PSP2 blowout: All the info on Sony’s Next Generation Portable

PSP2-NGP12 - playwisegaming.comSony officially announced the successor to the PlayStation Portable at a Japanese press conference today. The device, which is codenamed Next Generation Portable or NGP, has no official release date other than holiday 2011 and no set price point.

However, there are plenty of other details including the hardware specifications, a new interface and several games.

Full Hardware Specifications

  • CPU
  • ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)

  • GPU
  • SGX543MP4+

  • External Dimensions
  • Approx. 182mm x 18mm x 83mm

  • Front screen
  • 5 in (16:9), 960 x 544 resolution
    Approx. 16 million colors
    OLED Multi-touch screen

  • Touch pad
  • Rear multi-touch pad

  • Cameras
  • Front camera, Rear camera

  • Sound
  • Built-in stereo speakers
    built-in microphone

  • Sensors
  • Six-axis motion sensing system
    Three-axis electronic compass
    Built-in GPS
    Wi-Fi location service support

  • Buttons
  • PS button
    Power button
    Directional buttons
    Action buttons
    Shoulder buttons
    Right stick, Left stick
    START button
    SELECT button
    Volume buttons

  • Wireless Communications
  • Mobile network connectivity (3G)
    IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)
    Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

Confirmed NGP videogames

  • Call of Duty
  • Broken
  • Gravity Daze
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • Hustle Kings
  • Killzone
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Little Deviants
  • Reality Fighters
  • Resistance
  • Smart As
  • Uncharted
  • WipEout

Developers and publishers

  • 2K Games
  • Activision
  • Capcom
  • Epic
  • Grasshopper
  • IREM
  • Konami
  • Level 5
  • Namco Bandai
  • Rockstar
  • SEGA
  • Square Enix
  • Tecmo Koei
  • Ubisoft

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The controls:

The NGP no longer uses the analog “nub” from the PSP but instead features two full analog sticks. According to IGN reporter Ryan Clements, “The layout of the sticks felt fantastic and controlling Drake in Uncharted was just like using a DualShock.”

The device also has a front-facing touch screen and an additional touch pad on the back for multi-touch functionality. The touch pad on the back can be used to manipulate games without obstructing the player’s view.

For example, hills can be created in the game world of “Little Deviants”  by pressing on the back touch pad. Depending on the pressure and direction of the touch, the hill forms differently.

The usual d-pad and “X,” “O,” “∆,” and “□” buttons make a valiant return.

The connectivity:

Not only will the device have Wi-Fi, but it will have 3G as well. This will allow player’s to access the Internet and play cooperatively or competitively over a mobile network while away from the standard Wi-Fi connection.

It has also been revealed that there will be two different models of the PSP, one with the 3G capabilities and one without. Though unconfirmed, this would seem to indicate a higher price point for the 3G-enabled models without having to pay a monthly subscription fee, similar to the Kindle sales model.








The graphics:

Sony said during the conference that, other than the polygonal count, the NGP closely rivals the graphical capabilities of the PlayStation 3. The screenshots of “Uncharted” running on the device seem to prove this claim.

These portable polygons will be displayed on the NGP’s 5-inch OLED screen at a resolution of 960×544.

The look:

The NGP keeps the signature look of the PSP and is, in fact, slightly larger than the PSP-3000. The screen and body of the new portable are covered in the same glossy finish that garners the old model, and a metal strip outlines the perimeter of the device.

The interface has also received an upgrade, doing away with the XrossMediaBar that has been in every Sony gaming device since 2005. The new interface, titled LiveArea, is comprised of circular icons and takes advantage of the device’s new touch functionality.

The sensors:

The NGP now has a built-in GPS, front-facing camera, back-facing camera and PlayStation-3-controller-inspired six-axis motion sensors.

The community:

The aptly named “Near” application will tell players who’s gaming around them and what games are being played the most. It will also have the ability to map out where you’ve been playing and broadcast that to friends.

The games:

Along with Sony, several third-party developers and publishers have been announced as working on upcoming titles for the NGP. Some of the developers have confirmed what games they’re working on while others have merely said that they have something in the works.

Rather than the UMD, games will be sold on flash memory cartridges. Any previous PSP games players have downloaded from the PlayStation Network will also be playable on the device.

Gamespot is one of the few news outlets to catch “Uncharted” in action. Check it out below.

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