updated 12:50 pm EST, Tue December 16, 2008
Sony PSP-4000, PSP2
Sony is working to develop two more updates to its PSP gaming handheld, according to anonymous sources at game publishers. Following the launch of the PSP-3000, a minor update which introduced a microphone and a better LCD, Sony is said to have turned towards making the PSP-4000, expected to ship in late 2009. Any changes scheduled for the hardware are unknown, and Sony has so far refused to confirm or deny any plans.
The sources further suggest that the PSP2, a full-blown successor to the PSP, is in already in development, and will launch sometime after the PSP-4000. Though a timeframe has not been solidified, some games are said to be in development as well, which would likely put the release date no farther than late 2010 or early 2011.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president David Reeves denied the existence of a PSP2 last week, but was simultaneously ambivalent. "I go to Tokyo quite a lot and no one has referred to it -- I think they have their hands full at the moment," said Reeves.