The PSP2 is very likely to launch next year but the big question is, of course…when?
Well, most have assumed we'd see it around the holidays but one source claims the newest PlayStation Portable iteration will release in the middle of 2011. According to Mobile News citing a Japanese news source, the PSP2 will boast features from both the PSP-3000 and PSP Go, and might arrive in the second or third quarter of next year. The information evidently comes from Sony boss Kaz Hirai:
"The handheld is likely to be launched in middle 2011 and new market entry in late 2011. Kaz Hirai, Sony’s PlayStation division boss, recently talked about the portable gaming. Hirai even divulge the features and design that is on PSP2. Hirai revealed that the PSP at this time, both variants of the PSP-3000 and PSP Go, get older and need rejuvenation effort."
This, along with the PlayStation Phone, should be big new gadgets for the Sony brand in 2011. And as the company noted before, they'll have to make a very clear distinction between the PSP2 and new Sony Ericsson PS Phone; they might appeal to different audiences and demographics. And then there are the rumors that say the PSP2 might be powerful enough to run something like Uncharted 3 …
We're not quite buying that, but we are interested to see how it all turns out for the new portable.