Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sony Announces It's PSP Successor The Next Generation Portable (NGP)

Today in Tokyo, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced the successor to the company's PlayStation Portable gaming system the new Next Generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP). NGP is set to make its debut at the end of the 2011 and  as of right now there aren't many details available but here’s everything we know right now.

Next Generation Portable: Front
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Key NGP 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.

NGP Technical Specs:

  • CPU ARM Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU SGX543MP4+
  • Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Screen (Touch screen) 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
  • Built-in microphone
  • Sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
  • Location Built-in GPS
  • Wi-Fi location service support
  • Keys / Switches
      PS button
      Power 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)

Sony hasn't given a list of all the games that are for the NGP but has confirmed that a slew of its biggest franchises are in development. Here is a list of games that are confirmed or were shown:
  • Broken--Sony
  • Call of Duty--Activision
  • Dungeon Defenders--Epic Games
  • Dynasty Warriors--Koei
  • Gravity Daze--Sony
  • Hot Shots Golf--Sony
  • Hustle Kings--Sony
  • Killzone--Sony
  • Little Big Planet--Sony
  • Little Deviants--Sony
  • Lost Planet--Capcom
  • Metal Gear Solid--Konami
  • Monster Hunter 3rd--Capcom
  • Reality Fighters--Sony
  • Resistance--Sony
  • Smart As--Sony
  • Uncharted--Sony
  • Wipeout--Sony
  • Yakuza--Sega

Other details such as exact release date, price, and more will be announced in due course. We’ll keep you updated.

Update, the official video and site for the press release are out. More details can be found here.

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