Following yesterday's news that UK first and third-party developers already have PSP2 dev kit in-house, we made some phone calls. Looks like the Sony handheld will be coming to the public in six months.
Due to Sony's understandable non-disclosure policy to development teams in receipt of pre-release hardware, actually getting a developer to admit to having such thing in-house proved difficult. We were informed - under rules of strict anonymity however - by one dev that, "I won't say a thing mate. Absolutely nothing."
Seems cut and dried? Not when a "No, we definitely don't have any PSP2 kit" would have covered it.
We were also informed by a developer, asked if when they looked around their studio they could see a PSP2 device of any kind, "I can't tell you. I'll be able to tell you why I can't tell you in six months though."
Six months from now, March 2011. Just in time for the second biggest buying period in the West, and with enough time to avoid Xmas Kinect, but bumping smack bang into the launch of the 3DS