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Sony Hands Out PSP2 Dev Kits

Last week Shaun Himmerick of Netherrealm Studios revealed that Sony's rumored PSP2 was indeed real, and that the developer actually had a working prototype in-house. Himmerick made the surprising revelation during an interview with Industry Gamers after he was asked if the new Mortal Kombat would make its way to Nintendo's 3DS or Sony's current PSP.

Now there are reports that Sony has handed PSP2 development kits to a number of key in-house and third-party studios for a "significant launch window line-up." While industry sources weren't named, reports over the last few months have indicated that Sony wants to make a big impact at launch by spreading the PSP2 tech widely across the industry.

Currently little is known about the upcoming handheld. However unlike the PSPgo, the PSP2 will likely feature a UMD optical drive--and not be a download-only device--according to a related statement by PlayStation CEO Kazuo Hirai. A report released back in May also said that the device was "****ing powerful," that it was based on a four-core Cell CPU. There's also talk that it will have two cameras--one forward and one backward facing--and a possible 3G connection.

Originally it was believed that the PSP2 would launch in Q4 2010. However since the device didn't make an appearance at E3 2010, it's believed that the PSP2 will launch in 2011--somewhere in the same timeframe as Nintendo's North American 3DS launch (which debuts in Japan in November).

The original PSP launched in North America on March 24, 2005. Could the PSP2 see a possible March (2011) release too?

  • restatement3dofted
    Admittedly, I am not a big follower of the handheld market anymore, but I'd be surprised if Sony decided to release the PSP2 without the opportunity to showcase it (or, at the very least, announce it) at E3 first. A march 2011 release would mean they'd lose the benefit of a major gaming event to publicize it, as well as missing the holiday rush.

    Given the widespread appeal of the 3DS, and that Apple's products are starting to be competitive (supposedly, at least) in the handheld gaming arena, Sony has a lot to lose if they screw up the launch of the PSP2. Seems unlikely they'd rush to release it without giving it sufficient time to build hype. Additionally, I have no idea when they handed out dev kits, but they certainly want to provide enough time for developers to produce the sort of big launch lineup they seem to be going for. They don't really gain anything by rushing to launch in the first or second quarter of 2011 - holiday 2011 seems much more likely.

    But hey, what do I know? (Answer: not much). Just my $.02.
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  • ALANMAN
    I hope that's a fake mock-up...joystick over the action buttons, not cool
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  • prodigygamer
    Meh...it's Sony.

    Lost all respect for them as a company after being so poorly treated as a customer in some of their MMO's and having trouble with warrenty's on a Tele.

    I won't buy Sony again but that's just me.
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  • prodigygamer
    Restatement3dofTedAdmittedly, I am not a big follower of the handheld market anymore, but I'd be surprised if Sony decided to release the PSP2 without the opportunity to showcase it (or, at the very least, announce it) at E3 first. A march 2011 release would mean they'd lose the benefit of a major gaming event to publicize it, as well as missing the holiday rush. Given the widespread appeal of the 3DS, and that Apple's products are starting to be competitive (supposedly, at least) in the handheld gaming arena, Sony has a lot to lose if they screw up the launch of the PSP2. Seems unlikely they'd rush to release it without giving it sufficient time to build hype. Additionally, I have no idea when they handed out dev kits, but they certainly want to provide enough time for developers to produce the sort of big launch lineup they seem to be going for. They don't really gain anything by rushing to launch in the first or second quarter of 2011 - holiday 2011 seems much more likely.But hey, what do I know? (Answer: not much). Just my $.02.
    Sony rush a lot of things including their MMO's with SOE, for example: Vanguard Sage of Heroes, best MMO out to date and with a rushed release, bad publicity and all the bugs, 4 years down the track after the game has been cleaned up no one knows about it, whichis a shame, as I said, BEST MMO out to date in my opinion.

    Check out the free trial for yourself if you don't believe me :)
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  • eddieroolz
    Hah, I proved my friend wrong!
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  • Simple11
    I still want to see a PSPhone :D
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  • scione
    Oh man I cant wait for this. although I may be one of the few but I want my psp and phone separate. I mean I dont want to have to pay monthly just to play on it.
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  • restatement3dofted
    prodigygamerSony rush a lot of things including their MMO's with SOE, for example: Vanguard Sage of Heroes, best MMO out to date and with a rushed release, bad publicity and all the bugs, 4 years down the track after the game has been cleaned up no one knows about it, whichis a shame, as I said, BEST MMO out to date in my opinion.Check out the free trial for yourself if you don't believe me
    Oh, I don't disagree that it isn't in Sony's nature to do things hastily, but there's a big difference between rushing a game, and rushing a console. They've got a lot more to lose if they don't take enough time to properly design, test, promote, and hype a new console (although the same is true if they take too long to do all of that, as well).

    Ultimately, all I'm saying is that it seems unlikely, given that they haven't even officially announced the system, that they'd release it (a) after the holiday 2010 season, and (b) before having a chance to showcase it at any type of gaming show. Maybe they will, but it seems like that would be a huge mistake on their part.
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  • mman74
    I like the sounds of this. I mean App Store games are fine for passing the time away, but for some serious protable gaming, it has to be the PSP. NDS - for kids really. 3DS? not my cup of tea.
    But with a nice big screen, decent app store, a powerful processor, and less restrictions on what I can do with it all and we have a pretty powerful combination here. Let's judge the product when it arrives!
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  • adamboy64
    I could see myself getting if it was in phone format.. I was pretty excited for a PSPhone. But overall I think i'll stick with my DS.

    The best way the PSP2 will be able to compete with the 3DS is for it to take a different path and try focus on power, rather than innovation.

    It'll need to do everything right, and have a lot of luck to beat the 3DS in sales. I don't think it will, but that doesn't mean it won't be a great handheld though.
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