It may be called the PSP-4000, or it may be known as the PSP 2, but either way, it seems inevitable that a new iteration of Sony's handheld will be on store shelves before the year is out.
Apparently, despite Sony's refusal to comment on a new model, PocketGamer has received inside confirmation that a new version is indeed coming, and it may be designed to rival the iPhone. In fact, their source revealed that not only will the unit arrive before Christmas 2009, but it will also feature traits that place it in direct competition with Apple. This new PSP will boast a large touchscreen – just like the iPhone – but Sony's gadget will also include the necessary gaming extras: the ol' familiar D-pad and, what everyone has been clamoring for, dual analog controls. Basically, this means that the new PSP will be able to handle both the standard handheld games that avid fans desire – titles like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and God of War: Chains of Olympus – along with the simpler, more casual games that are currently available on Apple's Store. Furthermore, the new PSP titles will be on the PlayStation Store in the form of digital downloads, as UMD will fall by the wayside. Yeah, we figured that if a new PSP was to come, UMD wouldn't come with it.
Obviously, none of this is officially confirmed, but we expect to see the unveiling, if there is one, at E3. Obviously, the world of handheld electronics has exploded over the past decade and it's continually changing; this radically different PSP may be Sony's recognition of the current market situation. Perhaps the question gamers have is, should they be competing with Apple in the first place…?