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Sony unveils PSP2: PS3 power in a portable package

Sony unveiled its successor to the PSP codenamed ‘Next Generation Portable’ at an event today in Tokyo. The PSP2 — which has yet to be officially named — is touted to be as powerful as Sony’s PlayStation 3 console and, judging by the spec sheet, the hype isn’t hard to believe.

The PSP2 will feature a 5″ OLED capacitive touchscreen with qHD resolution (960 x 544) and be powered by an unspecified quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore coupled with a quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU. Yes, you read that right — the PSP2 has a CPU and GPU with four cores each. This is unparalleled power in a handheld device.

The PSP2 has done away with the proprietary UMD optical drive, which caught on about as well as Betamax, opting for a ‘new’ — hopefully not proprietary — type of flash mini card. All the original controls are there including a touch-sensitive rear to add a new dimension in control, and yes, Sony has blessed the PSP2 with the dual analog sticks gamers have been begging for ever since the original PlayStation Portable was released. SIXAXIS tilt control is also included.

Other features of the PSP2 include a front and rear camera, stereo speakers, and a microphone. As for connectivity, the PSP2 is blazing the trail by being the first dedicated portable game system to support 3G while including the usual WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and GPS in the mix. The dimensions of the PSP2 are 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm shaped in a new ‘super oval’ form factor.

Sony’s next generation portable is expected for release by the end of the year, most likely just in time for the 2011 holiday season. No word on price, but given the specifications above, don’t be surprised if the PSP2 retails for $300 or above. For hardcore gamers on the go, though, Sony has really upped the ante and buying in may prove irresistible.

via CrunchGear [pics via AV Watch]

The PlayStation Phone

Engadget just scooped up this gem. Rumors of a PlayStation Phone have been swirling for several years, but these are the first pictures that confirm its existence.

According to Engadget, the PSPhone will run Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread and be released ‘soon’. Specs include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, a 3.7 – 4.1 inch screen and support for microSD cards in lieu of Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick format.

The PSPhone is a landscape slider much like the PSP Go, but also seems to feature a multitouch pad in the center of the controls. Engadget reports that the PSPhone will feature a special Sony Marketplace for games designed for the new platform.

Given that the phone pictured above is a prototype that is still said to be buggy and lacking a custom UI skin, it’s a safe bet that we won’t see Sony Ericsson release this until early 2011. Hit the Engadget link below for more pictures of the PlayStation Phone.

I have mixed feelings about the PSPhone. I was a huge fan of the original PlayStation Portable and have always believed mobile gaming would eclipse console-based gaming in the future. I have eagerly awaited the PSPhone long before there was an iPhone. However, given Sony’s recent lackluster innovation in the consumer electronics space, I can only think that this effort is too little too late. I honestly hope Sony proves me wrong, though.

Sources: @joshuatopolsky, Engadget