Sony Announces Next Generation Portable (NGP) Game System
Over in Tokyo on Thursday, Sony announced the next-generation PSP system, which they are calling Next Generation Portable (NGP) System. It’s expected near the end of 2011. Four cores of processing goodness, 5” OLED display, and 3G capability. Sounds like fun!
From the press release, here are some details on features:
- Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display
- Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
- Dual analog sticks
- Two cameras (front and rear)
- Software titles on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards
- Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
- Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
- PlayStation Network access, including ““LiveArea™”, “Near” and “Activity” log features Trophy Support
- NGP will be able to play PSP titles, minis, PS one classics, video and comics from the PlayStation Store.
It looks similar to the old PSP, but very polished:
I am intrigued by the touch pad on the back. And of course with two analog sticks, FPS games should be more interesting! I may need to retire my Slim and upgrade!
|CPU||ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)|
|External Dimensions||Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)|
|5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
|Rear touch pad||Multi touch pad (capacitive type)|
|Cameras||Front camera, Rear camera|
|Sound||Built-in stereo speakers
|Sensors||Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass|
Wi-Fi location service support
|Keys / Switches||PS button
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
Right stick, Left stick
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
|Wireless communications||Mobile network connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR （A2DP/AVRCP/HSP）
Software Franchises shown or talked about at PlayStation Meeting 2011 (titles are not final):
- Call of Duty
- Little Deviants
- Hot Shots Golf
- Reality Fighters
- Gravity Daze
- Smart As
- Hustle Kings
They also announced an initiative to bring PlayStation gaming to Android-based systems. Here is what they had to say about this development:
Also announced this evening was PlayStation Suite, an entirely new initiative from PlayStation that will provide fans with the opportunity to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system for the first time in PlayStation history. PlayStation Suite will work with Android based, “PlayStation Certified” portable devices – including mobile phones, smart-phones, and tablet PCs – to offer “PlayStation quality” content to users worldwide. In addition to providing a selection of PS one Classics, we are also working with developers to create new and exciting content that will be available on both PlayStation Certified devices and the new NGP when it comes to market.
Pricing and release date are still to be determined. So what do you think? Is this interesting enough to get you to bite, or are you waiting for the Nintendo 3DS?
Head on over to http://us.playstation.com for more details.
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