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.