PSP2 'as powerful as the PS3'?

Unconfirmed reports have Sony touting handheld as a smaller version of its HD console; reportedly shipping in Q4.

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Source: British trade site MCV.

What we heard: Yesterday, dual reports out of the UK indicated that Sony may use a January 27 media briefing in Tokyo to unveil the PSP2. Today, the source of one of those reports expounded on the announcement with more reported details about the device--and how Sony is marketing it to developers.

The PSP2 will reportedly have a form factor similar to the PSP-3000.

According to MCV, Sony is touting the PSP2 as being "as powerful as the PlayStation 3" to British developers. The company is reportedly trying to position the handheld as a higher-end alternative to Nintendo's upcoming 3DS, complete with an HD screen and dual thumbsticks.

To reflect the PSP2's upscale status, Sony is also apparently requesting that developers create games as in-depth as PS3 titles so they can be differentiated from more casual offerings on the iPhone and Android systems. The company hopes that months of hype about handheld HD gaming--supplemented by E3 and GDC appearances--will entice developers to support the device prior to a Q4 launch.

MCV also reported that the handheld will also have a "brick" form factor similar to the PSP-3000, not the PSP Go-like sliding chassis spotted in reportedly leaked photos of the dev kit. The handheld will also have a physical media component so retailers can participate in its business, although it was unclear if it will be the UMD format used by current PSPs.

The official story: Sony had not returned requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Likely not bogus that Sony is touting the handheld as a portable PS3. The company took a similar tack when promoting the original PSP as a portable PlayStation 2, talking about how much of the handheld's innards were miniaturized versions of the then-new slimline PS2. As for the other details…well, January 27 isn't that far off now, is it?

Discussion

245 comments
yabbal
yabbal

It wouldn't surprise me if the new PSP has a cell processor, but just because it is the same architecture doesn't automatically make it "as powerful". Considering the power that the PS3 consumes the PSP version will need to be a cut down version (much like the Atom processor is a cut down x86). Don't get me wrong here I have no doubt the graphics will be excellent, but I am betting it wont be PS3 level processing (nore does it need to be IMO).

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

I find it highly ironic that Sony is the one pushing 3D gaming on its home console and Nintendo is pushing 3D for their portable console. You'd think that Sony would've also pushed for 3D for their own portable console but it seems as if Nintendo got the jump on them from that angle which is, again, ironic considering it was Sony that came up with the whole "games in 3D" movement.

XAF1
XAF1

Considering how much Sony spent on the R & D of the Cell chip for the PS3 and how powerful it is, I'm not amazed that they would consider using it in a handheld. It makes sense in away. Everything depends on what the games will be like. The Nintendo 3DS will be in a category of its own if Nintendo really pushes the 3D game development---offering something unique only to it. It will be interesting to see what Sony does with it's second round in the handheld setting. I was one of the early purchasers of the original PSP --- my 1st and last go at handheld gaming.

Arcadia_Roxas
Arcadia_Roxas

Just five more days. Hopefully they announce some interesting launch games.

lwsydney
lwsydney

Now this could be astounding. As far as competing with the 3DS, well, it's Nintendo so don't count on it. But, think if it really were that powerful. The price would have to be enormous

giedrius1001
giedrius1001

anyway psp is really powerful machine and its really are very close to ps2 specifications, gta liberty city stories, vice city stories, mgs peacewalker all they have graphics similar to ps2 versions :) and psp2 definitely going to be very monster machine im expecting such graphics like xbox original halflife 2 or farcry 1 in 540p or maybe even 640p resoliution :) its no doubt will kill 3ds, wich is nonsense for my point of view, 3d in miniature screen, prepare kill your eyes 3ds users, yes you can turn off it, but without 3d this console is same as psp with camera, so definitely psp2 is a favourite in next generation handheld battle :P

neoclive
neoclive

@Sirbobislost well i say that based on my own experiences, i have both a ps2 and a psp, and i can't help but compare the two when it comes to ported ps2 games on the psp, and there's not a lot of them, most are 2d sprite-turn based games like digaea, even those are not as crisp as their ps2 counterpart, what i want to see are ports of the best ps2 games on the psp like ico and shadow of the colossus, if they can do that then the psp is AS powerful as the ps2, and i'll eat everything i've said. given i think the psp is almost as powerful as the ps2, but it's not a portable ps2 like what they are advertising. the end. :D

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@neoclive I dunno ghost of Sparta looks as good if not better then god of war2 but ofc when they say "as powerful as" this could mean be like when they say phones can record in HD it is HD but only based on the screen size of the phone

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

Thats not surprising, the iPhone 3GS that came out early 2009 had more than twice the computing power of a PS2, and it's a phone that wasn't built focusing on power for gaming. The 360 and the PS3 were speced-out in late 2004, about 6 years ago. It would be great if it's true about it not being like the PSP Go and it having dual thumbsticks.It would be nice if it does have an HD screen that the screen would be larger, although there isn't much room for expansion given it's size. Maybe if it flipped open, both sides being thin, then the screen could be a little larger; plus that would protect the screen when not in use, but I seriously doubt that's going to happen. Looking forward to finding out more info soon!

Asemco
Asemco

@ dawnofhero: Arent the speakers on the 2000 series at the top of the front? Not the bottom?

Bboyjhin
Bboyjhin

yup maybe i will get both oh yea baby

geomyr
geomyr

psp 2 has powerful has the ps3 omg this is a good news imagine playing ps3 in a handled game console :)

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

those expecting it to cost less then a 3ds your on somthing because im betting a 450 to 600 dollar price range the same range for ps3 launch lol , and this is a new handheld i doubt theyll charge the same price as they do ps3s now if they did no one wou ld buy a ps 3 then lol would be no use expect a 3 hour battery life again ,

digi-demon
digi-demon

Those rumours of Sony finding a use for all those 'cast-off' reject Cell Processors true then?

GodBladeMegaten
GodBladeMegaten

@Aentikraist I've never met you and I like you already xD A DMC/GoW/MGS/SilentHill title on the psp2 apart from what we already got on the psp would rock....as long as,like you already stated, the psp2 doesnt cost $1000 or something! And yeah ninja theory sucks!!! Dunno why Capcom let them in on developing dmc5 but emo-sick-street-punk-dante sucks >.> they completely ruined our favorite devil hunter QQ

GodBladeMegaten
GodBladeMegaten

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aCheezPuff
aCheezPuff

holy crap if the psp2 has ps3 graphics then i cant imangine what the Playstation 4 will be like if there will be one? which there might not be.. because of the fking hackesr that jailbreak everything for cheap asses

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

The image of the PSP in this article is actually a 2000 model, GameSpot, not a 3000 model.

franzito
franzito

If this is true, then technology has gotten crazy

supernaught360
supernaught360

Ummm, if it's coming out in Q4 and they haven't developers onboard yet, it could be awhile before we see any quality titles. But the thought of PS3 graphics on a handheld is creamy...

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

if its umd, cd or cartilage i dont care as long as it aint pspGo umd less crap then its a buy

nnids4
nnids4

I hope its backwards compatible with the PSP and PS2. They really need to expand the PS1 library

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

and obviously anther Silent hill and more Metal gear gaaaaaaaaaames!!!!!!!!!!!

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

daaaaamn well not a bad news this is mmm but still hope the powerfulness of the psp 2 doesnt meant its gonna cost like 1000 dlls as long as that doesnt happen as the ps3 its really fine im trying to sweeten my thoughts haha by thinking that this maybe means at least another God of war game plz plz plz and finally a DEVIL MAY CRY done by capcom alone not idiotic ninja theorry westernized silly versions and maybe a portable Super street fighter IV damn that would be awesoooooooome!!!!

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

@x-2tha-z dont forget that the world will be ending in december 2012, so maybe we wont get to see the next gen home consoles , quite sad really......

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

On the issue of UMD's I'm expecting they'll have to give it a built in harddrive or internal memory and just have the games completely install from the disc, leaving the disc to just prove you've bought it. frankly for those who've *done what you shouldn't mention on here* (think it's against the rules to mention it anyway...) will have noticed how nicely the game loading speed is off the memory stick.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Well well well.Finally some details from the other corner of the ring....Maybe I'll get both,then I win no matter what!

Daanyal
Daanyal

@Oni_Taedo Also, I didn't mean to sound like a fanboy because I was referring to your comment saying that it looked like it was designed for midget hands. (I have tiny hands)

Daanyal
Daanyal

@Oni_Taedo Sorry, I just didn't mean to sound like a fanboy.

daabulls23
daabulls23

I'm guessing the PSP2 will have good PS2 graphics. I hope the screen is a higher res.

andrei_10
andrei_10

So...a portable PS3? That would be...AWESOME! but i hope they're working on something that won't overheat the system in 2 seconds

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Yeah right that kind of processing would heat up and burn your hands in 2 minutes.

meke186
meke186

@inaka_rob okay. but thats what im saying if it isnt as powerful as the ps3 whats the point of it and same goes for if its as powerful as a ps3, cause its like i already have a ps3, and i doubt it will be more powerful than the ps3. Most likely it will be as powerful as the ps3. and no matter what im getting a 3ds because i already have a ps3

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Finally, dual thumbsticks! Also, bring on another Syphon Filter game - they went too well on the PSP to pass up making more.

Henninger
Henninger

Hmmm i think i might have 2 pay attention 2 that conference more than i wuz gonna now. This could b interesting.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

I hope the PSP2 uses Cards like the DS and 3DS so it will keep load times down or be non-existent.

snake63
snake63

If the next generation PSP and consoles are going to be download it will be the end of stores like Gamestop. I do believe that the new PSP will be like the I-Pad with games as apps where you have to be online to play since there will be a question of storage.

necronaux
necronaux

Probably be priced as expensive as the PS3, too. $299 - $399 likely.

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

@Daanyal Owning other consoles doesn't not make you a fanboy.

neoclive
neoclive

that's one way to hype it.

neoclive
neoclive

well, psp isn't as powerful as ps2, that's for sure

DKant
DKant

What would the _point_ of playing games like Uncharted - with rich, lush environments - be on a tinny screen - and the PSP's is about as large as they can get with portables. And then what is the point at all of putting a HD resolution display on a mobile device? How am I even going to notice the difference between a 1280x720 screen and (looking at the iphone) 640x960 screen? Wouldn't lowering the number of pixels leave processing room for snazzier effects and such? Why is everyone so crazy (looking at newer/rumored Android phones) about HD screens on frigging MOBILE devices? I don't get any of this at all.

wilsiao
wilsiao

With PSP2 at the same screen size as PSP, there will be no significant visible difference by making it HD. The existing resolution is just fine. They would just be making them cost more. By making it more powerful, it should make better color renditions. Trade-off might be shorter battery life with the same form factor. While 3D is a much better experience for much bigger screens like HDTVs and not for handhelds. It would just be plain gimmick. Well, Sony would like to put in these premiums so that they could charge more for the price of these new handhelds. What is most important is better games/gameplay. Unless the HD and/or 3D features are being planned for PSP2s connecting to HDTVs.

elletheking
elletheking

if the psp 2 will be as powerfull as the ps3 it will cost as the name of the psp 3000 says in dollars!

da_illest101
da_illest101

as long as it is as good the as the psp, we have a winner for me

Solid_Azeus
Solid_Azeus

playing uncharted 3 under the desk in my office FTW!

Abberon
Abberon

@James00715 Well first off, one of the reasons the Wii has sold so much better was because it was so much cheaper. Sony hasn't been able to manufacture and sell the PS3 for a profit until recently. Its starting price back in 2007 was ridiculous considering the games that were available then. Since then they've turned things around, but that's not really the point. In terms of the PSP, you have to look at what it's for. When and why would you play a handheld? Because you can't play your usual console. When would that be? When you're on vacation, or in the car or waiting somewhere, which is not the majority of the time. The question, therefore, is why would you spend big money on a handheld gaming system that you'll only play when you can't play your PS3/Xbox360, when there is a far cheaper alternative with a larger and more casual gaming library? I love Sony. I'm a Sony fanboi. I much preferred, however, my DS over my PSP (which I sold shortly after buying) for the reasons above.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I hope Sony stays away from UMD. They were part of the downfall of the original PSP system. A flash-based media card is the best bet for them right now.

oneligas
oneligas

if this rumor is true PSP2 is going to be pricey

Johnny9ball
Johnny9ball

Well the PSP 3000 is about as powerful as the PS2 so......maybe