Drafting The Dream PSP 2

Posted on September 9, 2010

We’ve taken the Internet and shoved it in our pocket. We’ve started controlling our characters by touching them on the screen. We’ve crammed 3D into a portable presentation that doesn’t require glasses. What could possibly be next for portable gaming?

One thing is for sure, if Sony wants to stay competitive in the handheld market then it needs to get inventive with the next iteration of the PSP. Rumors have started circulating about how Sony’s next PSP could be a phone that runs a modified version of Google’s Android OS, but let’s look at some approaches Sony could take to dominate the handheld market.

Stick It To Us

This is a bit of a no-brainer. Ever since the original PSP was first announced in 2003, all anyone could talk about was how much better the system would be if it had a second analog stick. We say, don’t just add an extra stick, but add two extra shoulder buttons as well. This would effectively give this PSP the equivalent layout of a standard console controller. Not only would this make FPS titles on the system better, it would allow Sony to more easily port old PSone and PS2 titles to the new handheld. We’d happily buy Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy X, or Grand Theft Auto: Vice City again for our next road trip.

Also…

The Droid allows users to issue vocal commands; we want that.

Hard Drivin’

If the last few years have shown us anything, it’s that the downloadable market isn’t going away. For the new PSP we’d like to see a good mix of $1, $5, and even meaty $20 titles. Of course, this means that the new PSP will need a decent hard drive. We don’t think we need to say goodbye to games you can buy off a shelf, however, but let’s get rid of the UMD – it’s expensive and bulky. Instead, we hope that Sony follows Nintendo’s lead and puts retail titles on small flash drives.

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