149w 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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I'd rather them NOT keep it digital only. That is what is going to kill the system IMO. Not everyone wants to buy a game that they can't physically have. Not everyone has wireless internet because if they only have ONE computer in their house, it's pointless to spend the money on a wireless router.
Plus even if they did do it wireless, do you really want to spend $20-$40 on a download, then take a few hours waiting on the game to finish, then install? What happens if you have a problem and have to return the device and get a new one? Or you have to send it to Sony and they send you another one? Spending all that time re-downloading your games? I much prefer physical media…you have something to show for your money, if you have to get another system you just pop it in and play, no long waits on downloads, no broadband wireless internet required.
People already hate load times on some games, why add download time to the picture?? I think the PSP2 could REALLY benefit from LOTS of sales if they integrated backward compatibility. I like the looks of the PSPGo, but I hate that I can't play UMDs on it... even if they make a UMD drive an external device, its better than nothing.
EDIT: After posting this, I forgot that you could download content from the PSN store on a computer and copy it to your memory stick and install on the PSP w/o having wireless... but still have to wait on those downloads
Sony is going to promote a download only system to keep piracy under control. Plus this boosts there Playstation Network $20 and $50 card sales. Kinda like how everything is nowadays... there's an app for that!