183w ago - Today CVG has uncovered a PlayView device trademark registered by Sony Computer Entertainment through the US Patents and Trademarks Office, which may hint at the PSP2 which reportedly features a touch screen and is rumored to be announced at E3 2010.
Citing excerpts from the PlayView trademark:
• 'Portable electronic device for receiving and reading text and images and sound through wireless Internet access and for displaying electronically published materials, namely, books, journals, newspapers, magazines, multimedia presentations.'
• 'Computer game software recorded on optical discs';
• 'Computer software for transmitting, sharing, receiving, downloading, displaying and transferring content, text, visual works, audio works, audiovisual works, literary works, data, files, documents and electronic works via video game machines and Hand-held games with liquid crystal displays';
• 'Video game machines with television for personal use'.
• 'Retail store services in the field of electronic games, videos, electronic publications and music.'
• 'Information providing devices, namely, computer terminals with encrypting software for transmission of messages via the internet web site and e-mail communication' and 'telephone apparatus.'
To quote from CVG: "Maybe - just maybe, remember - 'PSP2' does everything. It's an e-reader, email provider, word processor, mobile phone and games machine in one."
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Or, possibly they are going to announce a psp2 but release it some time next year. By then, they can have extra time to backup the psp-go and have more time to consider how to market the PSP2, or put the final "security" tweaks on it, and/or put/remove features on it
Ok i do agree that the psp Go was not a fully backed system but I don't see them announcing it E3 it seems still too early and premature, But i have been wrong. I am thinking Tokyo game show and look for it Christmas time otherwise people would hold off on buying a PSP Go and buy a PSP2, but i still wouldn't jump to any conclusions just yet.
i agree with the first statement that Sony probably does patent a new product idea everyday (I don't check), but i doubt that Sony would make a prototype product and then patent the idea, usually it would be the other way around
especially so close to E3 as well, unless this patent was filed a while ago in which case it would be quite plausable.
The second part of your post I don't agree. Sony basically admitted defeat and failure with the PSPGo calling it "market research" of what customers wanted in a portable handheld game device. Basically at the cost of those who bought a PSPGo, Sony used them as gineau pigs to gauge the responses of what people actually wanted!
and here: http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PSP/PSPgo/news.asp?c=21272
and so while it IS arrogant of Sony to release a PSP2 after a year of a PSP model, it would seem that the latest revision Sony released was merely an expensive marketing questionnairre for the features of the next version of PSP.