121w ago - Since the previous PSP2 Dev Kit picture leak, Kotaku (linked above) has now posted what may be the first leaked official retail picture of Sony's PSP2 handheld console while VG247.com reports that Sony will reveal the PSP2 on January 27th in Tokyo.
To quote: This art work surfaced online today on 2CH, Japan's largest online forum.
The photo features a handheld believed to be the PSP2, which has a PSPgo style sliding shell. There is a 32 GB SD memory card as well, plus a "PSP2" Memory Stick. There is a long, thin stylus as well. According to Japan's Nikkei newspaper, the PSP2 will have a touch screen.
Unlike the current PSP, there are two analog nubs, giving this handheld a controller layout similar to the PS3.
What is fishy about the picture is that it appears to be a photograph of a handout of some kind. While handouts may be present at the January 27 press conference, it's also a good way for a Photoshopper to hide their work, as it masks any differences in resolution you'd be able to detect in an online image.
Going by the codename VITA, PSP2 has been in the hands of developers for at least a year.
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The controller is the only physical part of any console with which the user actually interfaces with [insert someone's comment about MS Kinect here] and so a good brand recognition of a design which hasn't needed changing in over 10 years is something any company would be proud of.
Also that second statement is your opinion, with which you are entitled to, except that a lot of people may not agree (me included) and so is not something which you should brandish as though it is a fact.
Why the hell do they keep the awful joystick layout? Seriously it's not 1998 anymore and trying to gain brand recognition through a controller layout that is inferior to the other guys is just lazy and sad.