PSP 2 Rumors: Mystery Sony Theatre 4000
Details continue to emerge for Sony’s rumored follow up to their Playstation Portable, and before any of you get too excited, the picture above is merely something I pulled off of Google, so, as far as I know, the new PSP does not glow!
Eurogamer reports that an anonymous source, close to Sony, says that the new PSP will contain several upgrades over its current handheld form. Among these additions are a sliding screen that will cover the system, but will leave the shoulder buttons free for use. The source also claims that the system will see many new games that use only the shoulder buttons (similar to “LocoRoco”), thus, explaining why the screen leaves those buttons uncovered.
Sources also say that this new iteration will be losing the UMD drive, which allowed PSP owners to watch movies on a UMD format disc. One advantage to this move is an increase in battery life, as the UMD drives burned battery juice rather quickly.
Keep in mind that these are all rumors, for now, but a growing number of developers and anonymous sources have claimed to have seen the machine. So, if these rumors are to be prove true, we will likely here something from Sony at this year’s E3. One final note is that it’s unclear as to whether or not this is truly Sony’s second foray into the handheld market, or if this is simply their largest upgrade yet for the system. Some are referring to the machine as the PSP-4000, rather then the PSP 2, as the 4000 coincides with the update numbers for the system, i.e. the PSP 2000, 3000.
Stayed tuned to TGH for any updates on the PSP 2.