PSP 2 is "Pretty Powerful", Already In Developers' Hands
The fact that Sony are currently working on their next generation handheld is one of the worst-kept secrets in gaming at the moment. What is surprising, however, is that they've remained deathly silent about their new system- despite myriad rumours of its supposed capabilities.
However, it appears that the PSP2 is already making the rounds of Netherrealm studios, the developer behind the upcoming Mortal Kombat remake.
"...we have a PSP2 in the house and we’re looking at the engine, like what can it support. Always a big thing for us is the performance. We’re running at 60 fps, what can we do and do we have to build all the art assets over. We’re definitely looking at them. PSP2 looks like it’s a pretty powerful machine. We don’t have a 3DS system in house yet, but we’re looking to get one, and we’ll certainly look at what its power is.” - Executive Producer Shaun Himmerick, Netherrealm Studios
So... the PSP2 is definitely out there- and is likely to be a fairly meaty piece of kit. Pundits and eager fans (or both, in my case) alike have been wondering about the reasons behind Sony's reticence to come forward with a hardware reveal. Either they're waiting to analyse the impact of handheld 3D gaming, or the recent sales boom in Japan has made them realise that there's plenty of life in the old dog yet. Either way, the most recent rumours suggest that the PSP2 will be set for a 2011 reveal... and we wonder how the launch titles are coming along. Considering that developers are already experimenting with the tech, we might be seeing it sooner rather than later. [industrygamers]
Playstation Move Launches, Kinect Mouths Off
Just in case you didn't know, Playstation Move launches today in the UK. The motion control peripheral blends familiar Wii-esque gameplay with a far greater level of precision and potential... though many of the launch titles leave much to be desired. We'll soon have a full hardware review for you shortly.
As you'd expect, however, Microsoft is trying to outshout the competition in order to make Kinect more visible (which, frankly, they ought to have been prioritising before today. On the flipside, however, Kinect Boss Phil Spencer has told Eurogamer that Kinect will have the "biggest platform launch ever"... and Tsunoda reckons that the peripheral will even outsell the iPad (over 3 million units this Christmas apparently). Them's fighting words, Spencer, but I suppose it depends on the definition of "platform."
Psyched for Move? Can't wait for Kinect? Or feel that this is just a flash in the pan that the Wii's already capitalised on years ago? Have your say in the comments!
Privates Too Sexual For Xbox, MS Pulls Plug
You may remember that Zombie Cow Studios, the esteemed and anarchic British Indie developers, recently released an epic piece of sexual education software for E4. Privates is a hectic and impressive shooter set within various intimate parts of human anatomy- and at one point, Zombie Cow were interested in securing the title for an Xbox Live Indie or XBLA release.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has deemed the product to be too mature and sexual to feature on Xbox Live Marketplace- and whilst it's a shame that yet another Indie developer won't get the chance to show off on the Xbox 360, you can sort of see where they're coming from.