Could PSP2 be announced at E3, Move coming in September?

Sources close to Sony appear to have revealed that the company's big announcement at this years E3 in July could be a true successor to the PlayStation Portable. Meanwhile, a tweet from a British TV show host appears to suggest that the PlayStation Move could arrive in September - a whole month before Microsoft's Project Natal which has been confirmed for October.

Industry magazine MCV reports that it was informed of an increase in marketing spend by two major publishers for Q4 2010, which is bizarre at a time when PSP sales are low, with the last major revision, the PSPGo, doing little to help. The speculation of course is that the two publishers are gearing up for another major revision of Sony's handheld games console. With another publisher reportedly waiting for a "specific announcement from the platform holder" before it can reveal a number of unnamed future PSP titles, it is easy to see where the speculation comes from.

Sony's PlayStation Portable, which was released in 2004, has had few changes since its release. The only exception being the PSPGo which did away with physical media entirely, supporting digital downloads only - something which didn't seem to go down well, with sales numbers apparently very low across all major markets. With a successor to Nintendo's DS handheld console expected later this year, and growing competition from other mobile devices such as Apple's iPhone, a new PSP could be just what Sony are looking for.

However, until an official announcement this is just speculation. A spokesperson for Sony told MCV that there are currently no plans for a new PSP.

For another Sony related rumour, a tweet from channel Five's "The Gadget Show" presenter Jason Bradbury, suggests that the PlayStation Move motion controller could come in September. The tweet which Neowin discovered via 1UP reads, "another thing I was meaning to say. Sept for Playstation Move!!! I’m sure of it. Can’t say why. Just.. September 2010."

If true, that would mean that it comes a month ahead of Microsoft's motion-sensing camera for the Xbox 360, Project Natal, which was confirmed for an October release in an interview on Saudi Arabian television with a Microsoft Saudi marketing manager.

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Even if they finally decided to implement the dual analog thumb sticks, I feel its too late for this to take off. There were so many things that should've been done from the get-go.

This can be the next godsend to portable gaming but im afraid their past failed attempts and decisions with the previous versions will haunt them from here on out.

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
Even if they finally decided to implement the dual analog thumb sticks, I feel its too late for this to take off. There were so many things that should've been done from the get-go.

This can be the next godsend to portable gaming but im afraid their past failed attempts and decisions with the previous versions will haunt them from here on out.

Man i feel the same way, all the time they wasted on the stupid prettier designing instead of putting the much needed second analog in such a powerful little system. This is the reason why I sold my PSP, because the games really sucked and didn't make sense without having a second analog, making clumsy errors playing games, trying to use the buttons as an analog in first person shooters. ( was very frustrating) Sony was really stupid VERY stupid when it comes to the psp.

I would think they gonna do it next year but Sony getting behind 3DS.
I just hope they keep UMD drive, would be awesome with backward compatibility with PSP.

SHADOW-XIII said,
I would think they gonna do it next year but Sony getting behind 3DS.
I just hope they keep UMD drive, would be awesome with backward compatibility with PSP.
They would make more money with it not having a UMD drive.

thatguyandrew1992 said,

unless people dont buy the system because it doesnt have a UMD

+1 having UMD / BC with orginal PSP makes it more likely I would upgrade before waiting for any "killer app".

thatguyandrew1992 said,

unless people dont buy the system because it doesnt have a UMD

The major factor in why the PSPGo was such a failure, people want two things from their PSP, backwards compatibility and CFW

I can't wait to get the PS Move. Even if it's just gimick family games I don't mind, seeing as though I've got kids. (well one kid and a mrs)

chrispinto said,
I can't wait to get the PS Move. Even if it's just gimick family games I don't mind, seeing as though I've got kids. (well one kid and a mrs)

i'm not going to argue but i would highly recommended Natal... had a go on that thing. ITS AMAZING!

Sebianoti said,

i'm not going to argue but i would highly recommended Natal... had a go on that thing. ITS AMAZING!

Wonder if they can do any serious games with natal though, shooters and the like...
As for Move, been thee done that, it's called the Wii came out a couple of years ago Move has nothing that catches my interest, it's just too late to the game.

PSP2 though might be interesting, i say keep the UMD for backward compatibility but please make it a bit more sturdy, it's so flimsy currently, afraid to break it when you open it, if it would actually hod the UMD in place even when open would be nice too...
I do hope the star using memory cards or something for games though, UMDs are too big...

The one thing the PSP2 would need though is a second analogue "stick" several of the games right now are made like if they had two sticks but yo use the buttons on the right as the second, look at some of the Metal Gear games for example

Sebianoti said,

i'm not going to argue but i would highly recommended Natal... had a go on that thing. ITS AMAZING!

The only "real" game to showcase what natal can do so far has been burnout, and if you look at the videos of it carefully their is definite lag between your movements and the system reacting to it. Look at the guys hands as he is turning, you will see about a 1 sec delay.