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Sony Says the PSP2 Won't Be Unaffordable

Yesterday saw Sony finally reveal the PSP2 at an event in Tokyo. With its quad-core CPU, and quad-core GPU, it’s definitely a beast. However, one thing that was not mentioned was price. We know it will not be available until the holiday season, so it’s likely the price hasn’t been nailed down yet. Still, given the specs, it probably won’t be cheap. 

Sony executives have been talking to various different publications over the last 24 hours and though they haven’t revealed anything too specific, we do know that it won’t be crazy expensive. That said, we also know it will be more expensive than the $250 3DS. All told, the company has said it is aiming for something affordable and appropriate to the handheld console market, but admitted that pricing has been an issue for them with the PSP2.

“From the very beginning of the project — since 2008 — pricing was one of the considerations that we had,” SCE WWS boss Shuhei Yoshida said. “Hopefully when we announce the price, people will see the proper value.”

The PSP2, codenamed NGP, boasts a quad-core ARM Cortex A-9 CPU; a quad-core Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU; a 5-inch touchscreen OLED display (960x544); a rear touchpad; dual analog sticks; a gyroscope and accelerometer; dual cameras; an integrated mic and stereo speakers; GPS; WiFi; Bluetooth and 3G. There’s also a whole new UI called LiveArea, which allows for multiple homescreens and integrated social networking.

What do you think? What’s the PSP2 worth to you?

(via Engadget)

  • kilo_17
    I wouldn't pay more than $275 for it
  • speedemon

    but not 400
    Sony Says the PSP2 Won't Be Unaffordable

    Consumers Say They Won't Not Want to Buy It.
  • dogman_1234
    Double negative?
  • ekimgnaw
    I'm expecting iPod Touch (300+) prices possibly even iPad prices (400+). >.<

    Unfortunately, I don't think OLED screens come cheap.
    meh i wouldn't pay more then 150 for it
  • XD_dued
    I think 350 wouldn't be unreasonable. I was thinking of getting an android tablet, but this looks like a good alternative. Could use it for a media player and for playing emulators.
  • tim sutton
    It's really pretty, and the hardware is probably worth £300 (uh. About $480 in kiddie money) but I just don't want it.

    I'm sort of vaguely interested in a 3DS for something different, but I don't really want a high powered portable to play AAA games. I want to play those at home on a big screen.
  • neo_aeon666
    I would go up to 349.99$

    PsPs are usually not that bad to buy when they come out. I still have a 1000 Model and it is still very comparable to 3000... But I will wait for the 3ds light or 3ds i XL light Micro before jumping on the 3DS boat. People are talking about very bad battery life in 3D mode and much lower frame-rate.
    And I learned my lesson with the first DS model. God when DS Light came out I was pissed it was so much better and you could actually see stuff thx to brighter screens and even better battery life lol... Felt ripped off.

    My advice wait 6 months for a 3ds light with better everything to come out. And buy PSP whenever you see fit because it probably will stay good till the end.
  • tipoo
    Looking at the 3DS launch price, I'd say under 300 dollars for this is unlikely. Anything is affordable to some people, Sony, we want a hard number.