Remember how yesterday I was ranting and raving about whatever Sony had up it’s little Asian sleeve? Yeah I missed the unveil due to sleep and having to go into the internship this morning but hey at least I can tell you what it is now! So what did Sony unveil last night?
The project is not the Playstation Phone like some had suspected it would be and for that I am eternally grateful. No what they showed us is the next generation of portable gaming. They unveiled what gamers everywhere are calling the PSP2.
Of course Sony doesn’t call it the PSP2, no that would be too easy for them. They call it [and I kid you not] Next Generation Portable (NGP for short). Why can’t they be cool and say PSP2, that’s what it is isn’t it?
Anyways they debuted it at a conference with a display of it’s prowess by playing Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots a PlayStation 3 title on it almost easily. So that means we as consumers are getting a mini-PS3?!!! If that is the case I am pre-ordering one right away. Granted it’s still a ways away from a release date (Japan gets it I think September-ish) but that won’t stop American gamers from questioning an Nintendo’s new revamped (not really) 3DS.
What is the PSP2 though exactly in tech specs?
- CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
- GPU: SGX543MP4+
- External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
- Rear touch pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
- Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera
- Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
- Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
- Location: Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi location service support
- Keys / Switches: PS button, Power button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), Shoulder buttons (Right/Left), Right stick, Left stick, START button, SELECT button, Volume buttons
- Wireless communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G), IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR （A2DP/AVRCP/HSP）
What does it all mean? It just means that it is awesome. Let’s leave it at that shall we? I mean a touch screen feels like a gimme now a-days but let’s add on cameras in the front and back? Two analog joysticks? This is just insane.
But the key question here is price. With their competition being a 3-D Nintendo handheld system they have to have a friendly price. Nintendo’s product goes for $250 (MSRP) and by the time the PSP2 rolls around it could have a small price drop but unlikely. Rumors are flying saying the system could cost anywhere from $300-600. The higher it goes the less likely it will sell any systems.
Sony took a huge dive with the first few editions of the PS3 due to it’s exceedingly large price tag. But with recent price drops Sony seems to be moving the console more and more. If it is $300 expect more units to go from day one instead of having warehouses full of unwanted and unloved systems. Although what Sony should do is to compete fully with the handheld giant is to undercut Nintendo by 50 bucks and make their handheld a meager $200. Yes they will lose money but think of all the benefits. You steal valued customers away from Nintendo. Ahhh the beauty.
With no real titles announced the PSP2 seems to be the weaker of the two systems. I say watch out for E3 and the unveiling of an armada of games for the upcoming system. My wallet and bank account area already crying.