Sony Announces Next Generation Portable

PSP 2 - Front

Sony has received mixed opinions on its PlayStation Portable, but that hasn’t kept them out of the running. In a strategically timed press conference, about one week after Nintendo had their huge 3DS reveal, Sony showed off what they are calling Next Generation Portable, or NGP. With a new user interface and dual analog sticks combined with some impressively powerful mobile hardware, they stand a chance to take the portable gaming market away from Nintendo.

PSP 2 - Back

Here is a breakdown of the information released by Sony:

  • 5 inch OLED capacitive touch screen
  • 5 inch rear multi-input touch pad
  • ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core) CPU
  • Front and rear facing cameras
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Sixaxis motion sensors
  • Wifi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
  • 3G data connection
  • Onboard flash memory
  • Dual analog sticks
  • Games with Trophies
  • Graphics “Comparable to PS3”
  • Built-in GPS
  • Cartridge based games

Some supporting developers:  Sega, Konami, Epic, Activision, Sega, Capcom, Ubisoft, Rockstar, Namco Bandi, Square Enix, 2k Games, Level 5

Discussed Franchises: Uncharted, Resistance, Little Big Planet, Monster Hunter, Wipeout, Lost Planet, Monkey Ball, Yakuza, Dynasty Warriors, Metal Gear, Call of Duty

Sony talked about developers being able to transition easily from PS3 development to NGP and invited representatives from Konami, Epic, Capcom, and Activision onstage to talk about the types of games to expect. Some developers used this time to show off a quickly created tech demo showing of the graphical capabilities of the NGP. No price was given but Sony did say to expect it out in time for holiday season of this year.

Source: [Sony]

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