Rumour: PSP2 In 2010, No Mention Of Phone (For Once)

By Ishaan . October 18, 2009 . 2:25pm


Before you read the post below, do yourself a favour and read this first so you’re completely caught up on where everyone thinks Sony are going with the next PSP.


All done? Great! Welcome to another PSP2 rumour. This one comes courtesy of Bright Side of News, who also brought us the nVidia DSi rumour last week. BSN believe Sony began working on PSP2 in 2008 and have contracted Imagine Technologies to to implement their PowerVR SGX543 chip in a new PSP revision scheduled for release in 2010. After a few paragraphs of technical mumbo-jumbo, they speculate on the nature of the device:


After analyzing the performance at hand, it is no wonder that Sony chose to go with PowerVR for the next-generation PlayStation Portable. While the exact details of the SoC are still in question, our take is that Sony could go with quad-core setup at 400MHz [8GPixel/s], paired with a dual-core CPU based on ARM Cortex architecture. This would put Sony direct in line against Tegra-powered Nintendo DS2, PowerVR-based Apple’s iPhone 4G and Palm Pre2.


They conclude by saying they are confident the new PSP will launch within the next 12 months, although they can’t say when in order to protect their source. Then they provide a handy list that shows all the companies using ARM processors for their portable hardware in 2010:


Apple iPhone 3G s / 4G = ARM Cortex + PowerVR SGX HTC = ARM Cortex + PowerVR Microsoft Zune HD = ARM11 + GeForce 6 Nintendo DS2 = ARM Cortex + GeForce 9 Nokia platform = ARM11 only Palm Pre 2 = ARM Cortex + PowerVR SGX RIM BlackBerry = ARM9 only Samsung = ARM Cortex + PowerVR SGX Sony PSP2 = ARM ? + PowerVR SGX


Food for thought:


1. Is PSP2 the same as PSP-4000? I honestly can’t tell anymore. Rumour has it, though, that PSP-4000 will feature the triumphant (?) return of UMDs. So many rumours!


2. Is PSP-4000 the same as PSP Phone? Why in God’s name would a phone feature a UMD drive? Perhaps they are two different SKUs?

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  • malek86

    There is too many rumors together. Like often happens, many of them will probably be false.

    OT: PowerVR sure is popular nowadays. They’ve come a long way since their Kyro 2. Does the mobile SGX version still use that weird tile rendering method?

    • The mobile SGX series uses a more conventional tile rendering method from all of the iPhone developers I spoke to at GDC Austin. Apparently the rendering method you speak of was still present all the way up to the 3G and required a lot of tricks to render smoothly.

  • eliel

    to many flipping buttons on that PSP2 concept picture,as long as it looks like a wireless PS3 controller with a screen on it im fine with that… im not sure about that PowerVR chip stuff but it sounds cool hopefully this is really gona happen in the next 2 years…

  • If it is true, and the PSP2 does utilize UMDs, I’d hope there’d be backwards compatibility.

    • I’ll only buy it if it’s backwards compatible, and not just downloads from the PSN. I have all these UMDs and hell no I’m not going to rebuy them!

    • ElTopo

      I’ll only look into one if it has full BC, isn’t all digital, and looks nothing like that atrocious GO. And ends up not sucking.

  • JeremyR

    I dunno, it seems like Sony is just starting to get back on its feet in terms of its systems. The PS3 is selling pretty well, the PSP is back on its feet again. Sort of, at least it has a decent amount of games coming out for it again. The last couple years were a huge drought in NA.

    Starting over, with another expensive (to them) launch seems like a recipe for disaster. And especially since they just launched the Go, good way to make customers happy, announce a newer model almost immediately afterwards.

    • Slashlen

      Sounds like a disaster, but Sony seems to like those. I like the company, but sometimes it seems like they’re trying to lose.

    • ElTopo

      After the GO blows chunks and dies out they are gonna need a replacement for the PSP 3000, and a upgrade to their system anyways. You have to realize this is probably almost a year to two out, so really no one should be pissed off or have any buyers remorse, your getting almost 2 years out of your current system (or more if you picked up a 3000).

  • ndjn3979

    Gawd, and that go thing just came out.

  • Worst. Design. EVER! Way too many buttons in that picture, I hope the PSP2 looks nothing like that. I do like the idea of a screen you can turn though.

    • ElTopo

      Its not the real design, it was just a patent that cropped up a while back

  • Kris

    For a while anyway…
    Jesus, Sony. Pace yourselves!

  • Well, if it ever bricks, you can always use something like that as a deterrent.

  • Doesn’t everyone and their dog already have a cell phone? What is Sony trying to do? Please give us a normal PSP upgrade!

  • ElTopo

    You know what, I wonder if that will be easy to program for? Sounds like a convoluted system. I don’t know what they are talking about at 400 Mhz competing with a tegra powered DS2. The current Tegra used in the Zune HD is around 650 Mhz, future models (i.e. the one the DS2 may use) could be upwards of 750.

    So at 400 Mhz that puts Sony behind current numbers, not even considering future developments. Hell that only 77 Mhz faster then the current PSP 3000… Maybe its a little faster then that but still.

    Are people really putting the Iphone in direct competition with Nintendo an Sony now? Seriously? I was pretty sure that was just some horsesh*t Apple was trying to tout to sell iphones and appeal to stock holders.

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