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Perry calls out Sony as PSP 2 rumours fly

Hardware chatter refuses to die down as expectations grow for new handhelds

Outspoken developer David Perry is adamant the next iteration of the PSP will not include a UMD drive – despite Sony claiming continued support for the format.

The latest teasing from Perry comes as numerous rumours of a PSP 4000 and a true PSP 2 do the rounds across the internet.

Perry had originally posted on his Twitter feed that the PSP 2 was due soon, and Sony had ditched the UMD drive. Sony's John Koller responded by denying any such console is in development, refusing to discuss whether UMD will feature in future PlayStation Portable hardware.

"John Koller is publicly questioning my post about PSP 2," wrote Perry yesterday. "So I confirmed with top PSP 2 developers. John, state that PSP 2 will have UMD," challenged Perry.

Sony is unlikely to respond beyond the usual corporate line, but many in the industry are expecting the continued evolution of the PSP, and key developers are believed to be creating for new Sony hardware.

According to our sister site Eurogamer.net, Sony could be releasing the PSP 4000 this year, and announcing a PSP 2 in 2010.

The PSP 4000 is expected to drop the UMD format, as well as feature a new sliding screen. All eyes are now on E3 in June, where Sony is expected to reveal the new handheld.

Sony has embarked on a renewed push for the PSP, after a quiet 12 months for the format.

New LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm and Buzz titles are due for the system this year, and publishers such as MTV and Ubisoft have recommitted to the system with titles such as Assassin's Creed and Rock Band.

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