President of Sony Computer Entertainment Yoshida mentioned a day before that Sony PSP2 will be sold less than US$599.
He mentioned, “From the very beginning of the project — since 2008 — pricing was one of the considerations that we had. Hopefully when we announce the price, people will see the proper value.”
PSP2 specs told us the hardware cost a lot, but not all gamers can afford such price. Hope Sony can set a reasonable price.
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) unveiled not only the powerful PSP2 in today’s Tokyo announcement event, the company also announced “PlayStation Suite”, which enables Android™ 2.3+ devices to connect to PlayStation Network (PSN) and PlayStation games.
In order to ensure the Android devices provide good gaming experience to gamers, SCE will launch a “PlayStation® Certified” license program to hardware manufacturers. SCE will provide PS Suite contents within 2011, starting with PS one® games in PlayStation quality. SCE will also provide new game development environment to game developers and publishers to make games for the new PS Suite platform.
Here is the spec of the new PSP2. For now not much is revealed, but we believe more detailed specs will be updated soon.
||ARM® Cortex™ – A9 core (4-core)
|Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm ( W x H x D )
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
|Rear Touch Pad
||Multi touch pad – capacitive type
(same mechanism with Apple iPhone, Sony Ericsson Satio, etc)
||Built-in stereo speakers
||6-axis motion sensing system
(3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer)
3-axis electronic compass
Wi-Fi location service support
|Keys / Switches
Directional buttons (Up, Down, Left, Right)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Left, Right)
Analog sticks on both sides
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
|Mobile Network Connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi)
(Infrastructure mode/ Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP, AVRCP, HSP)
PSP2 is finally announced by Sony this morning. It is clear that the new PSP2 has a bunch of new features:
- 5-inch touchscreen OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution
- dual analog sticks (not nubs as on the current generation)
- front and rear touchpads
- motion sensors
- an electronic compass
- cameras on both the front and the rear
- an advanced CPU ?!
- no UMD
- Real / Virtual Reality
- no more XMD , LiveArea instead
- built-in social networking
OLED Touch screen
While we aren’t expecting a brand new PSP console at tomorrow’s (27 Jan) Sony announcement in Tokyo, we’re certainly not going to disappoint. From various sources like MCV, VJ247 and Engadget, the PSP2 will be announced with a lot new features.
From the rumors around the web, the new PSP2 has a lot of attractive features, such as large high-definition screen, front-facing camera, running Android OS 2.3, microphone, motion sensing, twin analog buttons, even OLED touchscreens and support of 3G cellular data. As for gamers, they hope the new gadget will bring more exciting gaming experience to them.
Out of the rumors, there are few things confirmed for the gadget:
1. no more UMD
2. no more MemoryStick
3. PSP2 can’t make phone calls
For the design, instead of putting the buttons below the screens like PSP Go and the fans-art PSP2, buttons are better to be put on the sides of the screens for better handling.
Less than 48 hours to go. Stay tuned for more information.