Having found that their usual denials are fast ignored, Sony seem to have moved on to sarcasm in their insistence that the PSP 2 is not in development. After IGN suggested that "several credible sources" had told them the PSP 2 would have a widescreen multitouch-capable display, and then theorised - on the back of a Sony questionnaire - that it could also include Bluetooth support, an integrated hard drive and GPS, a source close to Sony has told gaming site MCV that "this is nonsense".
Full denial after the cut
In fact, the "source close to Sony" told MCV that:
"Clearly, being a quiet time of year, many, what we thought to be credible websites, are making up stories about PSP2, and how it allows you to teleport across the globe, travel through time, and will be powered by the horns of baby rhinoceroses.
Hopefully, you can sense a mild tone of sarcasm, which should hopefully indicate how ‘on the money’ IGN are. Needless to say, we don't comment on rumour or speculation, but this is nonsense"
Various rumors regarding the supposed in-development replacement to the PSP gaming handheld have surfaced over the past twelve months, with the inclusion of a touchscreen and larger internal storage being one of the most common suggestions. Each time, Sony have slapped down speculation.
Of course, it would be madness to assume that Sony's R&D teams were resting on their laurels and allowing a cash-cow like the PSP to go unexplored; replacement systems take time to develop, and whatever comes after the current PSP-3000 must very likely be at least on drawing boards, if not further through the process. However it's possible that, as with the change from the PSP-2000 to the PSP-3000, Sony have more minor evolutions in mind, and as such don't want speculation about multitouch, GPS and hard-drive toting super-handhelds building their eventual release up for a fall.