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Sony To Showcase New PSP2 Gaming Console On Jan 27?

Japanese electronics giant is set to announce an updated version of its portable gaming device, the Playstation Portable, on Thursday 27th of January, two people close to the plans told Cliff Edwards of Bloomberg.

Edwards' sources (opens in new tab) told him that Sony will also give out more details regarding its strategy to share content like games, movies and music amongst its devices which will almost certainly include smartphones under the Sony Ericsson banner.

Nearly 19 million PSP consoles have been sold since its launch in the US, a figure that compares poorly to the 47 million or so units of the various flavours of Nintendo DS that were bought by US households.

The PSPGo, which was supposed to revive the PSP's fortunes, failed to impress despite the fact that Sony made a major concession by replacing proprietary gaming disks by virtual downloads.

Now could that gaming console and the PSP Phone (or Xperia Play) be one and only device? Would it make sense for Sony to announce two gaming device, albeit for different audiences, knowing pertinently that they might cannibalise each other's sales?

The rumour emerges only a few hours before the Nintendo formally presents the 3DS to the market ahead of a February launch in Japan.

Désiré Athow
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 ITProPortal.com 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.