Although there have been plenty of rumors concerning the supposed PSP-4000 that's currently in the works, and the fact that Sony has always denied any speculation concerning the PSP 2, it's hard to ignore when the Acclaim CCO basically comes out and confirms the existence of the latter.
According to Kotaku, Acclaim's chief creative officer, David Perry, said he recently spoke to a developer who is "working on it [PSP 2] right now." This would indicate a fall release in his eyes, despite any insistence on Sony's part that a follow-up to the PSP won't release this year. Said Perry:
"I spoke to a developer who is working on it right now. I know this developer is already working on it, so that means they have a prototype. That would sound like a fall release to me. I've been pounding on Sony for a long time to make the Playstation Portable relevant and not to let Apple stroll away with the portable game market. Look at what Apple is doing now. Why are so many investors investing in Apple game development? Trying to pitch a PSP game to investors right now is brutal."
Those are some pretty candid thoughts, and it has been suggested in the past that a UMD-free PSP might be a breakthrough portable unit for Sony. Remember, the concept of a digital download-only age for gaming has been discussed, and if this is true, the PSP 2 will be the first true gaming unit to rely entirely on digital download. Perry even says the "ultimate goal" for the PSP is "to go 100% digital," but it also "stands to reason" that the PSP 2 will be backwards compatible. That's certainly good news for current PSP owners. This time, maybe Sony will finally make a confirmation in response to Perry's words, but we're guessing they'll hold it until E3.