If you pay attention to gaming news (other than what we typically report on here at PSXE), you know about Nintendo's announcement of the 3DS early yesterday.
Yep, a 3D model of the insanely popular Nintendo DS handheld. But while that may have been surprising, one analyst believes it's only the first of three possible new hardware announcements that will drop this year. According to MCVUK , Lazard Capital's Colin Sebastian has predicted that Sony will announce "a true successor to the PSP" in 2010, an that's in addition to a follow-up to the Wii, which has been declining in popularity over the past few years. Said Sebastian in a new investor's report:
"While 3D games remain on the drawing board and not yet on store shelves, the emergence of new 3D game platforms could breathe more life into the hardware market. Along with the launch later this year of new motion sensing controllers for the PS3 and Xbox, there are several multiple growth drivers for the industry over the coming one-to-two years with new physical products.
We expect Sony to announce a new PSP handheld device this spring, and Nintendo is likely to announce an updated console in the coming year, which could also help to reinvigorate the market."
At this point, even Nintendo has acknowledged their backward slide with the Wii, so a new console wouldn't be surprising, especially in the wake of the more advanced motion sensing technologies coming out for the PS3 and Xbox 360. We have heard in the past that Sony may attempt a relaunch of the PSP Go but that's not what Sebastian has referred to, here; he's talking about the PSP2. That has been yet another big rumor… Guess it's another wait and see situation.