There are increasing reports of development kits for Sony's talked-about new PlayStation Portable, which hasn't been officially announced yet, but is expected to appear next year.

Develop Online has a report that Sony is bombarding first- and third-party developers with the kits in order to hit the ground running with software when the handheld comes out. Unfortunately, the article does not shed any more light on the unit's features, which are rumored to include smart phone capabilities among other things.

Sony would be smart to try and open the development flood gates for this new PSP, as engaging software for the original unit was one of the few weaknesses to an otherwise attractive handheld.