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    Sony handheld to take on Nintendo DS and Smartphones

    (Reuters) - Sony Corp is set to launch a head-on challenge to Nintendo Co Ltd and Apple Inc with a new handheld game device that analysts widely expect to be unveiled at an event in Tokyo on Thursday.

    The consumer electronics giant has declined to comment on the agenda for the event, which comes the same day Nintendo is expected to report a slide in quarterly profit. Nintendo next month launches its 3D version of its popular DS model.

    With smartphones and tablets eating into the market for portable gaming devices, Sony and Nintendo desperately need a blockbuster product to boost sales and profit.

    Nintendo's DS sold nearly 136 million units up to last September. Sony's PSP has sold some 61 million.

    Sony's new offering will include a touch panel and 3G wireless connectivity, the first in a portable games device, Japan's Nikkei business daily said this week. It added the 3G set-up would be for data, not calls.

    Blog reports say the device will be as powerful as the PlayStation 3 home console.

    "What's important from our point of view is how many they can sell," said Mizuho Investors Securities analyst Nobuo Kurahashi. "A lot depends on the software titles they offer."

    He noted an apparent change of emphasis among games companies. "The Nintendo 3DS seems to be shifting into the area of serious games that cannot be played on a smartphone."

    The next-generation PSP may be closely related to a PlayStation phone that may be in the works.

    If not announced this week, the PlayStation phone could be unveiled on February 13 at a Sony Ericsson event in Barcelona.

    Nintendo is expected to report a near-40 percent drop in profits for October-December as sales of its DS and compatible software fade ahead of the 3D launch.

    Sony is next week expected to post a profit fall for the October-December quarter, hit by its struggling TV business.
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    So how long before GEOHOT cracks that one!!!! LOL


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    We'll see how long this one survives. The PSP didn't really make it, haha. (same story with Wii)

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    It probably will be secured and updated as much as the PS3 though.
    Well it did not take them long for the PSP and who knows!!!!

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    I wonder what the cost will be.

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    When is Sony going to give up Their handhelds (PSP( suck. They know they dont have a chance against the 3ds.

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    You're comparing two different generations of handhelds, Richard.

    Edit: never mind, you're speaking of historical comparisons, LOL.

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    You're comparing two different generations of handhelds
    With PSP, I meant past and future releases. PSP 1000 to PSP 2 or whatever they'll call it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardsito View Post
    When is Sony going to give up Their handhelds (PSP( suck. They know they dont have a chance against the 3ds.
    What's wrong with the PSP, besides everytime I get a new game I gotta find a new hack to get it working. I like my PSP and think it's a better machine than any of the DS's I have. NES emulator rocks on a PSP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardsito View Post
    With PSP, I meant past and future releases. PSP 1000 to PSP 2 or whatever they'll call it.
    Ah, the realtime curse --- you missed the edit, LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stomp_442

    What's wrong with the PSP, besides everytime I get a new game I gotta find a new hack to get it working. I like my PSP and think it's a better machine than any of the DS's I have. NES emulator rocks on a PSP.
    The emulators were the only thing I liked about it and sone other homebrew. But I just dnot like the games that get released for it.

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