSpec said:

" I don't give a shit about dual sticks, just make it so ALL PSP2 games have to be digital. "

Wtf, no. That's the worst idea... Besides, let's see a decent software line-up first.
Posted by BrickRoad

It needs a unique selling point. I hope it's not 'looks like early PS3 games!!!' because that's not a unique selling point. The PSP nearly got to PS2 quality of graphics, and despite the DS's near to N64 level of power, it thoroughly beat the PSP. I'm not suggesting early PS3 graphics on a hand held isn't cool, I'm just suggesting it needs something more. Still...I'll be getting one probably, alongside a 3DS.

Posted by detectivepbert

my favorite games for the PSP are GTA:CW, GTA:VCS, and GTA:LCS.  UMDs are worthless except for final fantasy: crisis core and theres not even any movies being released on UMD anymore, so PSP2 should go digital distribution only.  it should also be backward compatible with digitally distributed PSP games.  i don't give a flying fuck about touch screen.  just want dual analog sticks.

Posted by Rattle618

iPhone with good games, that´s where this baby has to go to survive.

Posted by Binman88

I prefer my idea of sticking a lil' tv into a PS3 controller :)  
 

Posted by AuthenticM

This is great.

Posted by Gabriel

Yo that PSP 2 LOOKS SICK.

Posted by CaptainFish

It shouldn't support UMDs and it doesn't have to. PSP 2 implies new hardware generation, so it definitely doesn't have to support the same format as the previous generation. Going all digital sounds like a great idea.

You can still play the UMD games you already own, because guess what, you already have a PSP.

Posted by hsvlad

I did a 3d mock up of the PSP 2 earlier this month when there wasn't much to do at work. GB, you are more then welcome to use them, and their already on your site :D

Posted by Winternet

Rumors are always interesting. The more crazier the better.

Posted by drstrawberry

As long it has a PS2 game store, then I will be fully satisfied
Posted by PLWolf

PSP2, Two Analog nubs, More Ram, More processing power, and digital only? SOLD!!

Posted by zameer
@hsvlad: ok these totally crushed brad's ms paint pic
Posted by MikkaQ

A gig of ram seems reasonable for a multimedia device. The iPhone 4 has 512 right now. 

Posted by Zolfe

wow, your mock-up looks very ergonomically designed

Posted by GT-Man

Ur drawing epic fails lolol
Posted by detectivepbert
@RecSpec:  don't you like to move cameras in games?
Posted by detectivepbert
@kalmis:  the world's first true 2D handheld gaming device.  the device itself is in 2d!
Posted by Floppypants

While the 3DS clearly has a huge amount of appeal offering 3D games, the PSP2 has its own edge by simply not neglecting to add that second analog stick.  The PSP2 might blow the lid off of portable multiplayer shooters.  The thought of sitting in an airport terminal and being able to play something like Team Fortress 2 or Call of Duty on a PSP is hugely appealing.

Posted by ArchScabby

awesome pic.

Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG

the psp2 would definately appeal more to a mainstream audience cause of the 2nd stick, making more fps games possible.  thats gonna help it compete against the 3ds and i would love to see the games that are gonna go head to head on both portable gaming systems.  successfulness-wise (fuck it im not gonna think of the proper word), im leaning towards the 3ds

Posted by langdonx

Here's hoping the D-PAD isn't awful like it is on the PSP-1000.  It needs to be entirely raised out of the device, like it is on sixaxis/dualshock3... otherwise diagonal directions are a pain -- makes playing fighting games really annoying.  Not a huge fan of the analog stick either.

Posted by Skald
@Winsord said:
" @Scooper: Not that ridiculous when you take into consideration that the 360 only has 512mb of RAM. ;) "
Yeah, wow. That's as much as the current iPhone.
Posted by sninja13

Shame I haven't played a handheld other than my iPhone since I graduated college.

Posted by TripMasterMunky

I love handhelds and want to keep buying them, yet I never play any of them.

Posted by NTM

Personally, I'm more excited for the release of PSP2 than the 3DS.

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