Sony Announces the PlayStation Portable 2 (PSP2)

Sony Corp. has announced the PlayStation Portable 2 (PSP2), mounting up to compete in the next generation mobile gaming market. Look out Nintendo.

Sony has announced their next foray into the mobile gaming world with the much-anticipated second “official” edition to their wildly successful PlayStation Portable. Touting it as a NGP (Next Generation Portable), Sony is vamping up the processing power with hopes to outperform the competition.

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I remember sitting in Chemistry lecture one day about 4 years ago, and spying some unusual digital movement in my peripheral vision. I looked over, and low and behold, one of the Japanese kids in the lecture had what looked like the coolest hand-held I’d ever seen, playing a game at a frame rate that was absolutely stunning coming from a hand-held. It couldn’t be a cell-phone, and at closer glance, this dude was playing Armored Core! I had to know what that futuristic wizardry was, so, naturally, I beat him up and stole it. No, I didn’t do that, but I did ask him what it was.

He explained that it was a PlayStation Portable, and that his uncle in Japan had sent him one for his birthday (about 6 months before they would be released in the US). That was the first introduction to the PSP I had, and in the coming weeks and months, learning about its multi-faceted utilities, the PSP got the “legit” grade.

Now, with “mobile gaming” becoming a burgeoning market sector, the top selling apps are consistently games, the industry big hitters are making a play at securing their piece of the pie.

We wrote about Nintendo’s next-gen hand-held a few weeks ago and it looks like Nintendo is banking on the 3D craze to translate mobile gaming as well. Sony is taking a different approach. The PSP2 won’t have any 3D capability, but it will have a monster processor and “iPhone-esque” GUI, which is music to our ears.

It will have dual analog sticks, a bigger brighter screen (with rumored touch capabilities), and both a tailored and open web experience with a re-vamped browser and, as mentioned before, one of the smoothest and easiest to use GUI’s on any mobile platform.

Developers at Nether Realm Studios (Formerly Midway) working on a new Mortal Kombat incarnation for the PSP2 got their hands on the hardware, and they explained, “This is a powerful machine”. Here’s to hoping they do the machine justice and release a kick-ass Mortal Kombat game (It’s been a while).

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