PSP 2.0 by Jeric Rodriguez

Before the Playstation Portable (PSP) phenomenon, Nintendo DS was the unchallenged king of the hand held gaming console segment. The DS continues to be the hottest portable console in terms of sales; however, Sony’s PSP has managed to become the best selling non-Nintendo portable console and an able challenger to the DS. One reason for the PSP’s success is its ability to be more than just a gaming console and allow users to experience a complete media experience with the device being able to carry songs, videos, and documents. Sony announced the 2.0 version of the Playstation Portable titled PSP Go in 2009. Gamers and gadget freaks waited with bated breath for its release. The PSP Go released last year to a lukewarm response from both, the consumers and critics alike.

Product designer Jeric Rodriguez is an avid PSP fan and decided to do something to make the PSP Go a little more alluring to users. The very first thing the Dubai-based designer has done is alter the body frame of the Go. Like the first version, PSP Go features a rectangular body with curved edges. The body frame of the Go is smaller and a lot lighter than the PSP.

The smaller and lighter body frame has somewhat turned off die-hard PSP fans from the Go. Jeric decided to reframe the body and give it a tablet PC cum iPhone 4 aesthetic.

PSP Go features a 3.8-inch LCD screen with a resolution of a 480 x 272 resolution. Jeric’s prototype, titled PSP 2.0, will feature a widescreen 4.3-inch screen with high definition resolution. PSP 2.0 breaks away from the traditional curved body frame and has a sleek rectangular shape that is high on form and beauty.

Apart from an alluring body design, the PSP 2.0 features mouth-watering hardware and software changes as well. The PSP 2.0 is not just a portable gaming device; it is a complete mobile solution. Jeric Rodriguez has installed a 5.0 megapixel camera that would allow users to take pictures and display it back in high resolution. Moving on from the camera, the PSP 2.0 would also allow users to communicate with one another through a calling functionality called the Phone Mode.

With an impressive body design and new age features, the PSP 2.0 could very well become the hand held console of the future. The designer hopes that Sony would give some serious thought to redesigning the Go and launch it again.

I am sure, by now, you must be thinking what’s stopping the manufacturers from developing one. Don’t worry!  Every good thing calls for a little patience. Till then, take a look at Joseph Dumary’s Consoler HD2, PSP Bugatti Veyron Edition and PSP 3000.