A hot little rumor coming out of Spain, where “Ronaldomania” is running wild, suggests that Sony is indeed working on the PSP2. Such a system would have graphical capabilities more or less on par with the original Xbox.
The GPU of the system, so goes the rumor, is being handled by the same people who make the iPhone’s, Imagination Technologies. It’ll be able to support OpenGL 2.0 and Direct X 10. (Consider: you couldn’t buy a GPU that supported DX10 for less than $8 million only a few years ago.)
And while this is all well and good, the fancy graphical capabilities, I don’t think the lack of fancy graphics was/is the PSP’s problem. It’s, perhaps, the real lack of compelling games on the system that didn’t do it any favors. Why buy Silent Hill or GTA when you know it’s going to be ported to the PS2 in just a few months? Or vice-versa? Why play God of War: Chains of Olympus when you already have God of War and God of War II on your PS2, which is hooked up to your 40-inch LCD?
But, again, it’s merely a rumor, so don’t get too bent out of shape.