Mmmm, PSP2. Handheld. But despite the very powerful technological novelties (5-inch touchscreen, quad-core processor, OLED), we’re still a little skeptical.
Basically the PSP2 can beat the current generation of its peer devices, but it will arrive just about the time, or even after the time, that Sony’s competitors are releasing devices that are as powerful—or possibly even more so. It’s too late. And if Sony gets its pricing wrong (a big risk, given the amount of novel tech inside the device and remembering Sony’s historic high pricing habits), it’ll also price itself out of the market. The one saving grace may be the Android games market Sony’s building up—to support its new mobile game hardware (which includes the upcoming PlayStation Phone, and Android-powered device). This could keep Sony relevant, even if its hardware sales don’t prove all that good.