Sony PSP2 Said to Have OLED Display and 3G Connectivity
The list of impressive features in the upcoming PlayStation Portable 2 continues to grow. The most recent report indicates Sony will include an OLED display and 3G connectivity.
Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports Sony will use OLED technology for the display of its PSP2 hand-held gaming console . OLED offers low power consumption for battery-powered devices, and the company already has experience working with small OLED displays.
Including 3G connectivity is a bit more surprising because it's unprecedented for handheld gaming devices. It means that PSP2 owners will likely have to sign a data contract with a carrier and opens up speculation about which U.S. carriers it will be available on. The 3G connection will help it compete with the rise of smartphone app gaming, though, and allow PSP2 owners to buy, download and update games automatically.
Sony is rumored to be planning a PSP2 announcement for Jan. 27. If so, it will enter the market with instant competition from Nintendo's latest handheld device, the Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS will go on sale in March for $250 , which sets an important precedent for Sony if it plans to compete directly with Nintendo.