French site 01net seems to have details that suggests that the next phase of PSP will be able to compete with Apple’s next generation iPad or iPhone. Via an anonymous source they were able to grab specs from a possible debug unit of the PSP 2. Now take this with a grain of salt, we still consider these to be rumors at The Koalition for now.
Screen: 5″ OLED multi-touch screen
Control: A Multi-touch trackpad (rumored to be on the rear of the unit), four face buttons, two shoulder buttons, two analog sticks, directional pad
Resolution: 960 x 544
CPU: Quad-core ARM Cortex A9
GPU: PowerVR SGX 543 MP4+
RAM: 1GB LPDDR2 in the Debug unit, with 512 MB possible in the retail unit
Storage: 16GB flash internal (like the PSP Go) and an SD slot
Connectivity: Wi-fi, 3G, and Bluetooth
Extras: Accelerometer, GPS, gyroscope, and two cameras: one front-facing and one rear-facing
So what makes these stats relevant to Apple? According to IndustryGamers.com these specs are on par with the rumored chips Apple will be using.
The interesting fact is when combined with another rumor, via AppleInsider, a new picture forms. The AppleInsider rumors, which come from sources that were correct about the chips powering the iPhone 4 and 3GS, say that the next iPad and iPhone devices will use nearly the same CPU & GPU combination as the PSP2. Apple will reportedly use the ARM Cortex A9 and the PowerVR SGX543 MP2, which is a dual-core solution of the same quad-core GPU rumored for the PSP2.
Doesn’t really mean much if Sony fails to attract independent developers to innovate and create on the platform. Do you think the next PSP can keep up with the rest of the mobile world?