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Ask PSP Fanboy: Volume 29

Ask PSP Fanboy is back with an all new edition. Every weekend, PSP Fanboy will answer your burning questions. If you have a question for the team, send an e-mail to andrew @ with the subject "Ask PSP Fanboy."

Q: Why doesn't PSP Fanboy make a mobile friendly version of their website/blog/news for consumption on the PSP?
A: We actually do have a mobile version of the site (one of the first Joystiq sites to have one, actually!). Simply visit from your PSP browser.

Q: Why are so many RSS feeds no longer working?
A: Many RSS feeds are starting to use high resolution video, 640x480, that the PSP currently doesn't support. Hopefully, Sony will further remove the restrictions on video playback, because we know PSP is capable of handling video of resolutions up to 720x480.

Q: With pre-orders for the new PSP Slim being high, do you see more (and/or better) PSP-exclusive games coming out in the future?
A: If the PSP redesign takes off as much as the DS Lite did, then yes, we'll see more exclusives hit the system. However, the DS Lite was a significant change compared to the original -- one that's easily noticeable at first glance. The PSP redesign is a lot more subtle.

Q: If Blu-Ray wins the war, could we see Blu-Ray UMD's (which would no doubt hold more) being played by a next-gen, Blu-Ray reading PSP?
A: There already are mini Blu-ray discs in production. We may see a Blu-ray based PSP in the future ... but imagine something more than 5 years down the line. Until then, Blu-ray (especially in such a portable form) will still be too expensive to put in a handheld gaming machine. Unless Sony wants to shock everyone AGAIN with a ridiculously high price point.

Q: I was wondering if the upcoming release of the "slim" psp could be a sign that something even better is on the horizon. Similar to how Sony released a slim version of both the PS1 and PS2 before the next gen console came out. Could this be a sign that PSP2 will be coming soon too? Just wanted to hear what your thoughts are.
A: Nope. Sony will obviously release a successor to PSP in the future, but expect PSP to have a very long life cycle. There's no reason for Sony to make a more technologically advanced system in the immediate future because there is no competition to worry about. The Nintendo DS is still the best selling handheld, and clearly making a more powerful system will not earn them better sales.

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