David, who is now COO of Capcom Europe, reckons that if Sony are serious about competing in the handheld market space, they need to release the PSP2.
The comment comes via an interview with GameIndustry, where he was asked about the release of the PSP2, and if it would be wise to release it.
Id like to the think it would be for the publishers and developers and consumers, he said.
Sony tried to make the transition with PSPgo, I think that changed some consumers attitudes, but they need to come back with something on PSP pretty quickly to stay in the game because Nintendo are hot at getting these things right. And they always get these things right.
We're puzzled as to what Sony can do to stay competitive in the handheld space. The PlayStation Portable has a good lineup for the rest of this year, but there seems to be a stigma in the West that nobody cares and unfortunately that's stuck. With the 3DS getting as much buzz as it is, you'd feel Sony would have to one-up said device in price, support and features; a momentous task.
Some speculation points to a TGS reveal of the PSP2 hardware, but we simply can't see it happening. Sony would have cut the PSP's price at E3 if they were moving towards a new device, but they haven't. The problem is, if they don't release a PSP2 now, all their current third-party support will jump ship. And then when they're ready, it will make it even harder for them to capture the market.