Although Sony has continually denied it, the rumors and speculation continue to assault the Internet, and they're growing in strength and frequency.
According to IGN, "several credible sources" have confirmed that the PSP 2 is indeed on the horizon, and it's going to come complete with multi-touch technology. If the inside info is accurate, handheld fans will receive a widescreen touch interface that's similar to the iPhone, which is a darn cool idea. This comes not long after the supposedly "official" Sony survey that got leaked on PSPFanboy.com; a survey that asked consumers what features they would like to see in a new PSP. Some of the choices on that survey were an integrated hard drive, Bluetooth support, a touch-screen interface, GPS, and wireless networking. Now, if any of this is even close to realistic, this means that Sony is considering a drastic overhaul of their current portable unit. It may or may not come as an appreciated upgrade to handheld fans, depending on whether or not the gamers will embrace a new "gadget-oriented" device. All those extras will certainly entice the tech lovers in all of us, but of course, we're all wondering if this could point towards less of a software focus.
At this point, nobody really knows what might make the PSP 2 a smash success, but if Sony still wants to market it as a handheld games device, they absolutely cannot ignore the software aspect. Remember, they've had trouble drumming up third-party support for the current PSP… So maybe they really would be best advised to go another route.