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.