Sony announced it’s new handheld earlier today during the PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Tokyo which has been codenamed ‘Next Generation Portable’ (NGP) Despite the very Japanese name the NGP is looking to improve on what fans of the PSP have been looking for, along with some impressive tech. Which include:
- Two analog sticks.
- Bulit in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS radio and even 3G.
- A multitouch touchpad on both the front and back of the machine.
- A Front and Rear facing camera.
- The three-axis accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope motion sensors which is used in the PlayStation Move.
A full list of features will be shown below.
Along with this, Sony showed us live demo’s of Uncharted, Hot Shots Golf, Dynasty Warriors and a port of Lost Planet 2. The PlayStation Blog also listed other titles in the works such as, Killzone, Call of Duty, Resistance, LittleBigPlanet and WipEout. There is also a mobile gaming support with such games as EPIC’s Dungeon Defender and PlayStation Suite which works as a cross-platform framework for Android, NGP and products certified by Sony, which means Sony are looking to also tackle the mobile market.
Games will not come on Disc and will be on flash memory cartridges that will hold not only the games but the saves and add on content. There has been no word on battery life or price and has been set to release this Winter. Whenever or not this also means outside of Japan is still to be announced.
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)
(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
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
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）