Another next-gen PSP rumor, and this time a new mockup image. Sony are still remaining quiet on talk of a replacement to their gaming handheld, but 1UP has been talking to "sources directly involved with the new system" who lend further weight to the talk that UMD is to be replaced with flash storage, in this case 8GB or 16GB.
The HP MediaSmart servers (EX485/EX487 models) received a software update today from HP. The news software allows media to be streamed to wireless devices such as iPhone, iPod Touch and PlayStation Portables. The new software also adds the ability for the servers to convert videos (including unprotected DVD's) into two separate formats: one high-resolution for playing on home devices, and a lower resolution for portable media players.
Once again the Sony PSP 2 rumor-mill grinds into action, with the latest claims being that an "insider source" has confirmed that the gaming handheld will be in stores in time for Christmas. The source, said to be "a developer working on the new hardware" has described the Sony PSP 2 as having a large, sliding touchscreen that pushes up to reveal the usual gaming controls.
After last week's PSP2 rumors, Sony probably thought they'd have at least a few days grace before the next round; no such luck. According to Eurogamer, the next-generation Sony PSP will have a sliding screen - as in this popular fan render - and, when closed, only give access to the shoulder buttons.
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.