Official PSP2 (NGP) Fact Sheet – TheSixthAxis

Official PSP2 (NGP) Fact Sheet

Sony’s just fired us over the full fact sheet for the PSP2, which is dubbed NGP as you’ll know from our write-up earlier this morning.  Fact sheets aren’t normally something we cover here on TheSixthAxis, but we’ll grab the best bits and make sure you’re fully up to speed, quoting ad verbatim where appropriate.

Release Date: NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011.

Connectivity: By having both Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity, together with various applications, NGP will enable infinite possibilities for users to “encounter,” “connect,” “discover,” “share” and “play” with friends wherever they are.  Within the device are a range of features that provide a genuinely cutting-edge, next generation ultimate portable entertainment experience.

Screen: NGP incorporates a beautiful multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display.  A high-performance CPU / GPU combined with OLED enables rich, visually striking graphics never seen before on a portable entertainment system, for both games and other digital entertainment content.  The new system also incorporates a unique multi-touch pad on the rear, and together with the front touch display, NGP offers new game play allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” moves of the fingers.

Design: While succeeding the basic design philosophy of PSP, NGP adopts the Super Oval Design form factor, created to fit comfortably in users’ hands.  For the first time, a portable entertainment system will feature two analog sticks, which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience.

LiveArea: Every game title for NGP will be provided with a space called “LiveAreaTM” where users can share the fun and excitement with other players.  Users will have access to the latest information of games provided from SCE and 3rd party developers and publishers through PlayStation®Network.  Additionally, NGP users will be able to view an “Activity” log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users.

Near: SCE will also provide location-based services on NGP as part of the basic features utilizing PlayStation Network.  The new application called “Near,” developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing now or what they were playing recently.  Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across different dimensions of time and distance.

New Game Medium: NGP adopts a new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for NGP software titles.  Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data directly on to the card. By adopting flash memory based card, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich and immersive games.

Cameras: NGP will also come equipped with two cameras on its front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass, all of which are designed to enable users to enjoy the world of entertainment that is linked with real life experiences.

PlayStation Suite: PlayStation Suite (PS Suite), announced today, will also closely coordinate with NGP.  The newly developed and released game content for AndroidT based portable devices can also be enjoyed on NGP.  As a result, users will have access to not only the most leading-edge content, but also some of the more casual experiences that typify the mobile market place.

And those all-important figures?

  • CPU: ARM® CortexTM-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU:SGX543MP4+
  • External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth)
  • 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

Beastly.

73 Comments

  1. Everything I wanted from the PSP2 or NGP… Dual sticks and Memory Card physical media. Sounds like it will be everything it is made out to be. Let’s just hope the price to match all those lovely features isn’t through the roof!

    • My second thought after reading this (the first being wow!) was how expensive it is going to be. Battery will be a problem as well I bet.

      • battery is always a problem for portable devices,the more you add the stronger the battery is needed,i want to know if it will be able to play music at the same time as playing a game,if anybody knows pls respond.

  2. Is it just me, or are the Analog sticks still crazily tiny? Or am i struggling to get to grips with the size of the device…

    • It’s not so much so that they are still small that bothers me but that they are still so low down on the cosole, it’s the position of the analogue stick on the PSP 1000-3000 that makes it so hard to use efficiently. I’d have liked to see the position of the sticks and buttons inverted really.

      • The look like they will tilt instead of slide though, which is better, and sit slighlt proud of the surface so you get a bit of leverage on the bad boys.

  3. All looks amazing, no sign of a price yet though. On Engadget they are reporting it will be available “This holiday season”, so is that Christmas or is there a US holiday season before that?

    • That’s Christmas. I think it’s holiday season there cos thanksgiving is around the same time, kinda.

      • Ok dokey, that is what I expected… just hoping there was a holiday season sooner! Lol

      • And also ‘Holiday season’ is non faith specific, so is more PC to use.

      • Holiday Season also cover anywhere from late October to December.

      • Perhaps it means July Fortnight as is popular around Leicestershire and maybe elsewhere ;)

  4. Can you also make phonecalls with it? xD

  5. Guessing that’s no to a hdd then? So we’ll have to install PSP1 games on this new medium?

    I’ve also rethought my position on the touchscreen. As long as I can play big titles with the sticks and buttons, I’m cool :)

  6. Amazing. I can’t think of anything else that I would possibly want to add to it. If the process is right, day one purchase for me.

    The only thing worrying me slightly is the battery. It’s going to need one bell of a battery in there to power all of that stuff for longer than an hour or so, surely.

    • Not even 4 shoulder buttons instead of 2?

      • Have you considered that the rear touchpad can be used as (emulated) shoulder buttons?

  7. I feel like I have learnt a lot and nothing at all

  8. finally a handheld with two thumbsticks, huzzah!!!

    • and trophies, woop!!!

      • Where does it say about Trophies?

      • Yeah, I’m pretty sure I read a tweet from PlayStation saying there would be trophies :3

      • Trophy support has also been confirmed, and a new UI called ‘LiveArea’ has been talked about.

      • Citizen you’ve can’t comment via a second reply. You’re message is too long and it makes your comment info go all outta whack (you jive turkey).

      • But how else does the priest get punched? *feigns genuine worry*

      • didn’t anyone notice the big icon shaped like a trophy, saying trophies on the picture or was that just me

  9. I can already tell that this is going to be some epic tec. However the only thing Is the touch screens, I think they may be hard to get used to.

  10. nice, bluetooth always come sin handy for things.

    Also, loving the idea of storing DLC and game saves on the game media, as surely this will leave more space for storing music and videos etc.

    Though I have noticed there is absolutely nothing mentioning either built in flash memory or a memory card slot???

    Also, im guessing it s taken as a given that the battery will be non replaceable

    • The memory card bit is described in the New Game Medium section

      • ok, wasnt sure if that was going ot be it or if that would just be a medium for games, like the UMD was. Surely you can have a game card in your psp at the same time as a second memory card holding your music??

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