Sony Computer Entertainment's Kazuo Hirai has ninja'd some hints at what may be in store for the next generation PlayStation Portable.
While rumours have been spreading like wildfire, complete with leaked low resolution images, the PlayStation boss was still shy of officially announcing anything regarding the PSP2. He did, however, suggest that both touch and conventional controls will be integral to its design.
"Depending on the game, there are ones where you can play perfectly well with a touch panel," he said. "But you can definitely play immersive games better with physical buttons and pads. I think there could be games where you're able to use both in combination."
Hirai admits that the casual market cannot be underestimated as the iPhone and Android audience have exploded exponentially in recent years.
Even so, Hirai assures gamers that Sony will continue to support and appeal to those who appreciate a deeper experience.
"The games being played on Android and Apple platforms are fundamentally different from the world of immersive games that Sony Computer Entertainment, and PlayStation, aims for," he said.
In fact, Hirai believes the casual market is a good thing for Sony as it means a bigger "pie" for the electronics giant.
Source: The New York Times