The rumours of Sony's PlayStation Portable 2 have kicked up another notch today as ex-Shiny designer David Perry said that not only is the PSP2 very real, but could be on the market by the end of this year.
Speaking to Kotaku
today, Perry said that he's been in regular contact with developers at Sony who are working on the devise and that it should be out soon. According to Perry the rumour that the PSP2 will be UMD-free is true as well and the ultimate goal is to have the PSP2 be an entirely digital platform.
"I've been pounding on Sony for a long time to make the Playstation Portable relevant and not to let Apple stroll away with the portable game market
," he said. "Look at what Apple is doing now. Why are so many investors investing in Apple game development? Trying to pitch a PSP game to investors right now is brutal.
Perry reckons that the PSP2 will connect directly to a PC in order to access new content and that all existing PSP games would be made available on the PlayStation Store, ensuring backward compatibility.
If the market isn't in favour of that though then Perry points out that it would still be possible to distribute games on low-cost memory sticks, if needed.
That said, Kotaku does point out that even though Perry insists the PSP2 is coming this year, a lot of the details are purely speculative.
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