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PSP2 may count on Xbox-level power to trump iPod

updated 10:20 am EDT, Fri October 29, 2010

PSP2 leak hints Xbox 360 level power

Sony's often-rumored PSP2 may count on Xbox 360-level performance to give the company back the gaming crown it lost to Apple, a rumor mentioned today. The choice of processor wasn't mentioned, but the design is expected to have 1GB of RAM, or twice as much as Microsoft's TV console. Kotaku didn't have insight but was persuaded it was "much more powerful" than the current PSP.

The existing design is virtually unchanged on the inside from its 2004 original, which uses a 333MHz MIPS processor and just 64MB of RAM. Reaching Xbox 360 performance may be difficult or impossible, as Microsoft is using a triple-core 3.2GHz processor and dedicated NVIDIA graphics. The fastest known mobile chip so far is NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2, which still trails well behind but would be much faster.

Purportedly, Sony is also maintaining its new approach of focusing on flash storage over UMD. The optical disc wouldn't make its way to the new model and would likely limit the PSP2 to downloads and Memory Sticks, although the design is said still up for debate. Some of Sony's more recent phones and other devices use some form of SD card rather than Sony's less used card format.

A bigger or higher-resolution screen, dual analog sticks and touchscreen or touchpad elements have also been mentioned, but Sony is still thought to be settling on the form factor. A launch isn't expected until later in 2011 and may use Android, since an upcoming PlayStation phone has surfaced in leaks.

Sony is under pressure to revitalize its handheld gaming business regardless of its exact strategy. It has routinely undersold compared to Nintendo's DS and has led to price cuts. Sony has tried to dismiss iPhones and iPods for gaming but has largely acknowledged that Apple's strategy has undermined much of the PSP's business.

Apple's hardware has been aggressively updated each year where Sony has rarely touched its platform, but it has often been credited for game prices just a fraction of what Sony charges and for being much more useful as a multi-role device where the PSP quickly falls apart beyond gaming.

by MacNN Staff



  1. polendo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    walking before running

    Sony: Could you please first realease GT5 instead? Afterwards do your thing.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sony is confused

    You would think that their games department could focus on a single target...making the best game machine out there, but they just cannot seem to do this...

    Regarding the games...make them ALL downloads (not a partial library like right now) and allow people to send in their UMDs for a free download of the game they already bought. THAT is the kind of action Sony needs to get people to WANT to buy their games, because Sony's games are much better games (for now) than 95% of what is on the App Store.

    The hardware is a difficult proposition. Sony should focus on a solid format and not chase Apple's design choices. The PSP2 doesn't need a touch screen, it needs dual analog sticks and a solid d-pad, plus MORE power and battery life....and PLEASE Sony drop that terrible web browser you are using!!!

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I second the release of GT5...

    Sony is really killing Gran Turismo fans. I was already set on getting the Collectors Edition. I'd started back playing GT4 just to warm up after almost a year's layoff. I was sure I'd have GT5 before the year's end, but Polyphonic let me down again.

    I also think that Sony shouldn't be chasing Apple but all Sony sees is $$$ signs from Apple's platform not realizing that iTunes ecosystem is driving iOS.

    I believe the PSP is a good gaming machine and very well-built. I used to use mine for games for hours, day after day for months, and it still looks like it hasn't been used. Now I just use it for watching videos. And that browser is the worst POS I've ever tried using.

    I wish Apple would build a hand-held gaming machine with D-pads and buttons, but it isn't going to happen. Even if they or some third-party just built some sort of cradle or something with physical controls.

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sony doesn't make Gran Turismo

    well, they are kind of a division of Sony... but they are effectively independent

    They don't release until it is ready, same as previous versions (although I do wish they had fixed the USB driver bug with force-feedback wheels in GT3 with a disk revision or something back in the PS2 days)

    4 took forever it seemed as well.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The PS3 has more power than the XBox360, but how's that working for them?
    The PSP has more power than the Nintendo DS, but how's that working for them?

    If it's a game machine - you need better games to compete. It's really that simple.

  1. facebook_Daniel

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Oct 2010


    give the company back the gaming crown

    I lol'd. Portable gaming belongs to Sony since when?

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sony problem

    Sony's issue is they don't make game. Unlike Nintendo which does both (hardware + software) just like Apple. Nintendo has the upper hand to make a game machine that can easily beat Sony in hardware and software but I leave it to the next Wii HD. Also Sony is pretty bad in pricing their products lately.

  1. AmiGod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I just want a PS4

    I owned an iPod Touch, and currently own an iPhone 4. I have plans on buying a 2nd generation iPad when it comes out. I love Apple's iDevices. But I do not play games on them. It's all about productivity. So why would I want to purchase a PSP2 - I already have enough dust collectors in the house. I say: Ditch the PSP2 plans and give me my PS4! If Sony wants my money for one of their products, that's the only way it'll get it from me. If I can play GTA, Burnout, or even Smackdown vs. Raw on my 60" plasma, then I'm happy. 'nuff said, but damn, it feels good to rant.

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