More Rumors Surface Of A PSP 3 Or PS Vita 2 Appearing At E3 2017
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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2017)

Rumors leading up to E3 are always huge. They happen all the time. The biggest rumors almost always seem to center around Sony because they’ve been a market leader consistently for so long that a lot of people are generally excited to see what they pull out each year. Well, adding on to the rumors that surfaced earlier this year in February centering around a patent that Sony filed for a handheld device, as reported by Digital Trends, two new pieces of information popped up about a new PSP 3 or a PS Vita 2.

So first up, Game Kana is reporting that Chinese games media have reportedly noted that they’re being invited to a special presentation by Sony’s China office for the unveiling of a new piece of hardware.

There’s images of the press invitation and the comments from the Chinese about Sony’s new hardware potentially being something to rival the Nintendo Switch. They also speculate a possible PS4 Extreme Slim Edition being unveiled. The images of the press invite were posted over on A9VG.

GameKana discounted the news, stating that they didn’t believe that it could actually be a PSP 3, but they did believe that there might be a new PS4 SKU introduced at E3.

Now keep in mind that this could very well end up being little more than a hoax. There have been a ton of rumors dumped out just ahead of E3 from a number of people looking to put eyes and attention on them.

However, in addition to Chinese media claiming that Sony may unveil something akin to the PSP 3 or PS Vita 2, there was also rumors that someone overheard someone from Square Enix talking about a possible new device from Sony that they may unveil, similar to the likes of the Nintendo Switch. YouTuber bitbite did a quick video on it in addition to what was reported in the Forbes article regarding the topic.

This could be huge news for PlayStation gamers, if it turns out to be true.

The patent design lends a lot of credence to the rumors, but the flimsy sourcing makes it a little difficult to take the other pieces at face value.

Of course, this possible new hybrid portable system from Sony wouldn’t be too surprising. Sales of the PS4 are somewhat slowing down compared to what they were before, and innovation seems to have stalled. Both Sony and Microsoft have opted to chase the 4K arena, which is only really popular amongst the hardcore enthusiasts.

Nintendo going in the complete opposite direction with their home console/handheld hybrid seems to be paying off for them, so seeing Sony mimic them with their own device would only make sense given that they did the same thing with the PlayStation Move, following behind Nintendo when they released the Wii with the Wii-motes. The only problem with these rumors is that Sony has never dominated the handheld market. While their Xperia phones are in-demand, the PSP and PS Vita are not.

Ultimately, we’ll find out if there’s any truth behind these rumors when E3 rolls around in just a couple of weeks.

Thanks for the news tip Mr. Towel.

(Main image courtesy of Curved Labs)


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  • Aaal

    Sony exec USA already states no portable in upcoming e3. Read until the middle. http://m.ign.com/articles/2017/06/06/sony-exec-shawn-layden-calls-nintendo-switch-a-great-success

    • Juner

      Maybe something connected to PS4 than a handheld is what Billy’s article is referring to…

  • Prometheus

    I’m having a hard time trusting Sony. I really liked my PSP and have really enjoyed my Vita, but Sony never had a support strategy for Vita. They released two PSP God of War titles for PSP, and zero for Vita. They released one Assassin’s Creed title for Vita, and it had bugs. They released Borderlands 2 for Vita and it had bugs. They had the perfect portable console for carrying AAA titles on the go and let it die simply from a lack of proper care and feeding. In Japan, the Vita is very successful … because they release games that service that market. They never really had any faith in the Vita in the US. They just gave up as soon as smart phones and tablets hit the scene, even though the 3DS recovered nicely (because Nintendo released games for it). The Vita would have rebounded too if Sony had trusted its own product line.

    But they didn’t.

    I don’t really trust them to release a Vita 2/PSP 3 and properly support it. Even if they did finally learn the lesson on proprietary memory, they don’t have a good track record in proper support of their mobile consoles. It will have to be an absolutely killer console with a robust game lineup at launch or I’m not interested at all. I’m not trusting Sony again with their “the games are coming” approach. With the Vita, that line was a lie. And the memory cards never dropped in price. 5 years later, a 32GB card is still $60+.

    • Juner

      Maybe a hybrid handheld/console will make sense

      • Prometheus

        I’d love it … but I still don’t trust Sony.

        The Vita could have been close to that, it has the power. Sony never used the TV Out port on the top to do anything. The PSP could play on the TV and the scaling was actually pretty good (if you didn’t mind letter-boxing). The Vita should have been even better. Sony was lazy. They promised the moon with the Vita and delivered a Xerox copy of a picture of the moon. That’s why I don’t trust them.

        They make an awesome product and lie about what they are doing to support it, then bail on it. I won’t fall for that again.

  • T.R.U.T.H.

    I don’t care. But, I cared enough to click the article. After the PS Vita, I don’t trust them.

    • Juner

      Cool story bro, tell it again! 🙂

      • T.R.U.T.H.

        This better not be a freaking sarcastic comment.

        • Juner

          Shame you have to hide your comments on disqus so you won’t be called out on your bs 😉

          • T.R.U.T.H.

            I don’t just say it on Disqus lol, Sony knows what they did!

          • Juner

            Says the guy with a obscure bait name 🙂

            Probably you might be a Nintendo fanboy nitpicking at the seams 😉

          • T.R.U.T.H.

            Lmao not even close, I don’t hate Nintendo though, I had an Advance SP. 😉

          • Juner

            Touche

  • Spencer Walker

    Easy sony just make a Nintendo switch but the kicker is its Also a phone basically a ps vita phone that can dock in

  • Bidwellz9 .

    need a vita 2, give me better specs, l2 r2, and im in, at 300 or less and can play my ps3 games…im sold before i see it

    • Spencer Walker

      Vita phone that can dock just like the switch would be cool.

    • goias verde

      I just want a more powerful vita,, with a bit bigger analogic sticks, no expensive memory sticks, some good exclusive games (god of war, last of us portable, bioshock )

  • VersVlees

    I got myself a FAT Vita this year. Yeah I know it is a dead console but I was looking a handheld to pass the time during commutes or broken shifts.
    I was planning to get 3DS however due to the moronic censorship of Tokyo Mirage and Fire Emblems I went for the Vita. (yes I know Vita games get their fair share of cyber sharia bullshit at the least it is region free) Furthermore, I mainly play Chinese cartoon games which are the only kind of games that get releases on the vita nowadays.

  • tajlund

    Lol, that mockup looks more like my Xiaomi X300 gaming tablet than something Sony made.

  • DizzyGear

    Now watch it turn out to be an tablet under Sony’s XPERIA line that happens to have a Playstation App.

    • Ahahaha… I didn’t even think of that. You’re probably right. That makes the most sense.

      They might have those controller add-on things just to gamify it a bit.

      • tajlund

        That would be a fair guess. I have a gaming tablet that is virtually identical to that mockup. It would make sense.

  • Disqusted

    Almost feels like there are more new consoles than games nowadays.

    Whenever I see/hear “PSP”, the first thing I think of is that stupid viral marketing crap they tried to pull a while back:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G0LlXv-nyI

  • LurkerJK

    That looks uncomfortable to carry around although the controllers seem better than the switch

  • Mr.Towel

    You went further than I did, as expected. You never disappoint, Billy. Pretty quick too.

    One more info that you might include in your article with a huge bottle of salt, and mind you, this info hasn’t been reported in anywhere else:

    8 days ago someone showed up on the Vita’s reddit claiming he knew people who were working on a PSP3, I’m quoting his full post.

    Hello to everybody
    I would like to say that this reddit account is based on sharing a few
    things about the new generation of portable Playstation, so I have to
    remain anonymous and I can not let Sony know who told me this
    information.
    But right now, although it may sound surprisingly incredible, according
    to my sources from one of the most famous indie studios, Sony prepares
    the successor to PS Vita.
    A few things these people told me:
    Hardware is currently called “PSP3″ codename
    The current devkit has a 5.2” HD display
    This devkit contains the Usb C connector on the underside
    The machine looks very similar to its predecessor but is larger and has
    improved analog sticks
    Currently, unfortunately I do not know what’s inside for HW indie studio
    did not provide me with this information
    The current device does not have a front or rear camera or a microphone
    The device has buttons R1, L1 but also R2, L2
    The device has an unexpectedly touch screen
    According to the indie studio the device probably will be introduced on
    the E3 2017
    I would like to add, that everything is just a rumor but my sources
    enough I believe because they risk broke NDA
    Unfortunately, this is all for today I will try to find more information
    in the future. And I’m sorry for my English I’m not from
    England,America 🙂 Thanks to all of you,

    He didn’t talk more than that and never showed up again.

    Now, this could very much be a troll considering how much of a easy target the Vita community can be.

    But there’s some things which can point otherwise. I don’t know if you noticed as well but the writing of this post, his grammar mistakes, syntax, expressions… they’re all screamingly japanese. For example, he starts his post with a “Hello to Everybody” which is a literal translation to a very common greeting used by the japanese, the infamous “Konichiwa Mina-san!”. It’s the same case with the expression “This is all for today”, @Disqusted can probably confirm that for you.

    So either this is a japanese troll or the guy is legit. I find hard to believe a western troll would be smart enough to put such subtle nuances in his trolling (on the other hand there have been people going through all the trouble of 3D printing NX patents just to mess with everyone, so I could be wrong).

    Personally, I also find hard to see Sony unveiling a new handheld at E3. Never happened, could always be a first time but it never happened. A press conference in January or December would be more likely. But if the Switch is pressuring them to show a remote play machine… who knows?

    • Interesting post. I wish there was some way to verify some of the data, because it’s almost the equivalent of quoting an anon from 4chan. That’s not to say that they haven’t broken some big stories over the years… it’s just that risk, ya know?

      But a lot of this stuff does seem to point toward a possible unveiling of some kind of new hardware at E3. Hopefully @Disgusted can chime in with his take on the post.

      • Mr.Towel

        Yeah, no problem, I understand. Wouldn’t be the first time someone trolled everyone through Reddit, many fake rumors about NX/Switch came from Reddit.

        That’s the best I have right now though. Other stuff is too iffy and unreliable. Friend of a friend of a friend stuff. People saying the hardware inside uses an x86 like the PS4. An AMD for notebooks, AMD FX 9800P. Very hard to believe. Even though AMDs are always on budget, that’s an expensive CPU for a handheld. And if the anonymous above is anything to be believed, they probably removed cameras and mic to keep the price down if they learned anything with the beating they always took from DS/3DS. L2 and R2 buttons points more of a focus on Remote Play than the smartphone design PS Vita was based on.

        Expectations are fermenting on japan too, some indie japanese games that were being developed for the Vita have been canceled, people are speculating they are being cancelled because of those PSP3 rumors. No point in developing for the Vita if another is coming out.

        On Japan, there is some demand for a successor. Some months ago, Nier: Automata director himself, Yoko Taro, went on Twitter to ask for a new handheld from Sony.

        https://twitter.com/yokotaro/status/843151792598786048

        “I want a Vita successor. While I feel a bit relieved since the Switch appeared, I’d like a slightly smaller next-generation portable game machine. I’d like to satisfy the desire that cannot be satisfied by smartphones, that don’t have physical buttons.””

        His twitter post is one of preoccupation because even on Japan there is a worry that handhelds will cease to exist because of smartphones. Taro himself seems to working be on a mobile game project right now.

        But that’s it, I don’t have much else.

        • Wow. Excellent detective skills, man. The tips you provided before were super useful, so thanks for that.

          As for the PSP3? It’s a toss-up. I don’t know if Sony would risk throwing more money into a market they’ve never been able to dominate. And more power doesn’t always equal better sales (e.g., Vita). But then again, if it’s something you can hook into your TV like a Switch, I don’t doubt that Sony would pursue that route. Axing mic and camera seems like a good way to cut costs while trying to edge out Nintendo on the power front.

          One thing I wonder about is software. Like, the Switch’s main selling point is being able to play AAA games and take them with you on the go. The Vita had a nice selection of games but many weren’t exactly the kind of games that demanded TV mode. There are a lot of variables afoot that makes it interesting, but… this is also the internet and as you mentioned about the Switch trolls, there are people who are seriously dedicated to the craft.

          • Mr.Towel

            I don’t think Sony is gunning for something like a Switch. They could but it would very stupid on their part. The Vita came with the same idea of being AAA handheld machine (Uncharted, Killzone) and that didn’t workout for them, they would be beating a dead horse again. On Switch it can work because it’s Nintendo’s main console right now, but for Sony the PS4 would eat most of the money resources for itself, it wouldn’t work apart from remote play.

            I think that if they truly are developing a new handheld machine, I think it will be a much lower key machine this time around, with meek promises right from the start, to avoid another Vita fiasco and avoid taking too many risks. They have to avoid the Vita’s bad stigma at all costs right now (as Nintendo smartly avoided the Wii U one) if they want to remain on the handheld market so I think they would try to play it safe.

            One of the names I saw thrown around as a supposed name in progress for the device (not codename, an actual name) was “PS Trinity”. Personally, sounds like your typical fanboyish bullshit, shouldn’t be trusted. But assuming for one moment that it is true, I think Trinity could be an allusion to its main functions as well as “third iteration”. I can see Sony transforming its handheld in some sort of controller companion device to its gaming services, something like the Wii U controller, but instead of being based around a tablet as was the Wii U controller it would be more akin to a phone rather than tablet, with a small 5 inches widescreen and decent grips and buttons on the side. So you could use as a more expensive PS4 controller, one that has an actual screen in its middle rather than just a useless touchpad. It could, don’t know, control the PS4 interface while on gaming on it. It would also work as a handheld device on its own if developers want to. And just throwing the ball out there, it could have some Remote Play for your PC by installing a PS App on your PC (Vita install its Vita CManager App to your PC for example), kinda like Nvidia Shield, but without requiring a Nvidia GPU and much more crude, similar to Remote PC Hacks people were doing on PS Vita’s early life.

            Handheld

            Remote PS4

            Remote PC

            “Holy trinity”, PS Trinity.

            The lack of camera and mic maybe are there to put its price on the range of a gimmicky video game controller (and forbids a smartphone design as was the Vita).

            Now, just let me stop drinking these Speculator Fanboyish Mushroom Tea Koolaid™.

            I also have no idea what they’ll try to do if they are truly doing anything. But if they have any brains left:

            They should avoid a “big deal reveal” at E3 because Vita’s stigma will carry on and people will just mock the hell of the device before it’s even released, it will be dead before arriving at the shores. It’s a lot of people watching E3. They can reveal at E3 but they need to be more lowkey about it. Present it as an accessory of some sorts, like the VR or Move, maybe even an “indie games” machine as the Vita has become, but not another “AAA Portable Machine”.

            They should keep the price really low, around 100 to 150 dollars with no proprietary bullshit. SD/Micro Cards and that’s it. And they should announce price right at its debut reveal because people aren’t trusting Sony on that front anymore, if they don’t announce the price right front the start, consumer bad trust will give birth to bad speculation which will hurt initial sales.

            But big companies are notoriously stupid, so… who knows? We have to wait and see come June 12 or late 2017/early 2018.

          • Mr.Towel

            I don’t think Sony is gunning for something like a Switch. They could but it would very stupid on their part. The Vita came with the same idea of being AAA handheld machine (Uncharted, Killzone) and that didn’t workout for them, they would be beating a dead horse again. On Switch it can work because it’s Nintendo’s main console right now, but for Sony the PS4 would eat most of the money resources for itself, it wouldn’t work apart from remote play.

            I think that if they truly are developing a new handheld machine, I think it will be a much lower key machine this time around, with meek promises right from the start, to avoid another Vita fiasco and avoid taking too many risks. They have to avoid the Vita’s bad stigma at all costs right now (as Nintendo smartly avoided the Wii U one) if they want to remain on the handheld market so I think they would try to play it safe.

            One of the names I saw thrown around as a supposed name in progress for the device (not codename, an actual name) was “PS Trinity”. Personally, sounds like your typical fanboyish bullshit, shouldn’t be trusted. But assuming for one moment that it is true, I think Trinity could be an allusion to its main functions as well as “third iteration”. I can see Sony transforming its handheld in some sort of controller companion device to its gaming services, something like the Wii U controller, but instead of being based around a tablet as was the Wii U controller it would be more akin to a phone rather than tablet, with a small 5 inches widescreen and decent grips and buttons on the side. So you could use as a more expensive PS4 controller, one that has an actual screen in its middle rather than just a useless touchpad. It could, don’t know, control the PS4 interface while on gaming on it. It would also work as a handheld device on its own if developers want to. And just throwing the ball out there, it could have some Remote Play for your PC by installing a PS App on your PC (Vita install its Vita CManager App to your PC for example), kinda like Nvidia Shield, but without requiring a Nvidia GPU and much more crude, similar to Remote PC Hacks people were doing on PS Vita’s early life.

            Handheld

            Remote PS4

            Remote PC

            “Holy trinity”, PS Trinity.

            The lack of camera and mic maybe are there to put its price on the range of a gimmicky video game controller (and forbids a smartphone design as was the Vita).

            Now, just let me stop drinking these Speculator Fanboyish Mushroom Tea Koolaid™.

            I also have no idea what they’ll try to do if they are truly doing anything. But if they have any brains left:

            They should avoid a “big deal reveal” at E3 because Vita’s stigma will carry on and people will just mock the hell of the device before it’s even released, it will be dead before arriving at the shores. It’s a lot of people watching E3. They can reveal at E3 but they need to be more lowkey about it. Present it as an accessory of some sorts, like the VR or Move, maybe even an “indie games” machine as the Vita has become, but not another “AAA Portable Machine”.

            They should keep the price really low, around 100 to 150 dollars with no proprietary bullshit. SD/Micro Cards and that’s it. And they should announce price right at its debut reveal because people aren’t trusting Sony on that front anymore, if they don’t announce the price right front the start, consumer bad trust will give birth to bad speculation which will hurt initial sales.

            But big companies are notoriously stupid, so… who knows? We have to wait and see come June 12 or late 2017/early 2018.

  • If Sony rips off the switch They will never live it down.

    • GodBowser

      When it was announced that they were leaving the hand held market I wondered if they might try again if Nintendo decides to release a successor to the 3DS

    • NeoTechni

      Nintendo ripped off Remote Play, and people acted like they invented it!

      • Bidwellz9 .

        nintendo cant even do remote play right

    • Bidwellz9 .

      well i for one will live it up, i hope to see it

  • mikebrand83

    Personally, I would be vaguely amused if they launched the Playstation 3 Portable, a portable (maybe even enhanced) version of the PS3 hardware, that has access to the PS3 digital catalogue as part of its arsenal.

    … Only to shoot themselves in the foot once again with requiring proprietary storage, instead of standard SD or MicroSD format.

    • tajlund

      I loved my PSP so much more once I bought an adapter that allowed me to use two Micro Sd cards in it.

  • RichardGristle

    People are going to have a lot of trepidation about purchasing another Sony handheld. What they need to do to quell people’s fears about them giving up on yet another piece of hardware that isn’t named “Playstation” is to have an absolutely killer launch lineup. Otherwise folks will look at it and 1) not see it as being supported, which is a death knell right out of the gate or 2) go the “I’ll get the inevitable Steam release” route.

    • Bidwellz9 .

      not me, i love vita, still buy games for it….sucks sony thought it wasnt viable but now with the success of the switch its a no brainer