Report Says PSP 2 ‘as Powerful as PS3′

Sony is telling the people who will be making PSP 2 games that the still-unannounced handheld is going to be as powerful as a Playstation 3.

That’s according to an MCV report, in which “high-level sources” said that Sony wants to combat the exploding app game market with deeper, more engaging portable content. It wants to differentiate from the iPhone (and the Playstation Phone we keep seeing all over the Internet) and their casual, small-scale games.

The report says a preliminary announcement is scheduled for Jan. 27, with more information coming at GDC and E3 soon after. It’ll incorporate media that can be bought in stores, although downloadable content and apps will still be available on the portable. The PSP 2 could also include some kind of phone capabilities, but if it does, they’ll be minimal.

I kind of doubt the PSP 2 will be a pocket PS3, but it’ll probably get close, like the PSP was for the Playstation 2. It’s tough to say, though given the things that even phones will soon be capable of in terms of gaming. Regardless, if Sony wants to offer a deeper experience with its portable games, lets see them play with PS3 games in multiplayer. That’d go a pretty long way toward taking some bite out of the mobile gaming market, and Nintendo’s 3DS.

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