Could Sony be plotting a competitor to Nintendo’s 3DS that’s packing horsepower equivalent to its powerhouse home console? That’s the rumor du jour circulating the gaming world today. According to British print mag MCV, which covers the goings-on inside the game industry, Sony has been telling game developers that the PSP2 will be in stores by Christmas 2011, and that it’s planning on competing against the 3DS by offering a high-end device that’s leaps and bounds beyond what any other handheld is capable of.
The appearance of the PSP2 has yet to be shown to developers, but it’s expected to be very similar to the original PSP in design, with similar dual stick controls and button layouts, only with an HD screen and a honkin’ lot more horses under the hood. MCV claims that Sony has actually been using the phrase “as powerful as the PlayStation 3” to describe the new device. This is expected to be a wholly different device than the “PlayStation Phone” that’s been circling the Net with leaked photos for weeks, and my gut says that it’s likely as much of an answer to Apple‘s iOS devices as Nintendo’s latest offering.
Sony is plotting some big reveals about the PSP2 at the Game Developers Conference and E3, including the media format that Sony will be using for game sales. Downloads are expected to play a big part in the new device, but Sony wants to keep retailers happy by continuing to offer some kind of media (although it certainly won’t be the failed UMD format).
Will high-def portable gaming be enough to attract on-the-go gamers away from Nintendo’s splashy new 3D device? And do you think it’s really possible to cram all of the power of the PS3 into a handheld console? I wouldn’t even want to speculate on how much that kind of portability might cost…