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Sony Could Launch PSP 2 At E3

Japanese manufacturer Sony could launch a new version of its popular Playstation Portable gaming console at next month's E3 gaming event.

According to MCV (opens in new tab), the fact that a number of gaming publishers have ringfenced a significant amount of their marketing budgets for a particular item which wil be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.

MCV's curiosity was also aroused by the fact that an anonymous source from an unnamed publisher said that it is holding back plans on the PSP as it is waiting for an update on future plans for the platform.

The Register (opens in new tab) though points out that the fourth quarter of the year corresponds to the busiest one of the year (Christmas and Black Friday in the US). It will also be when Sony and Microsoft will release Move and Natal respectively, their two motion control gaming peripherals.

Sony is set to pitch the PSP v2 against the Nintendo 3DS which will be announced at E3 as well. Obviously, Apple is also rumoured to be launching the next generation iPhone 4G or iPhone HD by the end of next month.

We'd be chuffed however if Sony could do a tie-up with Sony Ericsson and launch a proper PSP gaming console with integrated mobile phone capabilities (or vice versa). After all if Apple managed to do it with the iPhone, why can't Sony do it?

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.