Sony Hints at PSP Touch Screen

Would you be more likely to buy a new PSP if it had a touch screen? Faster load times?

These are just a few of the questions contained in a Sony-issued survey regarding the handheld, claims PSP Fanboy.

The company has repeatedly denied rumors that it's readying a successor to the PSP, often referred to as the PSP 2, instead opting to focus on the existing hardware. However, the survey suggests Sony is, at the very least, considering more than just another simple hardware revision.

With the touch-screen controls of the Nintendo DS and iPhone continuing to gain traction in the portable marketplace, Sony's touch screen inquiry comes as no shock. In fact, a third-party has already created a PSP touch screen add-on, via a screen overlay.

Other questions pertain to a better screen, increased internal storage, a smaller profile, better battery life, social networking, a TV tuner, book downloads, and more unit colors.

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    January 15, 2009 10:41 AM

    yeah, a touch screen would be quite helpful, so long as they don't go the gimmicky route. i think it'd actually be more useful for applications other than gaming... document/book/comic reading would be great.

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      January 15, 2009 11:01 AM

      touch is the new motion controlled. all have one thing in common, shitty fad gimmick that i can't wait till it passes.

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        January 15, 2009 11:30 AM

        i wouldnt hold my breath if i were you... its been a long time since the industry has had a genuinely new gimmick to distract from their inability to tell compelling stories or write quality software, so i expect theyre going to hang on to this one for as long as they possibly can.

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          January 15, 2009 11:31 AM

          (im combining touch and motion control together as a single input-related gimmick... theyre not the same, but theyre both in the same class of stupid gimmick, and they both tend towards the same kind of shitty design choices that make games decidedly un-fun to play)

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            January 15, 2009 11:51 AM

            It's not a gimmick if it's useful. A touch interface would be nice on the PSP if it were used to say, surf the web. Can the PSP do that? Does it have Wi-Fi?

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              January 15, 2009 12:33 PM

              PSP has wifi and web browsing. the browser fucking sucks and the wifi connects on demand. itd be cool if they could do a slide down keyboard or something useful like that. touch screen keyboards fucking blow

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