Sony On PSP 2 Rumors: "Won't Comment Either Way"
Earlier, we brought you the story concerning Acclaim CCO David Perry's supposed confirmation that a PSP 2 is in the works, and that a developer he knows already has a prototype to work on. Well, Sony won't say they've delivered any prototypes to anyone, but they also won't deny Perry's claims.
In speaking to MTV Multiplayer, SCEA marketing boss John Koller replied to the PSP 2 rumors and simply said, "Can't comment either way." He added, "I will reiterate that the digital component is very important to us. That's all we can say at this point." As you know if you read our other update, the PSP 2 may rely entirely on digital downloads and dismiss the UMD format once and for all. Clearly, this is something that seems very possible, especially after Koller's comments. As for upcoming software, which both the PSP and PSP 2 would need, Koller did have this to say-
"At Destination Playstation we announced about half of the line up for the PSP this year, some fairly major, triple-A titles are coming for the back half of the year that are going to be announced in the coming months and at E3."
Now, according to MCVUK, an SCEE spokesperson has verified that new IPs will be on the unannounced half of that list. "We'll be outlining the release of additional, new and existing IPs for the platform in the coming months," said the representative. If you want to push a system, you gotta have the games, as just about anyone will tell you. So this is good news, and it appears that a PSP 2 really might be headed our way later this year...and yes, it may be UMD-less. What do you think of that?
2/27/2009 Ben Dutka