And Insider Source strikes again! Although this, time, if this does turn out to be true, he would have hit the motherload! QJ tipster zen has sent us word that there are two great news rumors to fixate our minds on the rest of the day, nay, even week. One, the PSP2 is real and someone has actually held it in his hands for real (that would be Insider Source). Two, PS3 is getting a price drop, and that's gonna be U 100 off your back.
According to Insider Source, who relayed his "findings" back to One Last Continue, Sony reps met up with some people to show the next iteration of the PSP. They were, however, not allowed to play with it. Descriptions would reveal the following:
- Rounded Edges
- Dual analog sticks
- Small sliding screen
- Similar size and thickness to current PSP model
- No UMD drive
Hmmm... these details have been seen before. It seems like it strongly concurs with previous reports on the specs of the PSP2. Also, it looks like Dave Perry might have actually be onto something when he said that the PSP2 won't have the UMD drive.
And there's more from Inside Source: "Patapon 2 is kinda the test drive, heard it said that if it fails massively, then the new PSP may put UMD back. Said they are working out bugs for release." So far, no other PSP title coming out for launch has been announced to be sold as a digital content.
Why Patapon 2? That's not so hard to guess either, given that the previous iteration was a huge hit. It would then make sense to use it as a gauge to see if people would still buy the game given its quality, or if the format would factor in their decision-making as consumers. But that's just my two cents.
The other interseting bit from Insider Source is that a US 100 price cut is indeed coming to the PS3, to be announced during E3. And get this, apparently, North American vendors have been given the heads up of this price drop as they've been said to be "stockpiling" the consoles in anticipation of this price drop.
And to all this, what does good ol' Sony have to say? Julie Han of Corporate Communications replied: "I don't know who your source is, but Sony is not in the business of answering rumors."
Well I say they can just have flat-out denied if there was no merit to it, yes? I say there's fire where there's smoke. And it smells like its headed to the E3.
Thanks again to zen for the tip!
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