PSP2 dev kit outed?

Images purportedly of portable prototype show dual analog sticks, forward and backward facing cameras, trackpad in rear.

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Source: Gaming Web site VG247.

What we heard: 2010 has seen a number of PSP2 rumors and reports surface. The most recent is a pair of photos purporting to show off a development kit for the platform, the existence of which was confirmed by an EA executive last month.

The photos appear to confirm the handheld will indeed--as rumored--have two analog thumbsticks, one more than the current PSP. They also show the device as having both forward and backward-facing cameras, as well as a D pad and the four iconic PlayStation buttons. The device looks to have a built-in microphone and HD screen, as well as the rumored touch-sensitive trackpad on its rear.

One thing VG247's photos do not claim to show is the PSP2's final form factor. According to its source, the photos are of the first PSP2 dev kit, which had a sliding chassis similar to that of the PSP Go. The newer models apparently resemble the PSP-3000, a change reportedly prompted by dev kits overheating.

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

Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. The photos match previous rumors, and the conspicuous "NOT FOR SALE" notice on the unit's back makes it look like a prototype of sorts.

Discussion

233 comments
Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Nintendo also learned from Sony.The 3DS is now much more connected and plays a greater variety of media. 3D Videos:check MP3:Check(FINALLY!And they kept the AAC from the DSi) Internet:Improved from DSi and check Constant scanning for wireless access for updates and downloadable game data: Check Wireless play with friends minus annoying codes:Check Wireless play with random people without codes:Check Encouragement to use the wireless sleep mode via a reward system:Check Not all of these ideas are from Sony but the movies and MP3 formats were done by them first.The nice thing is though,that Nintendo provided the gameplay innovations BEFORE throwing all this fancy stuff in.I'm afraid on the PSP that I just never found really unique games.It was an experience that could be had on your home PS2.Nice to be able to take a PS2 on trips I suppose...

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Ok,Nintendo proved the viability of touch controls with the DS,so I can see why Sony would want to include touch to stay competitive.But why on Earth is the touch panel on the back?My brother said maybe it's like those tables you see at hospitals with the magnetic cars inside it and you move them with magnets on the bottom of the table.I have to say,it would be difficult to use the entire touch surface without moving your hands off the dual control sticks,unless this thing is really small.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

All it needs is a solid medium for buying games and i'll buy one.

Serious
Serious

superior graphics, better sound and more games. That's all I'm hearing but the truth of the matter is that the PSP already had all of that. DS games suck in comparison. Sure you can have fun with them. I love playing games. but I like doing other things too. watching movies, listening to music and surfing the net. The PSP allowed me to do this and more. Add Social Networking, return skype, UMD for movies that gamers want. (sci-fi, Horror, Action and Anime) and sure add 3D why not Nintendo doesn't own that feature. I loved the way the DSi allowed you to play with sound and picture. but I really wanted was to mess with video. Rewind, Slo-mo and other video effects to store on your SD card or upload to you tube would be awesome.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

(Fingers crossed) that Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a launch title.

ELEMENTZERO707
ELEMENTZERO707

And I really hope they find a GOOD design choice for the system. The psp 1000-3000 was great. The analog nub was a bit uncomfortable at times but it worked. And it was pretty much a copy of the gba style. So instead of going for a strange phone design, why not try to emulate a gba sp/ds style? with a flip screen O.o? So the buttons and analog sticks are gonna be more comfy on the hands and easier to hold it an play it. Or go with the psp's original style and just ... fit things better :P Especially if you look at how the extra analog stick is only going to be used for camera control when necessary and shooting games O.o? Not to mention the psp could ahve simply used the D-pad for movement, and the analog nub for camera control in the first place. And have the control scheme for starwars battlefront renegade squadron , or resident evil 4 , or siphon filter for shooting games. honestly people want something that they really dont need, nor know why the truly want it.

ELEMENTZERO707
ELEMENTZERO707

And to state my reason on why the lack of UMD is actually bad. 1. you cant sell the games. 2. you cant get "used" ones or get games for a rather affordable. 3. If you lose the psp you kind of lose everything? I mean I would think you can re-downland it for free on your account, but still. But I do see 2 good things in this. 1. The reason most psp titles cost $40 is because the UMD's cost alot to make. So by removing the expensive disc, and dealing with pure data the prices can drop to 25-30$ instead. (hopefully) 2,. you can have all your games with you on the go, with all the storage data needed to maintain it :P

ELEMENTZERO707
ELEMENTZERO707

Honestly, I think It would be a very poor choice to release the PSP2 at the same time as the 3DS. Because the lack of UMD lowers the already low odds of somebody buying a psp over a ds. But I do commend both Sony and Nintendo, for releasing "upgrades" of their current portable systems. That introduce certain functions that will be in the next irritation, and the drawbacks. Sadly no umd support is alot more bothersome then the lack of a GBA slot.

RaaaJon
RaaaJon

no UMD equals another fail. It'd be worth it if i could play all my other games!

Foxdies
Foxdies

horrible! not the pspgo type of design! omg..buttons & joysticks should be on the sides like with the original psp..i've loved all the playstation designs up to the pspgo, which was an ugly and unhandy design imo..i really hope they don't take it in that direction

thebrickster007
thebrickster007

@ baza66 Reasons to buy the new PSP2: 1. Two thumbsticks 2.Trackpad 3. Prolly HD. 4. Cameras. 5, the most important of all, IT'S A BLOODY NEW PSP.

zMd113
zMd113

Thank God it's just a prototype, because that thing is UGLY!

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Once again.. SONY forgets THE FACEPLATE!! WHAT THE CRAP!

Jhnny77Prz
Jhnny77Prz

Imho, if digital game copies are going to be a success, a rather large flash memory will need to be implemented. I'd say at least 32GB expandable to 64GB by use of Memory Stick Micro or, preferably, MicroSD. People aren't going to like constantly deleting and re-downloading games. And please, no more awkwardly placed analog sticks. :)

Sulaymanqazi2
Sulaymanqazi2

i like the PSP and the DS! no more fighting!

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

@big-boss-91 you are right... they are not going to have the old UMD's so dont dislike my comment because thats the truth! geez! people also need to understand that this is why gamestop (the store) are acting like fan-boys and on their game-informer magazine, they said that the psp go is bad and that no one should get it and that is because it has no UMD's and no UMD's equal to bad gamestop buisness... so if you see gamestop saying that the psp2 will be bad (because they dont support UMD, the fuk them bacuse they are DS fanboys

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

i heard that psp2 will have almost everything on a ps3! im definitely getting one

Fred5107
Fred5107

If they make a PSP2, they should support PSP games, PS2 and PS classics, 1080p HD, and also should support 720p HD. Let's not forget the Wifi, skype, and Playstation Network or whatever it will be called.

Fred5107
Fred5107

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Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

Whatever they do, I hope that PSP2 will be compatible with PSP games.

baza66
baza66

I love how people have already made comments about whether they would buy this or not. Even if it is real, it's a prototype and is bound to change.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

@M3ran Your welcome! I just hope it will give us PS3 games.

M3ran
M3ran

@PodXCOM touch pad huh?i see,so like a touch screen but on the back yeah?seems to be very intresting,thnx mate

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

@M3ran It's like a touch-pad in the rear (back).

Knutte79
Knutte79

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killmoves93
killmoves93

i wonder how they are going to incorperate the track pad into games

M3ran
M3ran

in the second picture it has said rear trackpad what does that mean?can someone explain for me,thnx

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@Gelugon_baat LOL It dose have a built in camera so maybe it can exercise ghost.:P

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

no more retarted UMD's! (i heard that online)

Sulaymanqazi2
Sulaymanqazi2

"...DUAL ANALOGUE STICKS..." That made my day. It would make so many games playable including FPS! hellyae!

killmoves93
killmoves93

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amaan4ever
amaan4ever

looks like one of those classic sega controllers with a screen attached to it. It possibly could be that to

shkar
shkar

I might buy it as I don't have a PSP up until now...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Why do people keep commenting on its aspects of its appearence. Read the report. The above photo does not relate to the new design which we have yet to see. I swear, some of you just read the headline and look at the picture and then decide to share your ignorance with the rest of us.

diggyman
diggyman

Yeah I was about to say. There's no way that was gonna be the final look of that thing.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Goddamn my cell phone from the 80s can take better pics. Anyways, I like the idea of the dual thumbsticks, but the right one seems awkwardly placed. I dunno, that's just me. I prefer my right thumbstick to the lower right instead of the upper right.

killlo
killlo

I don't play very much with my handle systems but I still like to have them :)

theKSMM
theKSMM

Ah, another "the only good games for it are..." rant. That never gets old. Thanks for telling us what the good games are. Otherwise we'd never have known.

spike6958
spike6958

Meh, if it's anything like the last one I'll be sticking with Nintendo for handhelds again, the original PSP was a horrible system and the only good games on it where FFVII: Crisis Core, KH:Birth By Sleep, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

i hope they don't use the UMD, downloadable games is the future of gaming, its best to be ahead of other competitors

robtheguru
robtheguru

Make it a phone and i'll preorder now

edant79
edant79

I highly doubt the shell design is in any way finalized. Still curious though if they're going to stick with the current UMD format...

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

wtf i cant see anything. Why does gamespot have to use cheap sites for pictures

ElPadilla
ElPadilla

Hopefully that's a prototype having the analog sticks above the dpad and buttons could be very awkward to use. We'll just have to wait and see.

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

Someone had the flash up a bit too high

Oni
Oni

Not very cool looking.

laptop12
laptop12

due to that pic, psp2 look more friendly to me, and look cheap too

InsultToInjury_
InsultToInjury_

From those pictures I think it just looks really awkward to use. I'm not 100% on this one.

xatman911
xatman911

"...DUAL ANALOGUE STICKS..." That made my day. It would make so many games playable.