Sony's imminent PlayStation plans - whether for the PSP2 or the PlayStation Phone - look even more solid, with Bloomberg reporting on sources that have apparently confirmed the firm's release schedule. According to sources, Sony will indeed announce the new PSP2 on January 27, followed by a MWC 2011 debut for the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play (aka the PlayStation Phone).
Sony is tipped to unveil its PSP2 portable console in an exclusive Tokyo event on January 27 2011, according to multiple sources. Both VG247 and MCV report tips that a "business overview and strategy meeting" has been scheduled for "very select press"; Sony itself has declined to comment on the speculation.
Sony Ericsson's PlayStation Phone - aka the XPERIA Play - has popped up in the wild again, this time staging a family renunion of sorts with a variety of Sony PlayStation portables and Sony Ericsson handsets. Android.tgbus spent some time with the PlayStation Phone and even managed to get a third-party gaming emulator running on the Android smartphone.
Angry Birds is expected to arrive on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 sometime this year, but it seems the popular phone game will make its mainstream debut on the PSP instead. Sony has confirmed that Angry Birds will be arriving on the PlayStation Portable this week, as one of the PlayStation "mini" titles; however, that also means that PS3 owners will be able to play the addictive bird-hurling game as well.
The leaked images of the supposed Sony PSP2 last month weren't exactly clear, but they were obviously enough for PSM3 Magazine's designers to whip up some juicy looking renders from. Now up on GameTrailers, the mock-ups show the dual-analog stick design and the reworked button layout, together with the slider form-factor obviously taken from the PSP Go.
Sony's PSP Go failed to ignite the mobile gaming market in the way that the company hoped it might, but that hasn't stopped Sony engineers and designers from pushing ahead with another PSP successor. According to Sony's gaming chief, Kazuo Hirai, the company has been looking to the next-gen handheld "since the day" the PlayStation was released, and might use both a touchscreen and traditional physical gaming controls. Meanwhile, Hirai believes there's still a segment of gamers for whom the popular - and cheap - iOS, Android and other mobile games aren't sufficient.
The mobile gaming market may not be as intense as the home console market, but there's obviously still a lot of money to be made within its reach. So there's no surprise that analysts would want to get their opinion out there about what's coming, and how they think it will affect the market as a whole. When it comes to Sony's PlayStation Portable 2, there's a lot of discussion about whether or not it will be a waste of time for Sony, or be a smash-hit. Obviously, Sony believes that they've got a hit on their hand, and even some developers out there who have managed to get some hands-on time with the portable gaming console think it's nice. But, for analyst Michael Pachter, none of that matters, because the PSP2 is already DOA.
NASA basically stole the show today, and rightly so, as geobiologist Felisa Wolfe-Simon announced that she and her team had discovered a form of life that existed outside our known spectrum of living beings. Our very definition of life has just expanded. After that, it's just Light Peak this, 4G LTE that, a floating cellphone over there, life-size 3D holographics over there, oh and ANGRY BIRDS SEASONS is now in the Apple app store! And we got an Advent Vega tablet to look at! Hooray!
Even if some companies out there believe that unlimited music for a monthly subscription-style fee isn't the best bet, there's plenty of other companies out there who would disagree. And plenty of consumers who would, too. If you own a PSP, you're about to get your own taste of the subscription-based music platform yourself, as the upcoming software update to the PSP, and PlayStation 3, isn't just about the movies. It's also bringing Qriocity's Music Unlimited service to the portable gaming platform.
I have two PSPs around my house and neither of them get played and never got played much. The original console was a gift for my son for a good report card. He played it for a few months and then told me the games weren’t "cool" and it has sat in a drawer ever since. I have played it too and came to the same conclusion. The PSP really sucks. I have more fun on my iPhone and my son plays his DS all the time.