It seems to be a foregone conclusion that the PSP2 is coming soon but if that's the case, shouldn't the original PSP finish up first…?
Well, sure. That makes sense. And it seems Sony is already leaving their original handheld behind, presumably in preparation for the impending follow-up. According to PSPgweber citing a message from a Spanish source, development kits for the first PSP are going bye-bye. Here's the translated note in question:
"SCEE will no longer be selling the psp development tool (dtp-t2000a) or testing tool (dtp-h2500a) past November, 15th. Please order in advance if you require these development units.
We will advise you when a new model becomes available."
The Nintendo 3DS is set to make its debut in March, so perhaps Sony doesn't want to be too far behind with the PSP2. If they're discontinuing the PSP development tool by November 15 (in Europe, at least), one would have to assume the "new model" they speak of isn't too far off. After all, Sony is big on getting solid launch lineups in place for new hardware launches; it's the reason they delayed the release of PlayStation Move. They wanted the corresponding games.
You won't see the PSP2 this year – of that, we're fairly certain – but it seems almost inevitable that it'll be on store shelves in 2011. We'll keep you apprised of future PSP matters.