Sony’s PlayStation Portable 2, it is rumored, has an OLED touchscreen and will use Japan’s NTT Docomo 3G network in its home market, where it will be released first in 4Q 2011, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei Times.
Though Sony uses OLED for many products including its Cybershot cameras, OLED, made by Samsung, is said to be in short supply. Sony will reveal its PSP2 in Tokyo on Jan. 27, 2011, which is a month before the company’s biggest rival in the gaming market, Nintendo, releases its 3DS portable gaming device.
Nintendo 3DS has a glasses-free 3D display, which is increasingly becoming the most sought-after technology and might also be present on Sony’s PSP2. Sony’s Bravia HDTVs already use glasses-free 3D display technology. Also see our story on Nvidia Tegra 2 3D chipset
Sony is said to be working on a new processor designed specifically for its new portable gaming device. The chipset would integrate a fast graphics processor, possibly more than one core chip so you can download content while playing a game; and might have a special chip for short range communication and data transfer among Sony devices. This way you could play a game on your Sony Bravia TV using your PSP2 console without tripping over wires.
Sony PSP2 will be good for multiplayer gaming, and will be able to download full games and video over Docomo’s network in Japan. Docomo will likely have special 3G data plans for PSP2, but tariff details haven’t been revealed yet.
According to Sony, PSP2 is as powerful as PlayStation 3. The phone apparently has two joystick controls, and phone calls won’t be its main feature because for that there will be Sony’s PlayStation phone.
Much of this, as you can probably tell, is speculation. More details are coming every day. Meanwhile, it is unclear when Sony’s PlayStation Pro 2 console will arrive in the rest of the world, and which carriers it will go to.
Next month at Mobile World Congress 2011, Sony is expected to unveil its PlayStation smartphone, possibly called Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which will combine Sony Ericsson’s telecom capabilities+PlayStation gaming+Sony audio+Cybershot photography+Sony Bravia display technologies.
It has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Qualcomm Adreno 205 graphics processor, 4-inch touchscreen capable of a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The PlayStation phone will have a 512MB ROM, 512MB of RAM, a camera capable of recording 720p HD video, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
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