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?