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PSP 2 Rumors Keep Gaining Momentum

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While Sony has repeatedly denied that it's working on a successor to the PSP, industry veteran David Perry has chimed in with details on the supposed device.

"I hear Sony FINALLY has the PSP 2. And thank goodness, they've removed the stupid battery-sucking UMD disc drive," reads a Twitter from Perry, a self-described "executive video game industry consultant" who founded Shiny Entertainment in 1993.

"I can't reveal my sources, but you can be certain there's no UMD, which means fully digital online device, and you know I know people," Perry added to GameDaily BIZ.

A recent rumor from VG247 claims Sony is preparing a "complete aesthetic overhaul" of the PSP, complete with a sliding screen, for release this year. However, the site was clear that this would be a redesign of the existing hardware, not the PSP 2.

Late last year, Eurogamer reported that Sony was working on both the PSP 2 and a redesign of the existing PSP, but that the release of the PSP 2 was still a ways off.

At the time, Sony quickly denied the PSP 2, saying that it was encouraging developers to create downloadable PSP games instead of UMD disc titles, and rumors had misinterpreted this push as proof of PSP 2 games under development.

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

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    February 25, 2009 11:02 AM

    How would people get UMD movies or games on their new device?

    hmnn....

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      February 25, 2009 11:14 AM

      Maybe they could register their games and movies. Not likely though because sony would have to make every UMD downloadable.. oh well.. =)

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        February 25, 2009 11:21 AM

        Ya agreed, you could register the stuff online for access to downloadable content. OR Sony can just move the fuck on and not have the PSP2 be backwards compatible.

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      February 25, 2009 11:31 AM

      You wont be playing your umds on the new device. And why would you expect it? Did I get to trade in my vhs tapes for dvd equivalents when vhs became obsolete? No. What about blu-rays for my old dvds? No.

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        February 25, 2009 11:36 AM

        The PSP2 has long been rumored to just be another revision that would still play PSP games, that is why people are wondering.

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        February 25, 2009 11:39 AM

        I can play my gameboy advance games on my DS, so...

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        February 25, 2009 11:41 AM

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          February 25, 2009 12:18 PM

          The UMD is an old bad idea. It uses too much power and doesn't really have that great of storage compared to flash memory now a days. They should ditch the UMD and move on.

          Not all systems are backwards compatible. Back in the cartage days nothing was compatible. The gameboys got away with it by using the same form factor. But now the DSi is ditching the cartage slot, so it's not necessarily a given.

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      February 25, 2009 1:20 PM

      UMD is a dead format, the PSP 2 will have blu-ray

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        February 25, 2009 2:37 PM

        correction: twin blu-ray drives

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          February 25, 2009 3:41 PM

          They can save space by adding a weight to each of them for rumble.

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        February 25, 2009 8:52 PM

        UMBR?

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