PSP2 'as powerful as PS3', out Christmas - rumors
Trade mag blows lid off Sony's next handheld
The PSP2 is as powerful as the PS3 and will be released as early as Christmas according to respected trade mag MCV, which reported yesterday on a planned reveal for the device on January 27 - just a week after Nintendo's own 3DS press events in New York and Amsterdam.
According to the new report, Sony is pitching PSP2 as a high-end portable equivalent of it's home console, and has even told licensees the device 'is as powerful as the PlayStation 3'.
The new PSP is expected to arrive at the end of this year, says MCV, perhaps even as early as October.
As previously reported, the handheld includes a HD screen and twin-stick controls in the familiar 'brick' design. It'll also use an unspecified media format for games, but you'll be able to download smaller titles from PSN.
Sony has supposedly consulted publishers about launch timings and is encouraging games with "richer, more in-depth content" to differentiate from app-centric Apple and Android devices.
More PSP2 details will be revealed following the Jan 27 announce at GDC and E3, the report concludes.
This is great news and looks like we could see BD Micro after all.
If it is indeed as powerful as the PS3 battery life will be a big concern, perhaps it will throttle back the power when running on battery and then boost the performance back up if you plug the device in.
This presents some obvious problems however as its a bad for the life of Lithium Ion batteries to keep them plugged in on charge
Encouraging games with "richer, more in-depth content" to differentiate from app-centric Apple and Android devices. Is certainly a good idea but the question is will developers want to pay for the development of such games when there are so many smart phone users already buying app's out there.