Square-Enix: More Interested In PSP2 "Hardware Specifics"
The PSP2 is basically a foregone conclusion...the lack of an official confirmation notwithstanding.
And as Square-Enix has been a fairly solid supporter of Sony's PlayStation Portable (although arguably not to the same extent as they've supported the Nintendo DS), it's no surprise the Final Fantasy company is looking forward to the next PSP iteration. Square-Enix producer Takamasa Shiba told VG247 that he's anticipating the big hardware improvements, and reminds everyone that while hardware continues to advance, we still need the software to push that new fresh hardware on the market. Said Shiba:
There are a lot of things I’m excited for the PSP2, but I’m more interested in hardware specifics rather than a unique feature. Hardware is always coming out, so the software needs to be pushing the hardware as well. So, if they put something in that’s very unique then it is hard to create games for it. As a creator, I’m looking forward to mainly hardware improvements."
Thus far, multiple developers have stated they have the PSP2 kits in house already, and are experimenting with the new technology. EA has mentioned it multiple times, in fact, so we're all sort of assuming the new portable unit will be on store shelves some time this year. One rumor even said it would be powerful enough to run something like Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, but we're not really buying that.
Even so, we remain excited about the PSP2 and we hope it'll receive a release date - and a decent price tag - in 2011.
1/11/2011 2:52:11 PM Ben Dutka