We've been hearing rumors of the Sony PlayStation Portable 2 for a long time now, but this morning, the device's existence has been confirmed by Electronic Arts senior vice president Patrick Soderlund.
In an interview with Computer and Videogames, Soderlund was asked if he had "had any exposure at all to the PSP2." He replied:
"Well, obviously as a developer we have had that - but I'm not allowed to talk about it."
Soderlund is the second developer who confirmed that the PSP2 was in his hands. Back in September, Mortal Kombat Executive Producer Shaun Himmerick told Industry Gamers:
"We have a PSP2 in the house and we’re looking at the engine, like what can it support. Always a big thing for us is the performance. We’re running at 60 fps, what can we do and do we have to build all the art assets over. We’re definitely looking at them. PSP2 looks like it’s a pretty powerful machine."
The rumors around the device say it has a back-of-the-screen touchpad, dual analog sticks, and a high-def screen that is bigger than the current generation of PlayStation Portable. If all that turns out to be true, it should be a very powerful, versatile handheld device, that almost seems like a contrast to the Nintendo 3DS.
This is totally speculation, but I wouldn't be surprised if Sony's strategy for the device is to present it as the "hardcore" handheld, and position it as the opposite of Nintendo's bright, fun-but-gimmicky portable. Maybe we're shaping up for a serious handheld war.
Source: Computer and Video Games