With the rumored PSP2 announcement set for this Friday, I though it would be a good time to list off of some features I hope Sony is readying for its next portable outing!
Ability to Play PS2 Games
I can’t think of anything better than being able to download full PS2 Classics so you can take them anywhere you go. The PS2 was a huge success for Sony and to not to take advantage of that would be insane. I can imagine downloading Final Fantasy XII and playing on the HD screen anywhere, anytime. Not only do you have some classic games to choose from, you immediately have a huge library of games from since the PS2 has over a thousand games available. Hopefully Sony learns from its mistakes in the Ps1, and finally makes more games available more frequently. GTA3 anyone?
At this point every single tech gadget out there has a touch screen of some kind. It is a must-have in this post-iPhone world we live in, and Sony definitely needs to take advantage of this control method. Plus, it could make porting from DS to the PSP easier. Heck, it could make porting from the iPhone to PSP easier as well.
I love my PSP, I am currently playing Monster Hunter Portable 3rd that I imported last week. It’s a great game and I highly recommend it. If I am not plugged into the charger, I only get a few hours before the batteries run out of juice and that’s a shame. If you have looked at the amount of battery life on the Nintendo 3DS, you will notice something strange. For the first time, the battery life on a Nintendo portable is TERRIBLE! With full 3-D on, it will get 3-5 hours of battery life. Sony needs to stick it to Nintendo and announce some decent gameplay time with its next portable or else suffer the same fate as the original PSP.
Dual Analog Sticks!
The one thing that has held back the PSP in its current form has been the lack of a proper dual analog controls. Most hardcore games need them nowadays, and Nintendo got around this by having a touch screen control method. There have been several leaked images to come out in the recent months that show two analog sticks, but these were most certainly prototypes. I hope Sony wises up and adds some dual analog stick action!
This I would say is a long shot, but if it came true would change the dynamic in the portable system war. If Sony comes out with an always-on 3G connection that allows you to download not only games but movies and music, that definitely would give Sony an edge in combating the 3DS. It would be even better if this 3G connection allowed you to play games online.
An Awesome Software Launch!
A system launch is always is great, but it’s only as good as the games available to buy on day one. The 3DS software launch is not very impressive and lacks a huge seller like a Mario or a Zelda which is strange for a Nintendo launch. Sony needs to take it up a notch and announce a huge library of games ready for day one. Having great PSP2 exclusives, along with a PS2 shop on PS2 are just what it needs to combat the incoming 3DS.
There are plenty of more things I want out of the PSP2, but I’ll stop here. I am very hopeful that Sony can create a great portable contender and really felt that they had a good chance with the PSP. However, the PSP was ultimately dragged down by poor developer support, rampant piracy, poor battery life and poor controls for a majority of games. The PSP has done the impossible so far; it went head to head with Nintendo in the portable arena, and it’s still standing. You don’t have to look very far to see the destroyed hopes of so many portable systems over the last 20 years of Nintendo’s dominance. In the end, it’s up to Sony to learn from its mistakes and finally live up to all hype once and for all.
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