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Sony VP on PSP2 rumors: Digital distribution is ‘very important’

Sony VP on PSP2 rumors: Digital distribution is ‘very important’

After the recent rumors suggesting Sony had ditched the UMD format for the PSP2, we've been waiting to hear how the company would phrase their inevitable denial.  MTV Multiplayer's Stephen Totilo just so happened to have an interview scheduled with John Koller, director of PSP marketing in the North America, and so of course the PSP2 question came up.  Surprisingly, though, Koller doesn't outright deny anything, giving a mysterious "can't comment either way" before describing how important Sony view digital distribution.

PSP2 dropping UMD, hardware is ready claims developer

PSP2 dropping UMD, hardware is ready claims developer

Sony just can't seem to convince people that its gaming hardware developers are sitting around idle; everyone is desperate to believe a replacement to the PSP is in the works.  Latest to stoke the rumorburn is David Perry, former COO of game developer Acclaim, who tweeted "I hear Sony FINALLY has the PSP 2. And thank goodness, they've removed the stupid battery-sucking UMD disc drive. I'm excited" earlier in the week.

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Witchain USB drive enclosure for PSP?

Witchain USB drive enclosure for PSP?

The PSP makes for a great multimedia player, but unless you're willing to buy into Sony's UMD format then you'll be looking at quite a few Memory Sticks in order to keep all your media and game save data to hand.  Hard-drive case manufacturer Witchain claim to have a solution, in the shape of their 2.5-inch battery-powered drive enclosure that supposedly hooks up to a PSP via USB. 

Video demo of the Witchain drive in action after the cut

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Sony smacks down latest PSP 2 rumors: Multitouch ‘is nonsense’

Sony smacks down latest PSP 2 rumors: Multitouch ‘is nonsense’

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".

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Sony refuse PlayStation Phone licence to ailing Sony Ericsson

Sony refuse PlayStation Phone licence to ailing Sony Ericsson

All is not well with Sony and Sony Ericsson: according to reports this week [via], Sony have refused to allow its cellular partner to use the PlayStation brand, as has previously been done with the CyberShot and Walkman ranges.  Sony Ericsson have claimed that the partnership is holding off until "product proposition lives up to brand promise", but sources close to the matter suggest that Sony executives refused to licence the PlayStation brand until the company makes handsets independently.

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