In light of all of the PSP 2 rumors floating around I thought I would highlight one of my previous articles, and point out what the PSP 2 really needs to do if it is to succeed.
I will start out by pointing out why some of these prospective new features will not really benefit the PSP franchise. First is the idea of a touch screen. Trying to penetrate the mobile touch screen market is a terrible idea, unless Sony has a really amazing touchscreen technology up their sleeve. Trying to compete directly with the iPhone, and the DS is a bad move, and I don’t think it will happen.
All of the other rumored new features do seem a lot more plausible, such as dual thumb-sticks (please, please, please), the sliding screen, and even the removal of the UMD drive.
The major advantage the PSP has over the rest of the market is soooo underused, and that is the PS3. I bought my first PSP with visions of a super advanced PS3 controller. I listened to all the rumors of rear view mirrors, and all sorts of other uses of the PSP screen when connected to the PS3. So far we are just starting to get a little taste of the computability (I’m looking at you resistance). But if the new PSP promises an advanced level of compatibility with the PS3 it will help to give the PS3 something special (the blu-ray routine is getting old) and give the PSP a leg over its competitors.
Obviously the PSP has sold over 50,000 units, and is doing quite well. The PSP fails not in sales, but in “attractiveness” (to use). We can see that same trend with the Wii, nobody in their right mind would say the Wii is a failure but you could say that it fails to work for you. That is what I am saying here, the PSP has a fairly small selection of really good games, and it’s PS3 connectivity features simply aren’t good enough YET, so the PSP fails to be a viable entertainment system for ME.
-PSP Editorial(Elaborates on these points)