Japanese newspaper Nikkei revealed some major details concerning the PSP2, reporting that the portable system will include 3G connectivity to the NTT DoCoMo network. While this particular network is exclusive to the Far East, the included 3G connectivity means we can expect the same thing for the American launch of the PSP2. With 3G connection speeds, the PSP2 would be capable of downloading data over a phone network, instead of being limited to wi-fi connections.
Also, Nikkei broke news that the PSP2 sports an OLED touch-screen, and an all-new processor for delivering cutting edge handheld performance. All will be confirmed January 27th, when Sony officially unveils the PSP2 to the world.
While Sony has made sure to carefully tip toe around any questioning concerning a possible PlayStation Portable successor, Netherrealm Studios Executive Producer Shaun Himmerick revealed to Industry Gamers that they “have a PSP2 in the house and we’re looking at the engine, like what can it support.”
Himmerick went on to describe a few key details about the PSP2’s power. “Always a big thing for us is the performance,” he added. “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.”
While Sony is mum on the subject, it seems that the PSP2 is a reality. However, since no official specs have been released, the power and functionality of the machine is pure speculation at this point.
SanDisk is responding to the portable video game market with a new line of memory cards. Its new line of M2 memory cards is for the PSP Go, and will be packaged with the Memory Stick Pro Duo adapters if the user has another kind of PSP. SanDisk is also creating a special SDHC card for the Nintendo DSi (and by special, we mean it’s the same as any other SDHC card, but with a DSi logo on it.)
The prices for these cards vary. The M2 cards are $27.99 for the 2GB, $44.99 for the 4GB, $74.99 for the 8GB, and $142.99 for the 16GB. As for the Nintendo SDHC cards, they are $32.99 for the 4GB, and $47.99 for the 8GB.
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IFA 2009 is one of the biggest consumer electronics shows in the world. This is where Sony president Sir Howard Stringer has formally declared 3D programming for Bravia and Blu-ray disc players with content by next year.
We are aggressively running our business in a new and changed reality. The 3D train is on track and Sony is ready to drive it home.
In other words, it’s on. With Sony pushing toward 3D content, coupled with reports of other TV manufacturers doing the same, we are easily looking at a 3D future.
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The PSP Go will be launching in North America and Europe on October 1 at a price of $249.99, as announced by Sony at their E3 2009 Media Briefing. Those in Japan will have to wait an extra month, as the system goes on sale there on November 1. Deemed the “worst-kept secret of E3,” the PSP Go is over 50% smaller, and 40% lighter, than the original PSP. It includes 16GB of on-board memory, built-in Wifi, integrated Bluetooth, a Memory Stick Micro slot, and most importantly, it drops the UMD drive. If $250 isn’t too rich for your blood, the PSP Go is yours in four months.