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Sony presenting new touch-sensitive PSP to publishers

Model similar to PSP-3000 with touch-sensitive pad behind the unit; late 2011 release mooted

Sony's next-generation PlayStation Portable features touch-sensitive controls and Flash storage, according a number of high-profile development sources.

Speaking to our sister site Eurogamer.net, three separate sources have said that the hardware will be similar in design to the PSP-3000, not the most recently released PSPgo, and feature a touch sensitive control area at the reverse of the unit.

Sony has very recently met with publishing partners to show first-party games on the device and presented a business model for the new system, with some suggestions that the hardware will be released before the end of 2011.

Sony has not discussed the hardware publicly. In its press event during Gamescom this week, the emphasis on the current PSP hardware was that it is skewing towards a younger audience.

According to the report, Sony had considered a disc-based storage system for the new PSP, but is now incorporating Flash media support following developer feedback.

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Latest comments (13)

Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 6 years ago
So the inevitable will happen in no time, 5 more years to 3d?
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Private Industry 6 years ago
At the back of the device?
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Took them long enough. =P
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
Werner, that's my question as well.

Does a screen exist on both sides? Does that make 1 side for gaming and 1 side for movies, phone, something else?

Is the back side simply touch sensitive like a track pad on a notebook?
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Miguel Melo Principal Software Engineer/Product Manager 6 years ago
@Werner, Jimmy: It's for petting your console.
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Private Industry 6 years ago
I could imagine using the middle fingers for touch analog "sticks", but it just sounds weird to have it only on the back.
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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 6 years ago
Personally I would rather see the PSP x000 models with touchscreen, as the Go was just to small for me to actually play for a few minutes without my hands/arms cramping up as the controls are too close to each other..
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 6 years ago
I wonder how a backside touchscreen will work - both ergonomically and gameplay wise. If you are rubbing your touchscreen on the back while playing games like "God of War" for an extended period of time, it could be quite damaging. I'm surprised that they don't just put a slide pad in like 3DS if they just want to imitate some Nintendo products anyway. Also if the touch pad actually locates on top of the UMD drive, that will be a heavily used area, how sturdy will that touch pad last?
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hmmm i have bad vibes/visions of rubbing the back of the touchscreen. Looks too akward....:)
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Josef Brett Animator 6 years ago
Depends where on the back the pad is...

Sounds weird to me personally, but if it's in just the right place, it could add something I suppose.
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Chris Pelling AI Programmer, 2K Marin6 years ago
Putting the touch control on the back is an idea that's been around before, for mobile phones. It's a decent way to avoid the "fat finger" problem. Of course it's not perfect, but all touch input solutions involve compromise. If done well it could be pretty neat.
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Sounds like a quick solution to try to fight the juggernaut that will be the 3DS
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Igor Macukat Studying Computer Science (Games), University of Brighton6 years ago
It needs to have 2 analogue nubs!.... IT HAS TO!... also 3D would be nice :D
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