PSP2 in the Hands of Developers, To Target Younger Audiences?


There has been a lot of rumors regarding a possible successor to Sony’s PlayStation Portable. Even though Sony continues to deny a PSP2 is in the works some developers claim the handheld exists and it’s “pretty powerful. ”

When asked about a handheld version of the new Mortal Kombat by IndustryGamers, Netherrealm Studios Executive Producer Shaun Himmerick replied out of nowhere about the PSP2,

“…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.”


                     
Confirmation? Not according to Sony’s Michael Denny who responded to Himmerick’s comments by saying, “We don’t have anything to announce and nor are we giving anything away if we say we’re always looking at the future as well.” Not exactly much of a denial, really. Despite the downplay attempt by Denny, SCE WorldWide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida’s recent comments at the Tokyo Game Show, where he says the PSP  is “getting a bit old”, has added fuel to the speculation.

“When we launched PSP it was the newest, biggest, brightest thing that we had – and after five or six years, and releasing many games, there’s no denying that people start to see that it’s getting a bit old,” he said. “But we’re always trying to expand the market – now our focus is on shifting to a younger audience and a more casual audience, and we’re making games for that audience.”

There’s no doubt in my mind that Sony’s working on a new handheld. They may be saving it for a 2011 reveal at E3 where they will probably announce a PS3 price drop.


Written by: Sakinah - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by JCMoorehead on September 20th, 2010 [ 550 Points ]

    A few places have already called the PSP2 one of Sonys worst kept secrets and it wouldn’t surprise me if they werent working on one. It’ll be interesting to see what Sony do pull out for it if it is indeed true though. With the 3DS Round the corner I wonder what Sony might have for the PSP2 in order to counter it.

  2. #2 by Lan on September 20th, 2010 [ 207 Points ]

    Lets hope the old PSP games will be compatable

  3. #3 by mulligank on September 20th, 2010 [ 625 Points ]

    Lan: Lets hope the old PSP games will be compatable  ^

    Seriously So frusteting having a PSP GO and not being able to play the games I want

  4. #4 by EdEN on September 20th, 2010 [ 141871 Points ]

    The GO was outed a while before release so this could be true before the end of the year.

  5. #5 by JCMoorehead on September 21st, 2010 [ 550 Points ]

    mulligank:
    Seriously So frusteting having a PSP GO and not being able to play the games I want  

    Yeah that’s such an important feature for me as well. I missed out on the PSPGo because of it and I’m definitely hoping if there is a PSP2 it’ll allow for backwards compatibility.

    The only thing stopping it would be the UMD Drive should the PSP2 forgo UMDs altogether but technologically I imagine it’ll be capable of playing PSP games. Hopefully there will be a solution.

  6. #6 by Paranoimia on September 21st, 2010

    “PSP2 in the Hands of Developers, To Target Younger Audiences?”

    I think you’ve misunderstood things.

    They’re beginning to target the PSP towards a younger audience, as it’s getting on in years. The PSP2 will be aimed at Sony’s usual audience.

    It’s just like the main consoles… when the PS2 came out, the PS1 got more kid-friendly games. When the PS3 came out, the PS2 got more kid-friendly games. It’ll be the same with PSP/PSP2.

  7. #7 by J-MOS on September 21st, 2010 [ 165 Points ]

    Psp2 will be garbage

  8. #8 by EdEN on September 21st, 2010 [ 141871 Points ]

    Well, I still haven’t bought a PSP but might get one eventually, specially once it’s $100 or less.

    My money is being saved at the moment for the 3DS.

  9. #9 by Codyz on September 22nd, 2010 [ 55 Points ]

    I hear Sony is working on a PSP Phone, maybe this is the PSP2?


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