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Rumor: PSP2 May Be Available By "Middle 2011"

The PSP2 is very likely to launch next year but the big question is, of course...when?

Well, most have assumed we'd see it around the holidays but one source claims the newest PlayStation Portable iteration will release in the middle of 2011. According to Mobile News citing a Japanese news source, the PSP2 will boast features from both the PSP-3000 and PSP Go, and might arrive in the second or third quarter of next year. The information evidently comes from Sony boss Kaz Hirai:

"The handheld is likely to be launched in middle 2011 and new market entry in late 2011. Kaz Hirai, Sony’s PlayStation division boss, recently talked about the portable gaming. Hirai even divulge the features and design that is on PSP2. Hirai revealed that the PSP at this time, both variants of the PSP-3000 and PSP Go, get older and need rejuvenation effort."

This, along with the PlayStation Phone, should be big new gadgets for the Sony brand in 2011. And as the company noted before, they'll have to make a very clear distinction between the PSP2 and new Sony Ericsson PS Phone; they might appeal to different audiences and demographics. And then there are the rumors that say the PSP2 might be powerful enough to run something like Uncharted 3...

We're not quite buying that, but we are interested to see how it all turns out for the new portable.

Tags: psp, psp2, playstation portable, psp2 release date

12/29/2010 11:55:42 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (36 posts)

Temjin001
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 12:21:32 PM
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If I remember right, the original PSP launched in like May of '05.

EDIT: I just check, it was March of '05

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WolfCrimson
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 2:29:06 PM

Ehh... both months start with "Ma", and you got the year right, so I say 4 out of 5. You did good :)

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FatherSun
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 12:32:26 PM
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I am leaning toward the PSP2. Only because the PSPhone seems like it will not be a powerhouse. I would like one device for all my mobile needs but not by way of sacrificing the portable game system capabilities. If PSP2 is that powerful then why can it NOT be a phone a well?

If the PSP2 does have as much power as a PS3... That would be awesome. I just wonder how they would pull that off without cannibalizing PS3 sales. Maybe Sony could market it as a portable Entrainment device. Bring your Movies, Music and Games anywhere! They need to future proof it so I can see the logic in making it as powerful as possible.

2011 is going to be an interesting year for Sony. An undisputable Exclusive line up and two new consoles. Can't wait.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 12:40:37 PM
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To end a thought I posted last week, I think it was. The PSP2 will likely be more of a tablet type of device, not in its form factor, but its capabilities. Gaming will still be the main focus, with a heavy emphasis on also being a portable media player, but I think Sony will begin to work computer features into it, and this is what will separate it from the PSPhone.

Anyway, that translation is a little bit garbled. A rejuvenation effort for the 3000 and Go would essentially be a PSP-4000, rather than an entirely new device. By that time, the PSP will already be six years old, and beginning to show its age. An entirely new device is necessary.

A mid-year launch is possible, but I don't think likely. Sure, it immediately heightens the chances of a price cut going into next years holiday season, but to launch it with as little fanfare as Sony seems intent on giving it is wrong. It would be better for them to unveil it, and a good few games for it at E3, and release it after three months worth of heavy hype.

At the same time, I kind of hope that they hold off until the very end of the year so that we can deal with what they're releasing on the PS3 for the rest of the year. Don't want too much overlap.
Peace.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 12:57:43 PM

There's an article in PSM3 that claims to show pictures of the new PSP. Their version looks like a much more polished version of the proto-type pictures.

Think of a PSP Go scaled up to slightly larger than a regular PSP to accommodate a bigger screen (5-inch?). Twin Analogs and then below and slightly offset towards the middle of the control area are the two sets of buttons.

If it was a mock up, then it's a high quality one.

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shadowpal2
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:11:57 PM

Is the PSP2 mockup you're talking about shown on the recent Kotaku article about how "This is how it may look like"?

It looks pretty nice to me, but the buttons seem just a bit deep.

But I'm sort of wondering when they'll announce it. I mean don't they need to have some sort of gaming conference like E3, TGS, or GDC to unveil that?

So saying it'll come mid 2011 to me would mean that it would happen a bit after E3.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:24:01 PM

Sounds like a pretty decent design. I just hope that the analog sticks are more user-friendly than the one on my PSP-1000. Every time I try to use it, my thumb slips all over the place.

Shadowpal, they don't need an trade show to reveal it. Nintendo didn't use one when they first announced the 3DS. It's just preferable,
as that way it seems to garner more attention. At the same time, I'd rather see the device steal the limelight at its own show.
Peace.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 12:59:03 PM
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Can't wait for the PSP2 to be properly announced.

Incidentally, Sony recently bought back a controlling share in the chip fab that the sold Toshiba 3 years ago. The chip fab that makes the Cell processor. Possible sign of things to come with the PS4? Multi-cellular console perhaps?

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gumbi
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:16:13 PM

aww... no more KOS-MOS?

And yeah, I'm eagerly awaiting some official news on the PSP2. Very curious to see what they're really going to do with the hardware.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:22:54 PM

Kossy will return in the new year. I went with Sophitia this week in honor of SC5 getting a fairly solid rumor/announcement.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:28:04 PM

Interesting. Perhaps a mini-Cell BE for the PSP2? Wishful thinking, I know.

Multi-core Cell for the PS4. That could be promising. I'd love to speculate more, but time for work.
Peace.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:38:48 PM

Cell is designed to work in multi-processor arrangements. You could put two or four together easily. The newer version of the Cell (PowerXcell 8i) can operate just like an original CellBE, but has a more efficient design and optimizations to the double precision math it does, so it is far more capable than the original cell. I'm thinking of a couple of options for Sony that this raises for the PS4. Either a multi-cell package where two or four Cells are mounted in a single chip package, kind of like the original dual core Pentium 4s were, or a similar dual processor version using the PowerXCell 8i. Considering that the PS3 has only 6 SPUs, a twin CellBE system would instead have two PPC cores and 16 SPUs available. If Sony used the more advanced PowerXcell 8i processor instead of just the original cell BE, the result could be as much as 4 times more powerful than the Cell in the PS3. Throw in a decent modern GPU and you have something that will be far more than up to the task of rendering 1080p in 3D.

Regarding the PSP2, I don't think this announcement has anything to do with that, it comes too late in the day for that. However, if Sony has fully bought out Toshiba's cell interests, that leaves Sony in an exclusive relationship with IBM so any further work to bring a twin processor PowerXcell 8i package, or some other multi-processor variant, could be carried out far more discretely.

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Oxvial
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:15:13 PM
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Hope they launch it before the 3DS if they want to stand a chance.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:26:10 PM

Not really. The handheld market is vastly different to the console one. Nintendo has always been dominant on the quality of their portables, and the games they put on them. And because there are new models pretty much every year, release timing isn't overly important. A stronger line-up will equate to stronger sales.
Peace.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:30:10 PM

Lawless, it's also important to consider that PSP and DS consumers are not always the same people, so although there is some direct competition, there are a lot of PSP buyers who would *never* have bought a DS.

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Oxvial
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 1:54:26 PM

I think I know enough I'd said the go was going to be a disaster and I got flamed in this site, and what happened?.

Also the 3DS launch line is AWESOME.

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Amazingskillz
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:17:08 PM
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@Fathasun - I couldn't agree with you more. I just want one gadget for my mobile needs too. Why does the psp phone have to sacrifice the power. I would rather have a PSP that can make a phone call than have a phone that can play selected PS games. I don't see what the big problem is with just putting a phone on the damn PSP2. Could Sony be missing the point again? Will the PSP phone be just another experiment like the PSP Go?

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:29:05 PM

Because to make a phone sized device your battery is limited, with limited battery capacity, you can't use the more powerful CPU/GPU combination that will likely power the PSP2. Not only that but the PSP2 is consistently said to have a 5-6 inch screen, which is about two inches more than a phone sized device can manage, and once again would require more battery. There's no way you can shoe-horn the PSP2 into a device the size of a cellphone, it's simply not possible with the battery technology available.

The PSP2 will (I think) be about the size of three Motorola Droids laid side by side, only with rounded ends instead of a rectangular shape, and be about as thick as an existing PSP. *IF* they have gone in that direction, it will allow a battery large enough to power the thing for 4+ hours which has to be the minimum battery life.

At this point, I just want an official picture of the thing, and some kind of confirmation of the specs.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:22:04 PM
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I'm gonna need a rejuvenation effort for my wallet if I wanna buy this.

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Amazingskillz
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:30:01 PM
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@ Lawless - "it immediately heightens the chance of a price cut." LOL! We're talking about price cuts before its even out yet. I agree it needs to be significantly different, either more powerful or more clever or both. It should also be brought to the market with a lot of hype via a full marketing blitz.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 12:39:27 AM

>.> Well, it does...

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Amazingskillz
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:35:22 PM
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AAhh I see. It seems like battery life and power is not evolving as rapidly as the technology it supports. Anyway, I agree bring on the damn official photo! That would probably get the hype machine started. In turn providing a pre-marketing boost.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 1:40:25 PM

Yeah, the battery is the real limiting factor. It drives so many other variables, physical size, processor speed, screen size/backlight choice and a host of other choices such as whether to include a GPS receiver (a total power hog).

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WolfCrimson
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 2:34:21 PM
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WHAT?!!? I just bought a PSP!!!

Ah well, it's not officially confirmed, and even if it were true, I'd just wait for it to come down in price. So maybe a year after launch.

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StangMan80
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 8:05:20 PM

Oh it's more then real
Its coming theirs no doubt about that now

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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 3:48:36 PM
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Right now neither the PSP2 or 3DS interest me much at all. That might change later, but for now i feel incredibly "meh" about both.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 4:03:57 PM

I think it's a case of either you want full video games on the move, or you don't.

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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 5:40:40 PM

I kinda dont want full games with me. What i like about portable gaming is the quick in-and-out gameplay. That doesnt really work with a game like MGS3 on the 3DS or most current PSP games even.
I mainly use my psp for emulation (Gasp! a hacked psp) these days. I havent bought a psp game since God of War because I dont find big, involved games on portables to be very interesting.

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Shiva369
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 7:51:07 PM

Good point about not needing full games on a portable. I can't imagine wanting to play Uncharted on a small screen and headphones...Angry Birds is about the level of mobile gameplay I enjoy at the moment lol!
That said, I'm open to being amazed by future news on the PSP2 and won't rule out getting one. Also, I can very much see the sense in making separate PSP2/ PSP Phone, for reasons already stated above.

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bamf
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 7:10:14 PM
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I cannot see the psp2 being as powerful as the ps3 unless you like carrying a car battery around with you to power it. psp2 needs to be innovative rather than just a slightly more powerful psp go.
I dont know about the psp phone either. I've stuck with sony ericsson phone for a number of years and have always had poor reception on them. I currently own the xperia mini pro. it is slow and unresponsive, sometimes the call list goes blank before the list pops up. it will be the last sony ericsson phone i get. but knowing me it probably wont as i stick to everything that is sony. just feel with the phones, its an ericsson phone and built and sony slaps their name on it.just hope the same doesn't go for the psp phone?

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Robochic
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 7:19:58 PM
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Hmm seems I need to start saving, been holding off for a new PSP lately and now I'll keep holding off was going to pick up the GO but I'll wait.

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StangMan80
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 8:03:44 PM
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Im liking this PSP2 and am interested in more announcements and info about it... but im not 100% sure on getting it. I am excited about all the PS3 games coming. I don't think I will afford it either with the 15 most haves for me next year, and plus the catching up I need to get in too. Maybe the PSP2 will be a Christmas present... but thats a long ways away. lets not think that just yet.
I like what Sony is doing, keep it up. Sony, I would like too see a lot, a lot more advertising in 2011.

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Mr Bubbles IGR
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 10:30:03 PM
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the psp2 may be strong enough to run Uncharted 3 but it would probably need to stay plugged in the wall while playing the game...the battery would get drained pretty fast, i would imagine, since so many things are happening on screen...

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___________
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 12:46:03 AM
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im actually really looking forward to a psp2.
just as long as sony dont make there usual mistakes and charge a ridiculous price for it and offer no games for it.
cough ps3 launch, cough moves launch.............

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Banky A
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 3:33:37 PM
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YES!
Then when this is announced I can ready my plans for Valkyria Chronicles domination - as my current PSP is facked.

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