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What on the portable side of Sony need to happen? |

Sony introduced the PlayStation Portable to the world back in 2005, and many agree that activity on the scene has died down. Due to piracy and a lack of  “being in touch with the community” from Sony, this seems like the end of the road for the PSP. I’m not saying there has not been enough software but rather, I believe Sony does not know what to do with the system at the time. With the PlayStation 3 striding forward in sales and gaining more support from 3rd parties, and these such parties are even porting these games to the PSP, such as Dante’s Inferno, Modnation Racers, and LittleBigPlanet.

Sony tried to bring back interest to the PSP by doing a complete overhaul. This overhaul included in removing the disk drive and forcing digital distribution down consumers throats.This bite sized PSP is called the PSPGo. For this system to work, games on PlayStation Network needed to be cheaper and download speeds needed to be faster. That is where this fails to achieve. Games are not any cheaper than their retail counterparts and Sony chose to keep the same B wireless in the previous iterations of the PSP. I never quite understood the argument about the system being overpriced. The price seems right for what it is worth.

Another step Sony could take is by announcing the new generation of PSP’s, or as the rumor states, Sony is planning to have a “relaunch” with the PSPGo. I do not know what that entails but, it could mean one of two things. One, they are going to reduce the price to 200$ or lower and include a game and memory card. Two, the farthest from the likeliest, they add a second nub on the PSPGo.

I believe Sony should come out and say that the next iteration for the PSP is in works, and that it will blow my mind. I am fine with having one nub, but if they are going to add another one, they need it to make where it does not feel cramped. Another thing is that digital distribution is fine as long as that it is cheap, and easy. Since I am going on and on about what I want, I want a friends list like its big brother.

So what do you believe Sony should do with the PSP franchise?

  • Eddie

    I do believe PSP2 needs to be announced at E3…with that said…I’m greatly enjoying my PSP Go even still today. I love the direct download and built in hard drive.

  • Jay

    the dual stick thing would mean that they might as well just make a PSP2, since any game that will utilize it will be incompatible with the PSP and the Go.

    Given that, the PSP2 should also have a slide out keypad for messaging, a larger hard drive, a touch screen, maybe motion controls, a built in mic and earpiece speaker (so it will basically act as a phone) so you can use skype on it that way. Maybe a camera as well, and wireless N capability.

    To take that a step further, include a lot of the features the PS3 has, more apps, stuff like that, and full PSN integration.

    Or for maybe the ultimate, work with the Ericsson division and make the system capable of having phone service through a wireless provider as well.

    Given all that, though, the price would be very high, and with that, very risky. The DS is killing it because of not only the name, but the less expensive (thus, more appealing) price. Then again, the iPhone is making strides and it’s expensive as hell

  • Eddie

    DS isn’t much cheaper at all if any. DSi is $169 and the DSi XL will be $189. PSP 3000 is $169.