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PSP 2 coming pre-Christmas will be an iPhone beater

Sony's new compact handheld console will feature sliding touchscreen and dual analogue sticks

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Product: PlayStation Portable-4000 | Publisher: Sony Europe
For: PSP
 
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Whether it's labelled the PSP 4000 or the PSP 2, there's been a lot of rumour recently about an imminent successor to Sony's handheld console. There's also been a lot of talk about how Sony might react to the competition on offer from the phenomenal success of Apple's iPhone and iPod touch.

Unsurprisingly the console manufacturer has been comparatively mute in both cases, denying the existence of a PSP sequel and any threat from Apple. However, having spoken to an insider source – who's not Dave Perry, but is a developer working on the new hardware – we can reveal that the new handheld will arrive before Christmas and will be far more similar to the iPhone than the current device.

Like Apple's newcomer, the PSP 2 will be a compact device with a large touchscreen. However, where Sony's machine has the edge is when the touchscreen is slid open as it reveals familiar buttons, D-pads and – praise the Lord of Handhelds – dual analogue controls.

This new format should allow for both existing hardcore console titles as well as simpler touchscreen games along the lines of those currently available in the App Store. And like the App Store, (and in the absence of UMD), the games will all be available for digital download via the PlayStation Store.

Although this hasn't been confirmed, our speculation is that Sony's initial plans for a small upgrade to a PSP 4000 model have since been accelerated by the success of the iPhone and arrival of Nintendo DSi.

As yet those are all the details we have, but we understand the full specs and pricing will be unveiled at E3 in June.
 

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Chris James 7 April 2009
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Anonymous | 14:07 - 19 July 2009
will you put the disc in like the normal psp at the back of the psp2?
Anonymous | 02:40 - 25 May 2009
I PHONE SUCKS! I GOT RID OF MINE. IF YOU WANT A HAND HELD GAME SYSTEM STICK WITH PSP OR DS CANT WAITE TO SEE WHAT NEXT FROM SONY BY THE WAY 3G SUCKS ASS WHO HAS THE MOST DROPPED CALLS 3G DOES WANT A REAL CELL PHONE GET A SPRINT OR T MOBILE
Anonymous | 08:19 - 8 April 2009
豪洨 PSP3000也才剛出多久 怎麼可能會馬上出
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klouud | 21:26 - 7 April 2009
Matty... a good PSP converter will do the trick for you.
Anonymous | 19:33 - 7 April 2009
Wow, sounds awesome, the last thing i want is for it to hav really clear sound and good headphones, that would make it for me.
Anonymous | 17:06 - 7 April 2009
I wander if it will have a GTX295 and an i7 Extreme - Thats I heard from a friend in Sony.
Anonymous | 09:51 - 7 April 2009
Going to a servicing issue nightmare if it looks like that, cracked bent and broken screens aplenty. At least my PSP original is pretty immune to lugging around. Hopefully Logitech can produce an armour case with a slot for the screen????
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Spanner | 09:18 - 7 April 2009
Because of the Osbourne Effect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_effect
Anonymous | 09:07 - 7 April 2009
all your saying is just hear say. Why would Sony keep on denying something that they know could blow the iphone and ds out of the water
Anonymous | 08:55 - 7 April 2009
Sony has announced like 15 games for PSP 1 in 09.They are not gonna piss all over those amd announce a brand new PSP(PSP2).They might announce PSP 4000 but not a PSP2 at least for another year.
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