Yesterday?s news that the PSTwo is on the way was something many had been expecting for quite some time. However, Sony has still not made an official statement alluding to what is, at this stage, just a rumour. But Ken Kutaragi, the undisputed king of all things Playstation, is expected to speak in Tokyo next Tuesday. If something exciting is going to be announced, that would be the likely time to do it.
So far, industry speculation has isolated some surprisingly specific features expected to be included in the PSTwo. We must emphasise that none of these details have been officially confirmed (apart from the fact that Sony has the PSTwo copyright), but they do make for some interesting reading nonetheless: and due to where they have been sourced, they do carry an element of credibility.
The Hollywood Reporter, fuelled by P.J. McNealy?s analytical observations, has opted to guess at an October 26th release date: specifically on the grounds that this would allow for a GTA San Andreas bundle, which would effectively be a Sony-satisfying poke in the eye to Microsoft, if they were planning any Halo 2 Xbox package. Especially if Sony's $149.9 price point is to be believed. The same analysts believe that the PSTwo will be 30% smaller than its current counterpart: which, in the lack of any material evidence, seems to be a perfectly reasonable guess.
The esteemed Germanic game watchers at Gamefront have also made a few intriguing suggestions. They have apparently received word from a Japanese firm partnering Sony for the launch of the PSTwo. According to these reports, the PSTwo will use an external power pack, but won?t be compatible with the broadband adapter. Presumably, the adapter will have been built in (in place of the power pack) rather than sacrificing the online options altogether. This same report has indicated that the PSTwo will have a similar design to an existing Sony DVD player (DVP-F41MS) and will be available in silver or blue. Contrary to the US-sourced rumours, however, it?s been suggested that the first PSTwo bundle will come packaged with Gran Turismo 4, rather than the next GTA title.
Only time (or Ken Kuturagi) will tell, but if the late October prediction is true, an official announcement will surely be forthcoming shortly.