PSP2 with rear touchpad could be due in 2011

According to lucky eyewitnesses who have seen the upcoming device, the touch panel resembles "a big mouse trackpad" that will allow users to control their game alongside dual analog sticks.

PSP2 mockup
This isn't the rumored PSP2, but a fan-created mockup of a new PlayStation Portable. Kotaku

With the PSP Go pretty much a no-go in terms of sales, Sony has been rather quiet on the portable game console front. But now, the rumor mills are astir with actual sightings of a new PSP2 for late 2011 that will feature a touchpad on the rear.

According to the lucky eyewitnesses who have seen the upcoming device, the touch panel resembles "a big mouse trackpad" that will allow users to control their game alongside dual analog sticks.

With everything going HD these days, we can expect the PSP2 screen to be no less than high-definition. It's also said to be an inch larger than existing models.

Video game-focused blog Kotaku also reports that the Japanese giant has Apple, and not Nintendo, in its crosshairs, which changes the game slightly. As a result, Sony could be cobbling together a product that's also part e-book reader and part Netbook to survive in the game. Will this be enough for Sony to grab a bite out of Apple's pie? What innovations would you like to see in the new Sony gaming rig? Should it have 3D or should it be the rumored hybrid gaming phone ? Share your comments in the TalkBack section below.

(Source: Crave Asia via Kotaku)

 

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