Sony PSP2 Said to be as Powerful as the PlayStation 3

Rumors regarding the upcoming, but still as of yet unannounced PSP2 may have all been knocked down a notch, when compared to this latest one. MCV is reporting that Sony is going around telling developers and publishers that the portable gaming system is just as every bit as powerful as the PlayStation 3 home video game console.

Obviously, Sony has to do quite a bit to make the PSP2 attractive to developers, especially in light of the overall unattractive sales of the PSP Go, so comparing the handheld gaming device to the powerful PlayStation 3 isn't so surprising. Additionally, with the focus on mobile gaming so high right now, with Apple's presence now a dominating factor and Nintendo's 3DS on the verge of being released, Sony has to show that their upcoming handheld device not only measures up, but surpasses the competition.

In the same report, it states that the PSP2 will have a strong downloadable content backing, but that the device will be able to play physical media too. This means that games will be able to be sold in stores again. As for a release date, some time in the fourth quarter of 2011 has been suggested. It could even find its way onto store shelves as early as October.

[via MCV]