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PSP2 Announced (NGP), Coming This Holiday

Posted by DEVIL on January 27, 2011 at 3:18 PM

 

The much-anticipated PSP2 is not going to be called a PSP2 at all. Instead, it'll be codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable) and it's coming this holiday season in Japan. Sony's unveiling tonight in Japan produced a ton of details, so come with me on a magical journey/bulleted list:

 

  • Revolves around five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality
  • 5" OLED touchscreen
  • 960 x 544 resolution (four times more than the PSP); graphics will rival PS3
  • Dual analog sticks (not nubs!)
  • 3G
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Rear-mounted touchpad (directly under the front screen, and the same size, too)
  • Accelerometer/gyroscope (same tech as in PlayStation Move)
  • Electronic compass
  • GPS
  • Front- and rear-facing cameras
  • UMD format being abandoned; games will be on flash-based "new media" (looks a bit like a DS cartridge, but no specific name yet)
  • Compatible with PlayStation Suite (basically the Android phone PSN)
  • New user interface called LiveArea, featuring cross-game social networking
  • Trophies
  • First handful of game demos: Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, Killzone, Resistance, Little Deviants

 

That all sounds super cool, no? Here are the official tech specs from Sony, and check out the pile of NGP images in the gallery below (sorry about some of the engadget watermarks):

  • CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU: SGX543MP4+
  • External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Screen: 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
  • Touchscreen: Multi-touch screen (capacitive type)
  • Rear touchpad: 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 and left sticks; Start button; Select button; volume buttons (+/-)
  • Wireless communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G); IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode); Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

 

There's only one question that remains: can Sony's NGP compete with the 3DS? We won't have to wait long to find out.

 

For more PSP2 photos or as it is called NGP (Next Generation Portable) click below:

PSP2 (NPG) Photos

Categories: PSP (Playstation Portable), Sony, Playstation News

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