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Sony’s still pimping the original PSP in commercials, despite it being half a decade old, so it seems like a successor should be coming soon. We thought it might’ve been announced at E3, but that didn’t happen. So we were surprised to hear that at this year’s Gamescom Conference in Germany, lots of rumors have been popping up that the PSP2 will have touchscreen controls on its back. It makes sense if you think about it — they would make for a more comfortable holding experience, and offer different touch gameplay than smartphones. I’m betting we’ll see something by the end of the year, to be released in 2011. Oh, and just in case you’re wondering — that image is an old artists’s concept, don’t get too excited.

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Chris Gullo