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Submitted by knifefight 1104d ago | opinion piece

Japan Is Ready For The PSP2

"The ongoing popularity of Sony's first handheld system stands as a testament to its success in Japan. The PSP has now grown up alongside a fresh generation of gamers, and the system has proven to Japan that someone other than Nintendo can make a great portable. This market is ripe, and I'm gonna come right out and predict that Sony uses its upcoming PlayStation event to unveil the future of handheld gaming with its second portable system: The PSP2." -The Most Interesting Gamer in the World (Culture, Industry, PS Vita, PSP, Sony)

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alexcosborn  +   1104d ago
I know, seriously. I am SO ready for another Sony handheld.
doctorstrange  +   1104d ago
Now Feb 20th makes total sense!
profgerbik  +   1104d ago
Really, you think they are releasing an entirely new PS Vita when it's only been out a year. With practically another 9 years left in it's cycle?

Where do you people come up with these wild accusations.

This crap is getting old, first people are assuming it's about the PS4 now people are assuming they are already releasing a new PS Vita, which in fact the PS Vita is the PSP 2.. which is even more stupid to think about..

I thought this article was just talking about how Japan is finally buying PS Vita's but then it turned into another huge assumption just pulled out of someones ass or magic 8 ball.
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dlpg585  +   1103d ago
are you sheldon? and can i have your autograph?
srsly though, the comments and the article are in jest. people aren't that stupid dude.
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Kevin ButIer  +   1103d ago
if true... here you have a PS Vita mad user...
darthv72  +   1103d ago
to be fair, the psp 2000 series came out roughly 2 years after the original 1000 series. With that they made some important improvements. Such as a better screen, doubled the internal RAM and changed the placement of the speakers to make it sound better. They also added TV out.

If sony were to revise the Vita, why is it so hard to believe that it would be a year after the initial release? They could do some similar improvements (especially TV out) while at the same time, reduce production costs like 'possibly' removing the 3G support.

Looking back at the adoption rate of the PSP 1000 vs the 2000 we can see the 2000 (and 3000) sold to a higher number than the original 1000. Sony making a Vita slim could lead to increased sales of the newer unit over that of the original.

IMO a big disappointment in the Vita was lack of direct UMD compatibility. But hey, sony had their reasons for dropping the format in favor of the Vita's.
Gamer1982  +   1103d ago
Indeed Vita is still in its infancy theres not way Sony can afford anew handheld right now since they made ZERO profit from Vita yet.
Ju  +   1103d ago
I miss the big red "/s" in that article. Reading through that seems they are serious. Seriously? BTW: Did you know that Vita devkits are internally referred to as PSP2?
morkendo23  +   1103d ago
your article is bad you should feel extremely bad
mi_titan27  +   1103d ago
an interesting thing to point out, this is not an image of a PSP2 (playstation portable 2), rather a PS2P (playstation 2 portable)
strifeblade  +   1103d ago
maybe its a ps vita 2000 with a price cut to 199.99? kina like psp 2000????
007Bond  +   1103d ago
Keep being ready handheld sales are trash nobody wants to develop for a dying market.
insertcoin  +   1104d ago
The Vita just needs a Monster Hunter to do well in Japan.
Jason143  +   1103d ago
thanks now I dont have to say it for the umpteenth time. Sadly nintendo has exclusive titles so they are going to have to come up with monster hunter 5. Dont know how long exclusive lasts. We will have to see how long before minecraft hits sony to figure that one out.I bit the bullet and bought a 3dsxl for MH. I figure if sony did have a title it would be portable 3rdG or something and Im so sick of that game after playing it to death on ps3 import. The question is do I hold onto my vita now. We have phantasy star 2 which is free to download and play coming but its also on pc. Im not sure what to do. I would hate to sell it and regret it but all I have played since launch is freedom unite and dracula x psp on it.
bothebo  +   1103d ago
I think there was an article on here stating that Nintendo will get MH exclusives until 2014. HOWEVER, we have Soul Sacrifice coming out! This game is supposed to be similar to MH but it is rumored to be even better since there is more depth to it. If I were you, I would not sell my Vita because we are only just starting to see quality games come out for it.
Protagonist  +   1103d ago
JP also needs new IP´s. My point is it does not have to be MH that does the job, Soul Sacrifice might be a big booster for the PS VITA in JP.
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badjournalism  +   1104d ago
Your article is bad and you should feel bad.
dbjj12088  +   1104d ago
I liked the article. It's hard to be a Vita owner, and really the performance of the handheld is a joke. Might as well have fun with it.
adorie  +   1104d ago
The Vita's performance is far from a joke, sales and games, however are lacklustre compared to what it deserves.

The tools are there,the hardware is definitely there, but the games in amount and quality are lacking. There are some gems out there for the little powerhouse, but not enough, I fear.
TongkatAli  +   1103d ago
I feel bad for you.
LordHiggens  +   1103d ago
Dude have you seen the new PSV Killzone? Have you played Uncharted? The PSV is a powerhouse...there are two things needed for it's success and revival.

1. Price Drop.

2. Price Drop...on memory

That's it.
knifefight  +   1104d ago
PSP got its own original Metal Gear close to launch, and had its own original Final Fantasy announced and with screenshots within about a year of release. I hope the same thing happens with the next PSP, because I like those series.
dbjj12088  +   1104d ago
I know this is all in jest but as a Vita owner it makes me quite sad.
ziggurcat  +   1104d ago
"Japan Is Ready For The PSP2"

it's called the PSvita, you fool.
Shadow Man  +   1104d ago
more like psp beta.
WeAreLegion  +   1104d ago
The Vita already has more must-have titles than the PSP had, throughout its lifetime. I don't understand the gripes.
Kalowest  +   1104d ago
"The Vita already has more must-have titles than the PSP had, throughout its lifetime"
WTF, no it doesn't.
KwietStorm  +   1104d ago
No it really does not.
Kingthrash360  +   1103d ago
Not yet at least. Psp saw similar hardware sales and got a lot of support. I dont think the devs would pass on a system like the vita. Once it gets a price drop hardware sales will pick up thwn we will see games like gta and mgs *if phantom pain isnt for vita* and the others...not to mention the multiplayer aspect of the sports games and fighting games (I really want tekken). The psp had a great amount of support better games but just wait like we did with the psp, the vota will have its day
Kratoscar2008  +   1104d ago
Really? I can only think of like 3 Must have tittles:

1. P4G (Altough i have the PS2 version so im not totally interested).

2. Uncharted Golden Abbyss

3. Gravity Rush

After that there arent too much games that a gamer must have.

I have nothing agaisnt the Vita is just that i love my PSP more.
Ult iMate  +   1103d ago
PSP didn't had titles that strong in its first year. Not to mention other good games like Assassin's Creed Liberation, LBP, Zero Escape, Ninja Gaiden, Unit 13, a bunch of good fighting games and some others.
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Protagonist  +   1103d ago
"After that there arent too much games that a gamer must have"

Are you Pachter? please stop telling what gamers "must have" and talk solely for yourself.

I personally want most of the 60+ and upcoming PS VITA games.
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Kalowest  +   1101d ago
I have P4G and Gravity Rush both are really awesome. I played the Ucharted demo and hated it.
TheLastGuardian  +   1103d ago
I don't know about throughout it's lifetime, but it's definitely off to a better start than the PSP was game wise. I barely had anything to play on my PSP the first year or so. The Vita however is a completely different story, it's got more good games than I can keep up with. All the bitching about the Vita's library is really uncalled for. It's got a great library.

Good PS Vita games I own:

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation
Lumines: Electronic Symphony
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Gravity Rush
WipEout 2048
Persona 4 Golden
Mortal Kombat
Ragnarok Odyssey
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita
Super Stardust Delta
Mutant Blobs Attack
Escape Plan
PlayStation All-Stars
Jet Set Radio
Frobisher Says
Retro City Rampage
MotorStorm RC
Sound Shapes
Foosball 2012
Jetpack Joyride
Stardrone Extreme
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus

Good looking PS Vita games I don't own yet:

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
Smart As
Sine Mora
MGS HD Collection
Unit 13
Touch My Katamari
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
Need For Speed: Most Wanted
New Little King's Story
Silent Hill: Book of Memories
Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed
Street Fighter X Tekken
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Sumioni: Demon Arts
Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
When Vikings Attack
Knytt Underground
Big Sky Infinity
Rayman Origins
Army Corps of Hell
DJ Max Technika Tune

Upcoming PS Vita games I'm getting:

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Killzone: Mercenary
Soul Sacrifice
Warrior's Lair
Phantasy Star Online 2

There's more than enough good games to play on the Vita. Some people are just too hard to please or don't know what they're missing.
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FamilyGuy  +   1103d ago
From your list it looks like the Vita is in serious need of some RPGs. Maybe they just aren't listed because of your particular gaming preference though?
Kalowest  +   1101d ago
I didn't see any good PSN games for Vita and I'm not buy console ports for Vita(I can play them on my PS360). When it come to actual Vita only games theirs not alot right now.
remanutd55  +   1104d ago
And im ready to see the psvita future on the 20th, i know i already saw a glimpse (Sly, Soul Sacrifice, Tearaway, Killzone Mercenary) but i think sony needs to announce new vita games at the event, a price drop wouldnt hurt either.
BIGTAMR  +   1104d ago
This article is terrible it's like it was written before the vita was released...
The vita is the psp2 just sony seems to have forgotten how to market the system as well as make decent games like the psp. 3ds was just the same in the first year before the price cut and the stream of games! So sony if you read this take the opportunity to make better games for the vita and make people buy it like the psp!
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Ripsta7th  +   1104d ago
WTF?? I dont think sony would do this, that would mean R.I.P vita :( and also alot of angry PS Vita owners. Feb 20 is going to be Gaikai and maybe a little ps4 tease
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-Gespenst-  +   1104d ago
This article's a joke right? He's like pretending the Vita never came out to make points about how a PSP successor aught to be... I think.

I'm barely bothered to read this. I suppose it makes all the points we're familiar with.
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animegamingnerd  +   1104d ago
wow why do people think if a system is not selling well the company should kill it and make a new one news flash it didn't work out so well when sega did it
danny818  +   1104d ago
This is an old article -.-
nevin1  +   1104d ago
I still think PSP2 should of been the name.
Soldierone  +   1104d ago
1 Sony announcing "PSP 2" would kill their market entirely. You don't put out Vita and market it, then randomly abandon it.... Vita IS PSP2, buy it or don't. Sony also stands behind their product for years before letting them go completely. Several MP3 players and so on in their history totally bombed, but they kept support behind them for at least 5 years.

2 Why would Sony host an event and fly everyone out for game announcements to Vita? like I've been saying, game announcements would be held at Destination PlayStation or around E3 for convenience of PR. Especially for Vita unless it's confirming MGS5 on it lol
CNCOMICS  +   1104d ago
LMAO! That must have been ghost written by Darth Clark from the Game Infarcer magazine!

Seriously, take it down a notch guys, he is clearly joking.
profgerbik  +   1104d ago
Was it hard to tell, either way it's really not that funny. If you want hits to your site write good articles then not nonsense jokes.
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profgerbik  +   1104d ago
There articles are getting ridiculous just completely random assumptions now.

Also the PS Vita is the PSP 2.. It would be completely moronic for Sony to start making a completely new handheld when currently it isn't selling well now as it is. From a business perspective you would want to sell the first version well before even attempting losing money on a new one.

And no I am not hating on the Vita, I bought one and couldn't be happier with the purchase I just think these articles about this Feb 20th event are getting completely out of hand.

Something someone could've wished up with a Magic 8 ball.

Shake, shake, shake "Will Sony release a new handheld on the 20th?" Magic 8 ball says yes, it must be true!
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shadow2797  +   1103d ago
I think the world is ready for the PSP2, we've been waiting way too long for a successor to the great PSP.

I also think Nintendo should announce the Wii 2 at E3 this year and catch Sony and Microsoft off-guard. Maybe they can find some way to combine the DS and Wii so you're gaming at home on two screens with optional motion control. That would be awesome.

Speaking of successors, when is Microsoft going to release the sequel to Windows 7? I love that OS, I just wish it was more tablet-y.

Sony should also give us some more information on that NGP thing they told us about a while ago. Maybe they'll do a full reveal of that right after they announce the PSP2.

I'll be interested to see the responses to this post. Judging by the above responses to this article, they should be pretty amusing.
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Funky_Homosapien  +   1103d ago
There is nothing wrong with psp vita they just need to drop the price look at nintendo 3ds when they dropped the price is when the sales exploded.
redtideone11  +   1103d ago
sony at playstation meeting, we will like to annonce that their will not be a new home console due to the lack of fans intrested in sony preoducts we will be using gaikai to stream new games onto the ps3. everyones eyes wide open O_______O
e-p-ayeaH  +   1103d ago
It would be something more like this

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Xer0_SiN  +   1103d ago
what? why? the vita is a dream machine. the thing just barely released. like sony said it best, sony products run marathons not sprints.
Chrono  +   1103d ago
Vita is not PSP2, it's not a replacement for PSP, I wish it did have a UMD slot, at least the initial version...
hot4play  +   1103d ago
There is a PSP2 --- its called the PS VITA.

What a joke of an article. Time to down-vote this article and site!
knifefight  +   1103d ago
I love my Vita, but Japan ain't buying it. That's the point of the article.
Are you really getting your panties in a bunch over an article about how the Vita sales in Japan could improve? Vita sales in Japan are LOW and that's just a fact. The PSP is outselling it almost constantly -- in December, PSP sales tripled Vita sales. It's almost as if the system doesn't even exist; that's the subtle message of this article. But apparently it's a little *too* subtle for you, since you didn't get it. ;)
Tultras  +   1103d ago
It's not because of the difference in hardware.

It's because that Japanese developers are supporting more PSP games than vita.
knifefight  +   1103d ago
Bingo. And that's exactly what the article says -- in so many words.
JimmyDanger  +   1103d ago
If such a mythical creature existed, with a UMD drive for my mountain of PsP games I need to catch up on, with memory stick pro duo support, and all the features of vita - and maybe even with a less android-y, better integrated OS/UI, I'd go buy one at launch. I rate the vita, but there are a number of reasons I haven't rushed out and bought one yet. A PsP2, that does all that, would leave me, and a great many psp owners who haven't yet jumped to Vita, almost no reasons not to go out and get one straight away.

By doing this, they'd most likely annoy Ps Vita owners (around 3 million people) , and delight and entice PsP owners (around 70 million people). Surely the numbers make sense. They'd double the Vita sales in 3 months. 10 million worldwide by 2014 - at the least. And with new games basically being vita games (and %100 compatible with existing Vitas), Vita fans of today could look forward to a bigger stream of games to be released than the current user base could support - so really - everybody wins.

Original phat DS, Chunky psp 1000, Original GBA (non sp), lynx 2, even the gameboy colour and mini to a certain extent - not to mention pspgo - the handheld platform has always been one of newer hardware superseding the original model, often a great deal - so it could hardly be seen as reckless. Just follow the handheld success golden rules (copyright Nintendo) 1) It's ok to release a new model, with new features, in the same Gen, as long as the software remains compatible. 2)Always keep backwards compatibility at least one Gen previous. Simple! They dropped the ball with rule 2 with the Vita, and they'd have a great chance to correct this oversight.

Shame it's a joke article, because seriously, this would be great for - 1) everyone who owned/owns a psp and haven't upgraded yet 2)everyone who owns a Vita who is worried about the medium to long term viability of the platform receiving numerous quality releases on a platform with very low sales. 3)The devs who have supported/and/or want to support Vita but are worried about sales/size of potential market for their games. 4)Sony, who sell (easily) 10 million PsP 2s in the first 12 months, and can put Vitas difficult first year behind them. 5) Me. I'd get one straight away!
DivineAssault  +   1103d ago
nope.. Price cut for both vita & ps3 will happen as well as some game announcements for both.. Then vita sales will surge in japan just like 3DS did.. Then vita will get even more games
givemeshelter  +   1103d ago
This made me laugh LOL
koehler83  +   1103d ago
This is satire.. right?
Gamerita  +   1103d ago
japan needs PS4 because i need it.
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