The pre-E3 rumour mill goes portable console crazy

   18/05/2010 at 11:49       Phil May       7 COMMENTS.
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 - Nintendo 3DS, Sony Playstation Portable 2, 3DS, PSP2, Rumour Mill

The web is on fire with the possibility that we will see not one, but two new portable consoles at this year's E3.

After leaked screenshots showed the inner workings of Nintendo's new 3DS, mumbles have also surfaced about Sony's new PSP.

The 3DS expands on the stylus / touch screen of the original Nintendo DS, slapping a widescreen display and an analogue thumb nub onto the package in addition. Anti piracy measures will be built into the machine from day one after sales of R4 and similar cartridges caused a gigantic downturn in global DS game sales.

Meanwhile in the Sony camp, the PSP-2 is rumoured to have a quad core processor, dedicated graphics processing chips as powerful as the current generation of under-the-telly consoles, a HD quality screen and a dual-analogue control layout very similar to Sony's successful Dual Shock. Several UK game studios have been twittering about their work on PSP 2 games ready for the console's release in Spring 2011.

Of course, the likelihood of a grain of truth to any of this is slim at best, but don't be surprised if last year's E3 was "the year of motion control" and this year is all about the pocket-game.

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