PSP 2 possibly coming to E3 2010

Sony is gearing up for a big PSP overhaul. After losing a lot of steam to other mobile gaming platforms like Nintendo's DS series and the proliferation of smartphones capable of downloadable casual gaming, Sony Europe's UK Director of Sales, Mark Howsen, tells MCV that they are planning to "reinvent the whole PSP model." Sony realizes that most consumers are willing to pay high-end prices for a piece of hardware, but expect to pay next to nothing for requisite software. The PSP software model is based off the traditional mobile video games pricing model, wherein buying just a few games will cost almost as much as the hardware itself. Sony released the PSPGo, a disc-less PSP that supported digital distribution, but it failed in the market. In trying to grab the market that wants cheap software, Sony is offering ten free games with the purchase of  a new PSPGo. Howsen understands that the current business of mobile handheld gaming needs to change. "To reinvent the whole PSP model, we need to look at handheld in a very different way, in the context in which consumers are now viewing it," says Howsen. 

According to MCV, it's been rumored that Sony will unveil the PSP 2 at this year's E3 conference, possibly sporting a touchscreen interface, if the speculation of a 'senior industry source' can be believed. If Sony can really embrace the concept of cheap, easily distributed software, and back it up with a solid piece of hardware, we could very well see the resurgence of the PSP as a viable portable gaming option in the future.

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I would definitely consider buying one....I LOVE my PSP And hopefully it will get a cfw too....love emulation on the go

TechDudeGeorge said,
Meh, When PSP2 comes. Turning off. When 3DS comes! Just mega awesome

that's a jaded view. even if you have no intention of buying a psp2 you could at least see what's going to be in it if only because the competition might improve the 3DS in someway. i'm just glad there is competition in the handheld market now and Nintendo can't get away with releasing 10yo technology anymore. alot of that is thanks to the iphone and other phones as well.

Edited by macrosslover, Jun 2 2010, 5:14pm :

macrosslover said,
Nintendo can't get away with releasing 10yo technology anymore. alot of that is thanks to the iphone and other phones as well.

Yes, because that's the one thing that's been proven this generation... that old-technology CANT sell.

macrosslover said,

Nintendo can't get away with releasing 10yo technology anymore. alot of that is thanks to the iphone and other phones as well.

How is it. Nintendo was first in the Touch Screen range a few years back. Before any others. Before the iPhone/iPod's. And now it will be in 3D without glasses before any other console. In my terms I'd say Nintendo is ahead of the others.

Even as well. The DSi got a camera (even though bad) and the PSP does not even have one (build-in).

TechDudeGeorge said,

How is it. Nintendo was first in the Touch Screen range a few years back. Before any others. Before the iPhone/iPod's. And now it will be in 3D without glasses before any other console. In my terms I'd say Nintendo is ahead of the others.

Even as well. The DSi got a camera (even though bad) and the PSP does not even have one (build-in).

the underlying guts of the system are dated and not updated on the same time table as smart phones. The catridge technology is extremely dated and the online options and abilities could be better. The 3DS definately needs to be more online aware and capable than the DSi.

It wouldn't hurt Nintendo to give players the option to download games from the internet like every other system in the world has now or allow you to listen to music on your system or watch a downloaded movie. Those are just a few things but wheter you want to see the threat that Apple (sadly) and other phone companies pose to Nintendo, it doesn't matter because Nintendo sees that threat.

There's no way the next system is going to be able to maintain DS level sales numbers if they come out with a new smart phone with improved tech every year and the 3DS comes out the gate with technology that's a few years old with no guarantee it would be updated again until a new model.

Like it or not, since most of Nintendo's money comes from portables, the 7yo life cycle for their system is probably over and they can't just release anything anymore, slap a Nintendo logo on it and call it a day. Apple currently has those customers occupied.

Edited by macrosslover, Jun 2 2010, 6:32pm :

macrosslover said,

It wouldn't hurt Nintendo to give players the option to download games from the internet like every other system in the world has now or allow you to listen to music on your system.
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They is a thing called a DSi you know. It not only has a music channel that allows you to listen to music (And mess around with it using sound effects etc) and also has a thing called the DSi Shop which allows you to purchase games.

macrosslover said,

the underlying guts of the system are dated and not updated on the same time table as smart phones. The catridge technology is extremely dated and the online options and abilities could be better. The 3DS definately needs to be more online aware and capable than the DSi.

It wouldn't hurt Nintendo to give players the option to download games from the internet like every other system in the world has now or allow you to listen to music on your system or watch a downloaded movie. Those are just a few things but wheter you want to see the threat that Apple (sadly) and other phone companies pose to Nintendo, it doesn't matter because Nintendo sees that threat.

There's no way the next system is going to be able to maintain DS level sales numbers if they come out with a new smart phone with improved tech every year and the 3DS comes out the gate with technology that's a few years old with no guarantee it would be updated again until a new model.

Like it or not, since most of Nintendo's money comes from portables, the 7yo life cycle for their system is probably over and they can't just release anything anymore, slap a Nintendo logo on it and call it a day. Apple currently has those customers occupied.

I tend to disagree here. It's not the tech that makes the plataform. The games do. And Nintendo is top here (I doubt you have many iPhone games that can go against Nintendo games). You can also consider pricing...while the iPhone cost 199, you haveto take into account that you are attached to a 2 year contract and that if not for that, you would pay 600 bucks on an iPhone while the 3DS will probably be sold between 100 and 150 dollars.

For the last point, the Wii is a generation behind Xbox and PS3, and yet it has proven to sell better than them. Hardware specs are for tech fans, most people don't give a damn about it, they care about what usability and fun it provides them.

macrosslover said,

the underlying guts of the system are dated and not updated on the same time table as smart phones. The cartridge technology is extremely dated and the online options and abilities could be better. The 3DS definately needs to be more online aware and capable than the DSi.

It wouldn't hurt Nintendo to give players the option to download games from the internet like every other system in the world has now or allow you to listen to music on your system or watch a downloaded movie. Those are just a few things but wheter you want to see the threat that Apple (sadly) and other phone companies pose to Nintendo, it doesn't matter because Nintendo sees that threat.

There's no way the next system is going to be able to maintain DS level sales numbers if they come out with a new smart phone with improved tech every year and the 3DS comes out the gate with technology that's a few years old with no guarantee it would be updated again until a new model.

Like it or not, since most of Nintendo's money comes from portables, the 7yo life cycle for their system is probably over and they can't just release anything anymore, slap a Nintendo logo on it and call it a day. Apple currently has those customers occupied.

For a Handhelds cartridge make tons more sense then a disc does, the disc drive in the PSP I have noticed is loud, and slow, where as the DS loads stuff way faster. I'm pretty sure nintendo will continue to use cartridge because the that dev board 3DS that leaked out had a DS slot. They even said it would be backwards compatible with DS games.

sviola said,

I tend to disagree here. It's not the tech that makes the plataform. The games do. And Nintendo is top here (I doubt you have many iPhone games that can go against Nintendo games). You can also consider pricing...while the iPhone cost 199, you haveto take into account that you are attached to a 2 year contract and that if not for that, you would pay 600 bucks on an iPhone while the 3DS will probably be sold between 100 and 150 dollars.

For the last point, the Wii is a generation behind Xbox and PS3, and yet it has proven to sell better than them. Hardware specs are for tech fans, most people don't give a damn about it, they care about what usability and fun it provides them.

You can get an iPod Touch for $200 no contract - essentially a PMP with some exceptional games and functions. Sorry If I had $200 in my pocket id buy a ipod touch before a DS

macrosslover said,
There's no way the next system is going to be able to maintain DS level sales numbers if they come out with a new smart phone with improved tech every year and the 3DS comes out the gate with technology that's a few years old with no guarantee it would be updated again until a new model.
Don't be so sure. That same argument in theory can be applied to the console market vs the PC but the truth is console gaming now days is the stronger of the two.

The market is not as obsessed with technical specifications as some people like to think it is. You can look at the Wii sales too to see that or the fact the PSP sold a lot less than the DS despite being technically superior.

Also smart phones are currently in an awkward transitional period. Their chips can run games fine but they aren't end user friendly devices. They are capable of a lot while being the master of not an awful lot (besides multimedia). Either they have no keys at all so you are stuck with a clumsy touch screen interface which isn't that good for gaming or it has a QWERTY keyboard which is completly overkill for games.

The other big issue too is that the OS's are very generic. WM7 and Android will have phones with and without keyboards so how do you make a game if you can't tell what physical keys, if any, will be there? As 3D games become more prevalent the specs of the phone will matter more too which is something buyers haven't had to pay too much attention to so far but it's about to matter a lot.

Until mobile phones overcome that issue they will be good gaming machines out of convinience but they won't be dedicated gaming device replacements.

Edited by Smigit, Jun 3 2010, 2:57am :

Why does it sound like that there would be smart phone quality cheap games on the PSP 2.
Sony Corporation- whatever the new business model is for the new PSP, don't try to tap two market segments with the same device.

Jdawg683 said,
hey how about we just wait a few days instead of speculating.

Because if we don't speculate, there won't be any need for comments on the news...And it is also fun

Meh, I've lost interest in dedicated mobile gaming platforms (have a DS Lite and PSP) and to be honest I think they are a thing of the past. Now that mobile phones are capable of matching (and sometimes exceeding) what dedicated mobile consoles can do, they are becoming obsolete. That is my 2 cents anyway, take with a grain of salt.

Xerxes said,
Meh, I've lost interest in dedicated mobile gaming platforms (have a DS Lite and PSP) and to be honest I think they are a thing of the past. Now that mobile phones are capable of matching (and sometimes exceeding) what dedicated mobile consoles can do, they are becoming obsolete. That is my 2 cents anyway, take with a grain of salt.

I agree, especially with the soon to be released WP7. It'll have XBL and then we'll see what kind of gaming will come with that. They'd be better off integrating the PSN with their Ericsson devices.

They still need physical controls but for a good deal of games. I agree they are going that way but they need a solution to the control situation.

I honestly doubt they are. The 10 free games in Europe sounds like a bad thing to run the same time you are trying to push the new console...It'll steal spotlight from the announcement. Maybe if the game promotion had come a month or two ago, but I doubt you'd really want to do both at once (unless the PSP2 isn't going to be available for another 12 months anyway).

All I know is if they fail with backward compt on the handheld they will be troubled out the gate. Also, download for the kind of games Nintendo and Sony create on handhelds should not be the only option. iPhone games are much more small in size and they are partnered with the computer. Thus if they go that route the device will have to be a media powerhouse like doing music, games, internet, and other media well. In agreement with Steve Ballmer, the key to the iPhone was the execellent internet experience.

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