PSP2 dev kits widely released - Report

Sony prepping for "significant launch window lineup" for second portable, according to online reports.

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Each month since the NPD Group ceased tracking PlayStation 2 figures, the PSP has been dead last in the industry-research group's monthly hardware rankings. However, the platform's life-to-date sales of 62 million units have convinced Sony to make grand plans for its successor, according to an article in Develop.

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The UK-based magazine today reported that Sony has distributed software development kits to "key studios." Further details on the scope of the release were not outlined, other than to say it was in preparation of a "significant launch window lineup" for the platform. When exactly that launch window would be was not made public, and Sony reps declined to comment on what they consider "rumor and speculation."

If confirmed, the launch of a second PSP would amount to a trebling down by Sony in the portable market. After the release of the PSP in 2005, the company bet again on a heavily redesigned form factor, the PSP Go, in 2009. However, the latter never paid off. Although US sales figures are not available, the optical-disk-drive-free portable has finished at the bottom of the Japanese hardware charts for months, selling only 863 units during the week ending September 19.

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