Sony fans are on the edge of their seats waiting for tonight’s announcement about the next generation of the PSP handheld device that the company is expected to announce at an event in Tokyo.
Some details have already surfaced. A report in Japan’s Nikkei newspaper said the device will have a touchscreen and connect to NTT DoCoMo’s 3G network in Japan, finally giving the PlayStation Portable truly mobile, connected gaming, according to Kotaku.
What I’m curious to see is whether Sony releases a single device tonight — the PSP2 — or several devices, a PSP 2 plus the long-awaited Sony PlayStation phone.
I’ve heard from someone who has already received one of the Sony Ericsson PlayStation phones. It’s based on Google’s Android operating system with game controls.
One interesting tidbit shared during our chat: The PlayStation phone will connect to AT&T’s wireless network in the U.S.
Whether this gives Sony enough to compete with Nintendo’s hot 3DS handheld remains to be seen. But it will definitely make Android a more interesting gaming platform.
A PlayStation spokesman declined to confirm any of the details, saying people have to wait for the press conference. It’s taking place at 3 p.m. in Tokyo, so word will emerge this evening.