Mirroring a Bloomberg report, which mirrored an MCV report, which mirrored earlier rumors, Reuters now reports that Sony plans to unveil its next-generation PlayStation Portable gaming device at an event on January 27th. The event, which will take place in Japan on Thursday, falls on the same day Nintendo is expected to report a 40% slide in its quarterly profits. Reuters reiterates that Sony’s new portable gaming device will feature a touchscreen display and integrated 3G connectivity. Reuters also notes that Sony’s PlayStation phone could be announced at the same event, though the electronics company mat opt to announce the smartphone next month ahead of Mobile World Congress. Earlier reports suggest that Sony’s gaming phone will launch as the Xperia Play, and will feature a PlayStation-branded gaming experienced built atop the Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform. More →
According to Bloomberg, citing “two people familiar with the matter,” Sony and Sony Ericsson will be releasing the PSP2 and Xperia Play smartphone in January and February respectively. The publication writes that the updated iteration of the company’s popular mobile gaming console will be released on January 27th; the company will also “outline a strategy to use its networked entertainment services to share games, movies and music among handheld products, TVs and other devices.” The article goes on to note that the Xperia Play handset, which has been anything but a secret, should get unveiled in February at Mobile World Congress. Unsurprisingly, Sony declined to comment on the report when contacted by Bloomberg. More →
A report Monday morning offers new unconfirmed details on the upcoming next iteration of Sony’s popular PSP gaming console. In what is expected to be the most significant hardware revision since the PSP was first released in 2004, the PSP2 picture seems to take a clearer shape with each passing week. Now, Kotaku claims to have confirmed some important details surrounding the highly anticipated handheld. The blog has apparently confirmed rumors with several sources that Sony’s PSP2 will sport a rear-facing touch panel. The panel is described as a “big mouse trackpad,” though details on exactly how it will be implemented are still unclear. The report goes on to state that the display on the PSP2 will be sharper than the screen on the current PSP, and it will also be 1-inch larger. Sony is reportedly describing the display as “HD” in private meetings. In slightly more troubling news, the company may be having overheating problems with its current prototype hardware, but release delays are not expected. Sony is said to be targeting a release date some time in fall 2011 for the PSP2. More →
According to “trade sources” being cited by blog MCV, Sony will announce the update to its PSP gaming system — the PSP 2 — on January 27th in Tokyo, Japan. The report claims that, “Publishers were informed late last year of the plans, with some of Sony’s biggest parties already at work on titles for the high-specced [sic] device.” No information was provided that would indicate what exactly those new specs may be. More →
According to sources close to IGN, the rumored PSP 2 is a reality and may be coming sooner than expected. The updated PSP will reportedly sport a widescreen display with a multi-touch interface for in game control and menu navigation. An internal survey supposedly from Sony also reveals that Sony is considering a wide range of potential upgrades for the PSP 2, including internal storage options, GPS, bluetooth, keyboard, social networking functionality and nationwide wireless network connectivity. Unfortunately, all these details provided by IGN are without merit according to Sony. In a statement that both refutes the rumored claims and hands a big old fashioned smack down to IGN, Sony responds by saying:
Clearly, being a quiet time of year, many, what we thought to be credible websites, are making up stories about PSP2, and how it allows you to teleport across the globe, travel through time, and will be powered by the horns of baby rhinoceroses. Hopefully, you can sense a mild tone of sarcasm, which should hopefully indicate how ‘on the money’ IGN are. Needless to say, we don’t comment on rumour or speculation, but this is nonsense.
The entire matter is open to interpretation at this point. IGN may be spot on and Sony may be doing some quick “sweeping the rumor under the carpet” action. Likewise, IGN may be way off base and Sony is lashing out at baseless rumors that get people hyped up for a product with specs that will never be delivered. One thing is for sure, one company, be it IGN or Sony, will have egg on its face when all is said and done.
If you’re a PSP nut that happens to live on the other side of the pond, you’re due to get a good amount of video and film-content via your PSP in the near future. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Euro sat service SKY are said to be ready to deliver a "wealth of video and film content to more than 2.3 million PSP owners" in the UK and Ireland. Discussions have already ensued to get the content to the rest of Europe, and no word as to whether Sony plans a similar deal for the States. Look for the first demo of the service to land on August 22nd.