So, what will the PSP2 bring to the table?
A major missing player of this year's E3 was the rumored "PSP2". Sony may be holding the system back for an announcement at the Tokyo Game Show (seeing how the PSP is much more popular there), but with the Nintendo 3DS out of the bag, Sony is going to have to make a move soon or be left behind.
Now, while the current PSP is not the #1 selling handheld like the DS, it certainly is not a failure(with the exception of the PSPGo). It has sold nearly 60 million units worldwide, which is a TON of units! I think there are five major things that Sony would need to improve on the PSP2 not only to recapture the PSP audience, but also to compete with the 3DS.
1. Multimedia power - hey, I thought the PSP was the multimedia device! And what's this? Now Nintendo 3DS will let you take 3D pictures and watch 3D movies? Sony is going to have to really bring its best to the table in order to compete with the multimedia capabilities of the 3DS. Perhaps blu-ray quality movies? Instant online streaming and web-browsing? Who knows? All I know is that Nintendo really pulled out all the stops for the 3DS's multimedia capabilities, and the PSP2 is going to have to compete.
2. Gaming power - have you seen the 3DS graphics? They look great, and that's not just my opinion. Many professionals in the gaming market are saying the 3DS graphics are on par with the Gamecube or even the Wii. The PSP brand has always been known to have "better graphics", so Sony will need to step it up in order to put the 3DS to shame. Oh, and another thing: let's have some games for the PSP. The 3DS is getting a ton, and I'd hate to see the PSP2 get nothing but ports like the PSP.
3. Online power - the PSP's online was better than the DS, sure, but it's wasn't anything to write home about. With all of the online features that the 3DS will be getting, the PSP has an opportunity to speed ahead and make an impression. I'd hope for online functionality that can support multiplayer along the likes of the PS3 or 360.
4. Controlling power - A Second analog nub, and for that matter, don't make it a nub! The "Playstation controller" setup is familiar to more gamers around the world than any other gaming platform (based on console sales). So, why fix what ain't broken? Well, the PSP isn't quite there yet. We need better shoulder buttons and another analog stick. Sony really needs to get the PSP2's control scheme perfect if it plans to compete with the 3DS's analog "slider", touch screen, motion controls, and gyro controls.
5. The "it" power - the 3DS is...well...3D! What will the PSP2 bring to the table? A touch screen isn't going to be enough. Sony is really going to need to think about what the PSP2 can contribute to the gaming world. Will its online be unmatched? Will it have graphics that rival current-gen systems? What will it be? I can guarantee you that the 3DS is finally going to shed the "it's a kiddie toy" stereotype that plagued the DS, so Sony will need more than a marketing campaign to compete.
What do you think the PSP2 will bring to the gaming world when it is finally revealed?