PSP2, What We Think We Know (Several Updates)



***Not an official image. This is 1Up’s artist rendering based on developers descriptions***

The industry is bursting at the seams with information about the PSP2. One thing I’m sure we have all heard is it’s as powerful as the PS3. While I’m sure that’s an exaggeration, we can bet our bottom dollar on a powerful handheld system.

Recently 1Up has offered us even more information that they suggest is trustworthy.

It was stated by 1UP that it is roughly half as powerful as the PS3 itself combined with a screen that a developer described as “like the iPhone 4′s retina display but better.”

1UP went on to say, “We can confirm the rumored Uncharted spin-off game is real and in development as a showpiece game along these lines.”

Through developer sources, 1Up has made some other claims:

-back touch pad so that your finger does not block the screen
-front and back cameras
-tilt controls similar to the SIXAXIS
-dual analog sticks
-brick format like the original PSP’s and NOT like the PSP Go
-No UMD’s but instead will be using flash cart ROM’s
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Update 1:
Kotaku has insiders that claim the PSP2 has 1 gig of RAM. Twice that of the PS3

Update 2:
In a Eurogamer Interview, Danny Bilson from THQ gave a partial confirmation of the PSP2 by saying “I can’t really comment on hardware that is going to be released soon.”

Update 3:
Nikkei Newspaper says 3G and a multitouch OLED screen (Note) Nikkei is very very credible…I would almost go as far as to almost say this update is confirmed.

Update 4:
Engadget says Nikkei mentioned larger screen then the PSP and powered by a new potent silicon.

Update 5:
Codemasters CEO says the power rumors of PSP2 as strong as the PS3 are true.


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Eddie L. Headley on January 21st, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Uncharted….powerful…..sexy screen….color me impressed.

  2. #2 by Markus on January 21st, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    Looks pretty sweet!

  3. #3 by Dean147 on January 21st, 2011 [ 359 Points ]

  4. #4 by Eddie L. Headley on January 21st, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    not anymore Dean. Sony has issued up to 5 different designs to devs and have finally opted to avoid the PSP Go design due to the negative press that it gets. Its in the articles I’ve linked.

  5. #5 by Ceidz on January 21st, 2011 [ 34104 Points ]

    Sexy design !
    I can’t wait to see the official one

  6. #6 by Ajescent on January 21st, 2011 [ 2320 Points ]

    I like.

  7. #7 by EdEN on January 21st, 2011 [ 131367 Points ]

    Ok, I’ll get one in 2015.

  8. #8 by Eddie L. Headley on January 21st, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    I predict $299

  9. #9 by Jason Andrews on January 21st, 2011

    Depending on the specs and design i might get one. I have 2 PSP’s and i never play them.

  10. #10 by pedro on January 21st, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Looks really good, and possibly plays even better!

    However… it wont be possible to play PSP games on it, correct?

  11. #11 by Eddie L. Headley on January 21st, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    pedro: Looks really good, and possibly plays even better!However… it wont be possible to play PSP games on it, correct?  

    Rumors say no UMD (thank god). And with the PSP private keys now known, it could lead to cracking the PSP2 immediately.

    What I want….a charging stand a la 3DS, but holds the PSP up and an angle…then I can connect my PS3 controller via bluetooth and play games that way!

  12. #12 by Game Player on January 21st, 2011

    I’m not buying any portable until I have seen everything. Hurry up Sony, we need details fast.

  13. #13 by pedro on January 21st, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Eddie L. Headley:
    Rumors say no UMD (thank god).And with the PSP private keys now known, it could lead to cracking the PSP2 immediately.What I want….a charging stand a la 3DS, but holds the PSP up and an angle…then I can connect my PS3 controller via bluetooth and play games that way!  

    I think that’s both bad and good.

    But it sucks not to be able to play some old favorites on your new handheld.

    Playing with the controller it’s also nice, but I don’t know… that small screen sometimes feels better with the portable controls…

  14. #14 by Eddie L. Headley on January 21st, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    yea the lack of BC sucks…but it seems the DS, 3DS has left out BC in some newer hardware as well.

  15. #15 by Trieloth on January 21st, 2011 [ 3426 Points ]

    I can careless about two analogs. I dont know if its because iam old but the analogs got to go. The thing is to small for that. I preffer using the D-pad.

  16. #16 by Luke on January 21st, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    I am so used to the analog sticks now that I can’t go back to the D-pad, back in the day it was D-pad this and that but now I have a hard time with it. It needs at least 2 analog sticks, they failed with the PSPGO by not putting 2 of them.

  17. #17 by Eddie L. Headley on January 21st, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Putting dual analog on the Go would have been bad as it would have alienated the majority of psp owners from games that used them.

  18. #18 by Ceidz on January 21st, 2011 [ 34104 Points ]

    Eddie L. Headley: I predict $299  

    Hmm… Do you really thinks Sony could try to sell a portable device the exact same price the PS3 actually is… ?

  19. #19 by Beastxjason on January 21st, 2011 [ 27494 Points ]

    Give me monster hunter and Ill buy it.

  20. #20 by shadowcrazy on January 21st, 2011 [ 325 Points ]

    “It was stated by 1UP that it is roughly half as powerful as the PS3″

    this killed i for me :/

    but obviously I’d have to be an idiot not to purchase this product…or at least not into handhelds

    anyways the features sound good…if they exist that is since this info could be false…but unlikely

    anyways wondering what flashcart roms look like if its physical content

  21. #21 by shadowcrazy on January 21st, 2011 [ 325 Points ]

    Ceidz:
    Hmm… Do you really thinks Sony could try to sell a portable device the exact same price the PS3 actually is… ?  

    sorry for double post

    anyways you DO know the PSPgo was/is the same price as the current PS3 right?

  22. #22 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on January 21st, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    look bangin

  23. #23 by pedro on January 22nd, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    shadowcrazy: “It was stated by 1UP that it is roughly half as powerful as the PS3″this killed i for me :/

    I read that as well, but what’s the capability of the current PSP?

    I mean, if the new one’s half, this one is what? A third?

  24. #24 by kennygk on January 22nd, 2011 [ 24988 Points ]

    I didn’t know that there was gonna be a handheld uncharted game!!!! Now i’m REALLY excited

  25. #25 by Kane112 on January 22nd, 2011 [ 32937 Points ]

    uncharted on a psp2 sounds good to me. Curious to find out what will be released when they are finished

  26. #26 by ZFM12 on January 22nd, 2011 [ 1415 Points ]

    With the 3DS and the PSP2 coming out, i have no idea. I have a PSP but alast i don’t play and if i do use it’s only for Music so dunno. I use my puter and PS3 more…. It looks great and all but dunno.

  27. #27 by derrickgott007 on January 23rd, 2011 [ 871 Points ]

    The one thing Sony always fails at is RAM. Every system they’ve sold to date has not had enough RAM in it. They say it’s due to the cost of RAM but it’s cheap enough that they better have at least 1gb right out the gate or risk being obsolete from the start. Cellphones have more Ram then the ps3 has now!

    Let’s hope Sony hits it outta the park with this one. Would be bad if the windows phone 7 is more powerful than the PSP2.

    Keeping my fingers crossed. Sony you got me once with the PSP, so please make me a believer again with the PSP2!

  28. #28 by Eddie L. Headley on January 23rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    mobile RAM is not equal to pc or game console RAM. Not only that…their systems have had plenty of RAM…just not always utilized properly. PS3 has 512mb of RAM just like the 360. PSP has 64mbs or RAM which was plenty.

    Mobiles need all of that memory for multitasking and such. The PSP2 needs no more then 512mb of RAM to be far superior technically than anything out there as far as mobile gaming is concerned.

    honestly 1 gig is overkill.

  29. #29 by Eddie L. Headley on January 23rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Nikkei means 100% confirmed as far as the OLED screen and 3G rumor goes. Wow…gonna be pricey but freaking awesome.

  30. #30 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on January 23rd, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    To be honest, i know that it was made by an artist, and its ruff scetch of what he thinks it will look like, I personnally Don’t like the look he came out with. But everythings sounds great, what would be good though, would be a pop out screen. Like the screen pops out so that the we dont touch the edges of the screen, and or so our fingurs don’t get in the way. Flash cards sounds good, SIXAXIS incorperation is great. Should have the option for internal HDD, so that we can download games from PSN store.

  31. #31 by quentinsarff on January 23rd, 2011 [ 255 Points ]

    i dont like how the analog things r on top

  32. #32 by Dean147 on January 23rd, 2011 [ 359 Points ]

    oooh updates are exciting ! really want Sony to announce this soon. hopefully GDC :D

  33. #33 by Beastxjason on January 23rd, 2011 [ 27494 Points ]

    I agree with quentinsarff, analogs are going to be akward up there. Your index fingers will be touching your thumbs to fire lol Sony seems to think that people have really small fingers :P

  34. #34 by Eddie L. Headley on January 23rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Beastxjason: I agree with quentinsarff, analogs are going to be akward up there. Your index fingers will be touching your thumbs to fire lol Sony seems to think that people have really small fingers :P   

    this is just a mock up by 1UP as it says in bold up top. We have no idea what the final model will look like.

  35. #35 by Beastxjason on January 23rd, 2011 [ 27494 Points ]

    If specs are up to ps3 standards Id buy it if it was pink and had butterfly’s on it :P We should get a solid design any day now. They cant say under the 3ds radar :)

  36. #36 by SicSemperTyranis on January 23rd, 2011 [ 6405 Points ]

    I wonder what the battery life will be like. From what I understand the 3DS is about 5 hours. I hope that it’s better than that but if it’s as powerful as they say I doubt it,

  37. #37 by Eddie L. Headley on January 23rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    3DS is 3-5 hours with 3D effects turned on, 5-8 turned off.

    With an OLED screen, that will cut power drain down quite a bit actually.

  38. #38 by Squirtbot on January 23rd, 2011 [ 115 Points ]

    I was the biggest PSP fan, until I bought a PS3… and now I can’t play PSP anymore. It looks so bad in comparison.

    I would buy this new one, but if I can’t use the UMDs…

  39. #39 by Eddie L. Headley on January 23rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Squirtbot: I was the biggest PSP fan, until I bought a PS3… and now I can’t play PSP anymore. It looks so bad in comparison.I would buy this new one, but if I can’t use the UMDs…  

    UMD’s are battery sucking, slow loading, mistakes of the handheld gaming genre. So they will not be present lol.

  40. #40 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on January 23rd, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    Firstly, the portable will supposedly feature an OLED screen. Secondly (and more importantly!), the system will support 3G data, enabling over-the-air multiplayer and video and game downloads. just read that on joystick, I like it!!!

  41. #41 by Eddie L. Headley on January 23rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    I’m more excited about the OLED than the 3G.

  42. #42 by pedro on January 23rd, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Very exciting update!

    But to be honest… I couldn’t care less about 3G.

  43. #43 by Kane112 on January 23rd, 2011 [ 32937 Points ]

    oh 3g will come in handy. Hopefully they will make more online games for it then

  44. #44 by Luke on January 23rd, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    It will be cool to go online any time you want but 3G will suck on the battery. 1GB of ram and only a third as powerful as the ps3? How much is this thing going to cost with all these features?

  45. #45 by derrickgott007 on January 23rd, 2011 [ 871 Points ]

    3G isn’t really that important in my book. Ever seen the ping times on 3G? They are like 250-300 milliseconds. I sure don’t want to play online against someone with that bad of a ping time. Wifi is way way way better. It better have wifi support.

    I think some people are getting the PSP phone and PSP2 rumors confused. 3G has no place in gaming. Hell I played a few games on my iPhone on 3G and it’ll time out, or other players will say I lag. I’m hoping 3G is for the PSP phone and not psp2

  46. #46 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on January 23rd, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    derrickgott007: 3G isn’t really that important in my book. Ever seen the ping times on 3G? They are like 250-300 milliseconds. I sure don’t want to play online against someone with that bad of a ping time. Wifi is way way way better. It better have wifi support. I think some people are getting the PSP phone and PSP2 rumors confused. 3G has no place in gaming. Hell I played a few games on my iPhone on 3G and it’ll time out, or other players will say I lag. I’m hoping 3G is for the PSP phone and not psp2  ^

    AS along as there is a disabling feature then itll be ok on psp2 but itll be nice if the pjone had 4g.

  47. #47 by Eddie L. Headley on January 24th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Def no confusion Derrick. This is Nikkei reporting this. They have an impecible reporting record. Pretty much whatever they say you can take as a confirmation. They said wifi is there as well.

  48. #48 by Eddie L. Headley on January 24th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Also I know people that have gamed on the PS3 multiplayer with 3G without a hitch.

  49. #49 by Eddie L. Headley on January 24th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Codemasters CEO Rod Cousens has confirmed that the PSP2 rumors of it being as strong as the PS3 are true.

  50. #50 by derrickgott007 on January 24th, 2011 [ 871 Points ]

    @Eddie

    Sure they can game on PS3 using 3G but how much damage are they doing to other people playing on PSN over Wired connections? Ping times or 300ms or more is what is constant on 3G. That means laggy games on call of duty, disconnects mid game on other games and horribly laggy hosting. 3G was not designed for hosting… Period.

    Who wants to pay extra for 3G? I never on my PSP wished I had 3G.
    The number 1 selling iPad is the non 3G version. Hope there are 2 versions of the psp2 so I can opt out of paying for the hardware to run 3G if I’m never going to use it.

  51. #51 by Eddie L. Headley on January 24th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    depending on the game derrick. According to people that used 3G on their PS3, several games were unaffected. Resistance 2, FFXI are to name two of them.

    Also, 3G doesn’t mean there will be a provider. Kindle for example has 3G enabled e-readers at no monthly charge.

    To be able to play anywhere anytime would have an added benefit indeed.

  52. #52 by Kane112 on January 24th, 2011 [ 32937 Points ]

    yep yep the extra $40 i believe for the 3g kindle was well worth the money i spent. If there is two option and its only $40 more like the kindle for PSP2 with 3g i would deff pick that one up


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