Many Sony fans have been pleading for a second analog on the PSP since it’s release without seemingly any reply from Sony, but in a recent article in Game Informer Magazine, Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida shows that they ARE taking their customers’ wants into consideration.
“We also felt – like many users – that we wish we had a second analog on the PSP. But we are talking about the mid-life cycle of this platform, and the PSPgo is designed to be perfectly compatible with the PSP-3000 and all the games that released before that. So we had a very serious discussion about this particular subject, but we decided not to add a second analog, and some of the developers are doing quite a nice job translating the second analog functionality to different buttons. We didn’t want to divert their efforts either.”
– Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Worldwide Studios
Basically even though they want a second analog on their handheld, it really made no sense for them to add one to the PSP Go, a system that is technically in the same generation as the original PSP. Adding a different control scheme to the PSP Go would be like Nintendo deciding that the DSi would forgo the traditional touch screen of the previous DS systems for a different control layout. For a system that is supposed to play all the same games, it really made no sense to add a second analog stick. I think this is a good move by Sony, deciding not to split their handheld market into two halfway through the PSP’s life-cycle. I’m sure Sony will listen to their customers and add the second analog stick whenever they decide to release the PSP 2.