The PSP2 might not officially be unveiled, but that has not stopped Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai from speculating on the immersion aspects that touch screens provide.
Speaking with the New York Times, Hirai talked up touch screens, stating that they would be the key to competing in a world owned by Nintendo and Apple.
“Depending on the game, there are ones where you can play perfectly well with a touch panel,” Hirai explained. ”But you can definitely play immersive games better with physical buttons and pads. I think there could be games where you’re able to use both in combination.”
Still though, Hirai sees the 3DS and the iPhone as an opportunity, rather than a threat. “We’re seeing people who never had an interest in games join the gaming population,” he said. “That means that the gaming industry pie is getting bigger.”
He added, “The games being played on Android and Apple platforms are fundamentally different from the world of immersive games that Sony Computer Entertainment, and PlayStation aims for.”
Regardless, the PSP2 remains a non-existent item as Sony has yet to actually announce the device. The discussion with Hirai all but confirmed the existence of the device and the PlayStation Phone, however, possibly even laid credence to the leaked pictures earlier this year. Hirai doesn’t want Sony’s customers to be confused with the products though.
”We don’t want gamers to be asking, what’s the difference between that and a PSP,” he said. ”We have to come up with a message that users will understand. It would have to be a product that keeps the PlayStation’s strengths intact.”