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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. 
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 Daroki

If it has .mkv and .flv media and handles RSS feeds better, sold.  If it allows me to use the PSOne Classics I already have, better.  Damn, I use my PSP 8 hours a day to listen to podcasts and music it's not a game player it's a media device that sometimes plays Persona games.
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Posted By AllanIceman

- I wouldn't call the PSP development environment "thriving" at this point.  -
 
Is that the same line Jeff says in this weeks BombCast?  

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Posted By MisterMouse

well I am excited to see if it is announced next month and what it offers me.

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Posted By sparky_buzzsaw

If it supports PSP games, I'm probably sold.  I've been looking to pick one up for a couple of years, and this might finally do it for me.

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Posted By Kraznor

Excellent drawing Brad. I'm willing to listen to what Sony has to say provided someone is working on a sequel to Work Time Fun.

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Posted By popmasterruler

No UMD slot=no buy

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Posted By Vinny_Says
@Binman88 said:
" I prefer my idea of sticking a lil' tv into a PS3 controller :)  
 

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that PSP 2 plays xbox games? Sweet!!
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Posted By onarum
@Binman88 said:
" I prefer my idea of sticking a lil' tv into a PS3 controller :)  
 

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I support your idea, make it happen.
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Posted By gamb1t
@CH3BURASHKA said:
" 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. "
you write everything proper then "Nah, dawg." i guess ive seen everything on the internet now
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Posted By Sooty
@Floppypants said:
" 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. "
TF2 sucks on 360 and PS3 so if it ever came to PSP I'd imagine it will be even worse, plus it's a multiplayer focused game, I doubt you'll have much luck playing online in an airport terminal...
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Posted By Bloodgraiv3

If its true, it better have a UMD drive.
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Posted By chango

The year for handhelds, I am excited.

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Posted By ShadowKnight508

Twice the RAM of the XB360? For a handheld system, that is quite the feat. Shame that it will not support the UMD games, for I was looking to purchase the PSP2 if it did.

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Posted By cjmabry

1GB of RAM? If this is true it has to be running some big OS. What else would they need all that RAM for? 
 
I be pumped.

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Posted By KamikazeCaterpillar

Damn! That is one sexy piece of technology.

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Posted By ptys

I think handhelds are great for those who don't have their own TV or travel alot, but I like my gaming in the privacy of my own home, larger than life!

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Posted By Faint
@shadowknight508 said:
" Twice the RAM of the XB360? For a handheld system, that is quite the feat. Shame that it will not support the UMD games, for I was looking to purchase the PSP2 if it did. "
that's like arguing that you shouldn't buy a ps3 just because its not backwards compatible with ps2, even though there is a ps2 in 1 in every 2 households in america. i mean, if you wanna play psp games, get a psp if you don't already have one?
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Posted By ajamafalous

Dig the mock-up, Brad.

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Posted By wolf_blitzer85

How much you guys think they're gonna ask for this thing? 
 
Could it be the dawn of 50-60 dollar handheld games?

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Posted By TheUnpopularGamer

as long as there is a monster hunter game on there itll be fine.

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Posted By pizzafreak360

If the rumors are true, it sounds like it will be crazy expensive.

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Posted By CitizenJP

3DS > PSP 2 
( 7^_^)7 
lul

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Posted By freakin

That mock up will castrate some dudes.

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Posted By Levio
@TheUnpopularGamer said:
" as long as there is a monster hunter game on there itll be fine. "
Rumor is, the next game will be Monster Hunter Hunter.  Time for payback!
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Posted By Chris2KLee

It'll be interesting to see if the details are true, and they are going to go DL only again. All the leaked info seems to point to a DL only system similar to the GO. I just hope the y don't repeat the same mistakes by half assing the store front and not locking down day and date releases.

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Posted By TheUnpopularGamer
@Levio: and those cat things are playing both sides 
 
DRAMA
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Posted By kagekage

I honestly don't know why people are getting mad over this UMD thing. It was just like the situation with the PS3 Slim, people were bitching, and eventually learned to shut the fuck up because it wasn't that big of a deal. And chances are if you're complaining about not being able to not use your UMDs, you still probably have an old PSP lying around somewhere (pro tip: I use my PS2 for my old PS2 games, why not use your old PSP for your UMDs?!?! *gasp*). 
Also, the exclusion of the UMD drive will probably make the PSP2 more ergonomic and cheaper for all of us...
Sony's moving on guys, I suggest we all do the same.

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Posted By lasafrog

I proudly bought my final UMD today: a pre-buy for next month's Ys I & II Chronicles. 
 
It seems that the UMD experiment is finally coming to a close. For shame, but there isn't a whole lot I've cared for on my PSP. Even the top games haven't often held my attention very long, and it's been a paperweight most of the time.  
 
One thing I can say for my PSP: it's 6 year old launch day hardware that hasn't so much as lost a pixel. Pretty impressive. 
 
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Posted By Dany
@cjmabry said:
" 1GB of RAM? If this is true it has to be running some big OS. What else would they need all that RAM for?  I be pumped. "
I would assume the games, if anything the UI should remain consistant wit hthe PS3, which it is I asume so 1GB of Ram for a handheld game is really exciting
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Posted By zityz

Does the psp even sell well enough to warrent a new one? I mean outside of monster hunters in japan, does the handheld even have a massive following in order to have a new one? I'm glad sony has a handheld. Not because its an alternative, but to make nintendo come up with different ideas. 
 
I dunno, even if they release this along with the Psphone thing, are people going to say nay on the 3ds for this? 

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Posted By BigBoss1911

I have high hopes for the psp2, seeing how nintendo has fucked up the 3ds.

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Posted By teekomeeko

Is it really that hard to have twice the RAM of the 360? (Other than maybe some heating/cooling issues, anyway).

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Posted By TheChaos
@zoner said:
" Reporting on rumors now? Wow. "
It's like I'm really on Kotaku!
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Posted By ZeroCrescent

It's not looking like much of a rumor by now, or at least part of it. Game Informer received an invitation to a Sony press event going on in Tokyo that same day, fitting with the story that VG247 and MCV gave.
 
So we know that Sony is going to have an event that day, where they will likely announce something. The only thing we can do now is wait to see if this event will be about the PSP2.

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Posted By SeriouslyNow
@OldManLollipop said:
" 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. "
FUCK!  We have the same dad.
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Posted By nunami
Brad needs to get a custom theme for the site purely made in ms paint. Great stuff!
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Posted By Blackout62

Bet the pirates will be pleased a year after it's release. [/cynicism] I want it.

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Posted By Kaigan

The PSP2 will retail at 899 US dollars.

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Posted By Hunter5024

An article about a rumor, of the possibility of an announcement declaring a product we've already known about for months. Slow news day... I did like the pretty drawing though.

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Posted By TheKbob

Good, UMDs are TERRIBLE. 
 
Like God Awful.  Get rid of them and never bring back portable disc based media.  Flash based carts if you gotta have physical media.  
 
I'm also hoping that phone space has effected the ability to sell games at $40 price points on handhelds.  You're going to have to be a lot more compelling to compete with the latest itoy or android phones for pocket space and their game libraries can be purchased at a much cheaper cost. 
 
I still need DJ Max Portable 3, but after that, I'm done with PSP games. 

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Posted By zudthespud

Twice the RAM of the 360? Doesn't really matter if the gpu is crap.  
 
I bought a PSP and loved it, I was always really disappointed that it never had more games. Hopefully third party developers will be more interested if it has 2 analogue sticks.

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Posted By m2cks

Jesus fucking CHRIST do I hate portable digital downloads! I wish at the very least that the PSP2 would be compatible with PSP1 games, if nothing else. I don't want to swap consoles every time I want to play a newer/older game.

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Posted By deactivated-5865c6a5c9438

Will it cost my life?

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Posted By StriderJ87

Yes... About time. I am really interested in seeing if they end up implementing some sort of backwards compatibility.

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Posted By prestonhedges

"Your guess is as good as mine on this one,"
 
Yeah, well, it shouldn't be.  I'm not getting paid to write about it.

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Posted By cjmabry
@Dany said:
" @cjmabry said:
" 1GB of RAM? If this is true it has to be running some big OS. What else would they need all that RAM for?  I be pumped. "
I would assume the games, if anything the UI should remain consistant wit hthe PS3, which it is I asume so 1GB of Ram for a handheld game is really exciting "
Ya, it's hard to see them deviate from the XMB, but you have to wonder. If the PS3 and 360 don't even get near 1GB, maybe they'll run something like Android, considering OS's are what take up the majority of the RAM. Highly unlikely though, but nevertheless I'm really excited to hear and see more of this. Hopefully this 1GB RAM isn't totally bogus, but I really don't see it happening. Can't wait, though.
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Posted By Reetesh

With 3DS supposedly having low battery life. I wonder how good PSP2 will be. I mean... it can't be THAT bad... no?

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Posted By JJWeatherman
@Afroman269 said:
" I still don't see having crazy graphics as a way to boost sales. "
That's what I always say when thinking logically. But then you see those graphics the day the system launches and the blood lust begins!
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Posted By Afroman269
@JJWeatherman
@Afroman269 said:
" I still don't see having crazy graphics as a way to boost sales. "
That's what I always say when thinking logically. But then you see those graphics the day the system launches and the blood lust begins!
Oh I'll be tempted too but I'm guessing that it will attract the graphics lovers crowd and create the small install base. Its going to end up like the first PSP though, if their plan is to continue to make console like games.
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Posted By valiantgrizzly

At the people saying "derp rumors y u reprot dis", fuck off.
 
This is relevant news and we know it's happening. Also Brad Nicholson is a better writer than you, so that's another argument you can take and shove up your shitter.
 
Goddamnit you piss me off. Go back to Gamespot and IGN.