Sony PSP 2 will be 3G, boast netbook and e-book functions

New PSP set to be the ultimate crossover device?

A WSJ report says a 3G Sony handheld is the next logical step

The Sony PSP Go, as you’ve probably read countless times, has had a bit of a tough time since launch. What with teething problems in going from the UMD format to games as data and the overwhelming competition from the iPhone app store, it was never going to be the handheld to se the world alight. Now that the Nintendo 3DS has snagged the 3D gaming angle first as its means of staying fresh, where can Sony go?

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The answer is: everywhere. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Sony is looking to build a PSP successor that borrows characteristics from a whole heap of other machines.

"Sony is developing a portable device that shares characteristics of handheld game machines, e-book readers and netbook computers,” says the piece, with NTT DoCoMo president Ryuji Yamada adding that "Videogame makers know that in order for portable game machines to take the next step forward, they need wireless communication."

If the report is to be believed, it would suggest a device that, while being a dedicated gaming machine, would also be connected both over 3G and WiFi to online stores, content providers and social networking sites. The mention of netbook-like qualities might also mean Sony’s next handheld would be capable of simple word processing or email functions over the cloud, while it’s likely to boast e-book reading capabilities and borrow heavily from mobile phone design to remain pocketable.

In short: an uber-device. We’ll keep you updated as and when we get more info…

Link: WSJ