Sony PSP2 Specs As Powerful as PlayStation 3

Sony is yet to officially announce its new portable gaming console, but we all know it is in the works. With competition from the likes of Nintendo heating up, Sony has to outdo itself to stay among the most preferred handheld gaming device manufacturers.

According to a new report, the upcoming PSP2 console could be as powerful as the Sony PS3 that is in the markets now. In addition to this, Sony is planning on offering a lot of downloadable content as well as letting users play physical media in a bid to make the platform attractive to both consumers and developers.

The report does not elaborate much on the possible launch date. We however hear that PSP2 could make its way to the stores at least by the end of this year. If lucky, PSP2 could launch by October.

Capcom Monster Hunter Portable 3 Sale Records In Japan

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, the PSP game that released just recently, has shipped in almost 3 million copies in Japan thus setting in a new record in that region. The game has become Capcom`s fastest selling game of all time. The role playing based game sold these record number of copies in just 17 days […]

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, the PSP game that released just recently, has shipped in almost 3 million copies in Japan thus setting in a new record in that region. The game has become Capcom`s fastest selling game of all time. The role playing based game sold these record number of copies in just 17 days bringing in the worldwide sales of the series to a whopping 16 million. The terrific success of the game is reported to have quadrupled the sales of PSP following the games release.

Consequently, apart from becoming the fastest selling Capcom title, the game has also helped PSP achieve in a new sales record in Japan. Incidentally, the game has not been able to replicate its Japanese success in the UK although Monster Hunter Tri on Wii had  spent in just a week on the UK top 10. Capcom has still not confirmed and is yet to announce whether Monster Hunter Portable 3rd will be released in the UK and Europe.

Uncharted For PSP2 May Be Coming Soon

According to new rumors, a new version of Uncharted game could well be in the development stages for the Play Station Portable (PSP) 2. The latest report comes from the Game Informer magazine who tell us that this game is rumoured for a release in 2011. “The developers we talked to described the PSP2 as a […]

According to new rumors, a new version of Uncharted game could well be in the development stages for the Play Station Portable (PSP) 2. The latest report comes from the Game Informer magazine who tell us that this game is rumoured for a release in 2011.

“The developers we talked to described the PSP2 as a very powerful machine. We’ve even heard that a new Uncharted spin-off – which could even stand in for a full-on Uncharted 3 – is in the works.”, Game Informer magazine.

The magazine further quotes that the possibility of Uncharted on PSP 2 “speaks to how powerful the graphics capabilities are for the handheld”. This is interesting considering that reports in the past few weeks had suggested that the PSP2 could just be half as powerful as the PS3. Of course while this would mean that the games shall also be of comparable lower graphical quality, we would nevertheless look forward to seeing the Uncharted on the PSP.

Sony PSP2 Developer Kit Released To Major Developers

There have been a lot of gossip about the launch of the new Sony PSP2. Early on, it was believed that Sony could be making an announcement about this during this year’s E3. When that did not happen, speculators pushed the launch to 2011.

Now though Sony has remained tight-lipped about all this so far, there are indications for an imminent launch. This is following reports of new PSP2 developer kits being used by several major developers including Netherrealm Studios. The company is behind the hugely popular Mortal Kombat series and in a recent interview, executive producer Shaun Himmerick said,

“We’re not launching day one on all consoles like that. We are looking at them; we have a PSP2 in the house and we’re looking at the engine, like what can it support. Always a big thing for us is the performance. 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. We don’t have a 3DS system in house yet, but we’re looking to get one, and we’ll certainly look at what its power is.”

This is most definitely an accidental slip-up and watch out for some refuting statements in the coming days. Nevertheless, now that we do know that companies are busy upgrading their game to be compatible with the new platform, the actual launch may not be far behind.

HBO TV Show On PlayStation Network

Starting today, gamers on Sony Playstation 3 and PlayStation Portable will be able to download original television content from HBO from the PlayStation Network. The videos can be downloaded via internet from PSN and may be watched on TV.

The move is in an attempt to score a point against Microsoft that has become pretty successful in luring users to XBox 360 via video content downloadable via XBox Live. The new partnership will mean Sony PSN users may be able to download and view True Blood, Big Love, Entourage, Eastbound and Down, The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City, Rome, Da Ali G Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Flight of the Conchords on their television.

Given the massive access to such shows via alternate channels as well, I do not see this as offering Sony a competitive edge. However considering that similar content is available via XBox, it makes sense for Sony to bring on a level playing field through striking such a content deal with HBO. Your thoughts?

[via Venture Beat]

Sony PSP2 : Two Cameras, TouchScreen – Not Launching At E3

Sony PSP2 may not be launching next month at E3 – This is what the folks at VG247 are hearing. According to multiple sources that the website spoke to, while the official launch may take some more time; maybe even till 2011,the features are well known as of now and several developers and publishers are apparently working on strict NDAs to build content for the console.

From what we hear, the Sony device is extremely powerful and is expected to come with several new features

  • Two cameras – one on the front and another on the rear
  • TouchScreen along with the trademark physical PlayStation buttons
  • Could be both Wi-Fi and 3G enabled
  • Runs on four-core Cell CPU

There are reportedly multiple finished units already in Britain which are being worked upon by game developers.

[via VG247]

Sony PSP 2 To Launch Next Month?

Sony has been pretty tight-lipped with regard to their new product launches so far, be it a low cost version of PlayStation 3 or this one. But according to sources that MCV spoke to, two key publishers are waiting on an increasing marketing spend and that they are waiting for Sony to announce its new platform before the publishers could announce their own PSP plans

Speculations are that this announcement could come during next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, that is scheduled to be held at Los Angeles.

PSP was launched over six years ago and so far has remained free from any major changes to its model. Next month could change all that.

[via MCV]

Sony Playstation3 And PSP Warranties Extended

A survey of over 500,000 gaming console owners conducted last month showed that XBox was the most failure prone gaming console on the planet. While PS3 was not as vulnerable as Xbox 360, it sure had a lot of catching up to do with Nintendo Wii.

Apparently in a bid to better appeal to customers, Sony has offered an extended warranty policy for its PS3 and PSP customers. They are not free, of course. But at just $10 above the warranty cost for one year, these are surely a bargain.

Sony playstation3 and psp warranty period

[via CrunchGear]

Sony To Halt “Bright Yellow” PSP 3000 Shipment

First and foremost, there is not much evidence to the claim. Secondly, it is not clear if this news pertains only to Japan or all across. A Japanese blog has revealed that Sony is planning to cease shipment of its “bright yellow” aka golden PSP 3000 owing to a lack in popularity.

A source reveals that this particular color is among the least popular if not the most unpopular of PSP colors and hence the company could be planning to halt shipment of consoles of this color completely.

Here’s a look at it. Is it that bad?

Bright yellow Sony PSP 3000

[via Kotaku]