PSP2 Is Real, 'Pretty Powerful' And In Developers' Hands

Posted September 16, 2010 by M.H. Williams

In an PAX 2010 interview about the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot, Executive Producer Shaun Himmerick let slip the existence of a PSP2 development unit at Netherrealm Studios.

IndustryGamers asked about the possibility of a version of Mortal Kombat on the current PSP or the upcoming 3DS, and Himmerick replied:

“We’re not launching day one on all consoles like that. We are looking at them; we have a PSP2 in the house and we’re looking at the engine, like what can it support. Always a big thing for us is the performance. We’re running at 60 fps, what can we do and do we have to build all the art assets over. We’re definitely looking at them. PSP2 looks like it’s a pretty powerful machine. We don’t have a 3DS system in house yet, but we’re looking to get one, and we’ll certainly look at what its power is.”

So Netherrealm has a PSP2 system, but not a 3DS? How far along is the system and possible launch titles? Previous rumors have pegged the PSP2 as a 2011 hardware launch, but Sony has remained mum on their next portable system, choosing instead to focus on the current generation PSP. What are they hiding in PlayStationland?

The rest of the interview with Shaun Himmerick about Mortal Kombat’s return to form will be posted soon.

M.H. Williams has been writing in some form or another for ten years and has been a hardcore gamer since the NES first graced American shores.  You can catch him on Twitter as @AutomaticZen, Google+ as himself, or on his personal Facebook page.


Danzell InthaSky Adams
September 16, 2010

i knew lied once again saying that the psp2 will not be made for another 10 years and yet here it is closer then we ever thought...

September 16, 2010

The question is, what's the point of it? Will it just be a "better" PSP, like faster, higher rez, that sort of thing, but mostly the same basic idea? Will it be in 3D like the DS? Sony is sure big on 3D in the TV/PS3 area. Will it have a touch screen? Maybe multi-touch like the iPod? What will the pricepoint be? It sounds like they learned their lesson on the PSPGo, so they're less likely to make "PSP, only more expensive" again, hopefully this will be a real innovation.

Maži Puhi
September 17, 2010

Quite understandable that they don't have the 3DS kit - and after this leak, I'm pretty sure they won't get one very soon either.

September 17, 2010

Who cares?

David Radd
September 17, 2010

If rumors are true, it has a touchscreen on the underside; Sony has also expressed doubts about 3D on a portable, but that doesn't mean they won't go back on that.

September 17, 2010

A butt-touchscreen won't cut it, they'll need to bring much more than that.

Steven Martinez
September 18, 2010

Hope they improve the speakers (make them louder ), And add a radio and Flash capability to their Browser.

September 18, 2010

Maybe he's confused. Maybe he thought the 3DS is a PSP2. I mean Playstationland would not admit nor hint about the existence of a PSP2. So, why would this 3rd party guy even talk about it. I think he's confused. There is no PSP2 and what he has got is a 3DS. Look at Capcom, they have their SF on the 3DS not a PSP2 because the PSP2 is not as real as a rumor.

Jesse Shin Ikawa
September 26, 2010

I don't give a shit about fucking 3D.
All I want is a portable PS2 or Gamecube. 3DS looks like it will only handle N64 graphics, just like DS so hopefully I can finally enjoy my PS2 favorites on the go with PSP2.

Keiji Takahashi
October 1, 2010


Well, what do you think after seeing Resident Evil and MGS on the 3DS? and after all those gameplays from the other games??! Basically, 3DS is more powerful than the Wii and almost got it with the gamecube with Three Deee.. What more could a psp2 have? But yeah.. I wanna see the PSP2 beat the PC graphics! :DD

October 11, 2010

Your mom has a touchscreen on the underside.

Lazy Izy
October 20, 2010

@かわしろ にとり

3DS is not more powerful than a Wii 0.o. and whats with all you 3D hypes recently?