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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.