PSP2 To Be UMD Free, Match 360 For Power

Another day, another PlayStation Portable related rumor. Recently leaked images of what appears to be a PlayStation Phone surfaced, with Engadget pointing at a Android based phone being released sometime next year. Now, another rumor has surfaced, that boasts some pretty impressive figures for the PSP2.

According to Kotaku, sources have told them that the PlayStation Portable 2 will “rival the Xbox 360 in processing power” and drop the UMD (Universal Media Disc) format. Apparently, multiple sources detailed their meetings with Sony during the Tokyo Game Show about the long-rumored PSP2. At the meetings, the device was shown to have a touch panel on the back of the system akin to a mouse trackpad. The PSP2 also had the much demanded dual analog sticks and a larger display which Sony proclaimed to be HD.

Sony has yet to settle on a final design, with one version looking like a PSP Go, and one looking like the standard PSP.

Kotaku’s sources claim that the PSP2 is entirely UMD free, much like the PSP Go, with games being stored on the handheld’s Memory Stick. Additionally, Sony is still thinking of other UMD-less storage solutions for the PSP2.

The PSP2 will be a much more powerful gaming device than its predecessor with “twice the RAM of the Xbox 360”. The PSP2 will have 1 GB of RAM – to put that in perspective, the PSP Go and PSP 3000 have 64 MB of RAM, and the Xbox 360 has 512 MB of RAM.

On top of that, VG247‘s sources have “confirmed” that the PSP2’s codename is “Veta”, and that the machine will have a 5-6″ screen.

Nothing has been confirmed by Sony, and, as ever, we’d recommend taking any rumors with a pinch of salt. While these rumors may not be entirely true, the PSP2 itself is already in developer’s hands.