Is Sony working on a PSP Touch?

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With the PlayStation Portable Go! set to release this Thursday, October 1st, it leaves the question in mind of, “What’s next?” We’ve all witnessed the evolution of Nintendo’s hand held devices from the original brick model back in the late 1980’s to the GameBoy Advance to the new Nintendo DSi. However, Sony has been running on the same technology and device for the last half-decade. Are there any plans to finally move on to the next generation of PlayStation Portable? If so, is a new touch technology in place for this upgrade?

In all honesty, it only makes sense that Sony would eventually go with some sort of touch device for the next device in the PSP lineup. Nintendo’s rival hand held offers touch interactivity and with the iPod gaining further game development support for its iPod Touch, it seems as if it’s a no brainer. Of course, all of this is purely speculation, but with Sony’s recent decision to file a patent for a “TouchEngine,” it makes this possibility even closer to a reality.

On September 24th, Sony filed a patent through its head corporation for a TouchEngine. While there is very little details as to why the company has filed the patent, it’s worth noting that it is odd that the patent was filed through its headquarters and not Sony Computer Entertainment America. Of course, this patent could be for an upcoming cell phone or any other electronic device. However, the patent’s filing does specify that the touch technology could/would be used for video games.

We’ve contacted Sony’s Kevin Butler, Director of Rumor Confirmation, in order to find out more possible information about the TouchEngine and the company’s plans to utilize it.


Readers Comments (5)

  1. Probably, Sony did patent something like this and some of them a pending perhaps, I’m not sure probably most/all of them have been accepted, Sony are planning something, they’ve patented Facial, Smile and Emotion Detection in gaming, they’ve also patented backwards compatibility emulation patches a few weeks ago as a rumour probably for the PS2 once its life cycle ends and not just that but it improves it towards a HD 1080p quality and now this, Sony’s definitely up to something very clever against either Microsoft or Nintendo for sure, I bet it’s Microsoft, they’ve been against Sony from the start!

  2. TouchEngine eh? Sounds a lot like the rest of their “Engines” the create for gaming.

  3. I hope not i hate the PSP to suck like Apples crap. The PSP is fine the way it is now.

  4. I would love to hear Kevin Butler’s reply! Good information, University!

  5. i hope this is going to be the screen for the PSP2! If the other report is true….the PSP2 will truly be a portable beast!

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