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"Sony is pushing developers away from its 'Universal Media Discs' and towards digital distribution of games via the PSP store."

That's the latest word from Sony director of hardware marketing John Koller, speaking to Silicon Alley Insider (via videogaming247). "Someone misinterpreted the new push as 'PSP2' development," Koller explained, "no plans for a PSP2 are underway."

If you feel confused, don't worry, so do we. Last week, mysterious sources speaking to Eurogamer claimed some developers were already working on titles for the PSP's successor. Of course, this directly contradicted a statement made a few days prior by Sony Europe honcho David Reese, who stated quite plainly, "There are currently no plans for a PSP2."

Even though two official sources have now "confirmed" that a PSP2 is currently not in development, we still can't be 100% sure about the truth of the matter. Remember, if the handheld really is being pieced together, it's in Sony's best interests to keep everything under wraps until they're good and ready to make a formal announcement. And if they're still so vehement in their denial of its existence, that announcement could be a while off.
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Digital distribution would make life easy for everyone with a decent internet connection, seems that way anyway.
    
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post #2 of 26
odd - they made this statement about a month ago.
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Well done sony, you realised that UMD's were a massive bunch of fail.

Even more so was UMD movies. Epic
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Digital distribution is good when it's fast. At home I have a 11mpbs cable and because Steam servers suck (average: 350 kbps), I've been downloading GTA IV (16GB) for the last 10 hours and finally reaching 99%. Imagine having to download games for hours... that would suck.
    
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Digitally downloading games and media is the future. Steam and a few others saw this and capitalized on it. I think this is a great idea however I do like having an actual "copy" of my games and media....
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mmmm i smell exploit all over this... (consumers exploiting)
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Surprising as Sony is the king of pointless new formats. Good to see them get on the right track though
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Surprising as Sony is the king of pointless new formats. Good to see them get on the right track though
they have one format that will thrive and make them billions in near future: BLU-RAY!!!!!
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With the capacities of microSDHC getting increasingly higher and higher, it's no surprise that UMD is flopping.
    
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This will push Sony into making larger MSPro Duo memories
And the only game I have left on UMD is Loco Roco since the last PSP I had was stolen so out with UMD.
Also makes more space for cooling leading to space for better and faster processing power.
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