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. Want. That is all.

  2. If this is going to have an equivalent of a PS3/XBOX360 Call of Duty, this thing might just be selling like hot cakes.

  3. They’ve given pretty much what the gaming community has asked for in the next portable console from playstation in terms of hardware, I just hope they can get all the un-hardware related things right as well.

    I think we can expect this to be pretty expensive when it releases, that OLED screen alone would of bumped the price up. The software also needs to priced right, somewhere between current PSP prices and the higher priced games on the app store. Current PSP game prices put me off and it wouldn’t be fair asking for app store prices when the games are of much higher quality and costly in terms of development.

    I don’t know if I’ll be taking the plunge when it does release, I don’t want to be carrying around my phone, iPod(unless the PSP can do everything my iPod can) and a PSP. But then it might be worth lugging all of that kit around if I can play Killzone on the go :)

    Any word on the battery life yet?

  4. Sony PSP2 needs to take a leaf out of Nintendo’s DS tree, make fun educational and addictive games that kids like, thats where Nin make their money…

    • Are kids gonna be able to afford this?! Maybe they will, I expect we’ll find out in autumn.

    • Yes and no, Nintendo already do a good job at providing the type of game you mention above. Sony would have to do a lot of work to win over the dedicated Nintendo community. I think Sony are better off sticking to “hard-core” portable games where there is a hole and demand in the market.

      • Nintendo have nailed the fun, innovative, education & addictive games. With the 3DS they’ve added stuff like Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Zelda and stuff, so they’re well placed to not only capitalise on the mobile game reputation but also break new ground with more ‘core’ games.

    • Right. And where what that leave us? You wanna play crap like Nintendogs? Pokemon?

      Give Nintendo the kids and leave us the good stuff.

      • Are you shitting me? If there’s any one game that shifts consoles, it’s pokemon. I don’t care much for most Nintendo console games but if pokemon came to NGP it’d be incredible! It won’t, of course. But my point still stands.

      • Pokemon Soul Silver is the reason I want a DS or 3DS.
        Simple as.
        Uncharted in my pocket is probably the reason I won’t, however.

  5. I think the dimensions are muddled up. Guessing it’s not 8cm deep and only 2cm high!

    • Yeah, I think it should be ‘width x depth x height’, not ‘width x height x depth’.

  6. Two thumbsticks, trophies, Uncharted and beastly graphics! I need this..

  7. Waking up to this has already made my day.

  8. That is quite impressive. If it has a decent battery life and a good line up then i will get it. Will it be BC with PSP1 games?

    • Says so on the first article :)

    • Yup, you can download PSP & PSOnce Classics. Of course there’s nothing you can do with your UMD collection.

      • In that case i really hope that sony will get every PSP1 game on the store for a reasonable price.

  9. I think this is going to cost a bomb if you think what the 3ds is offering.

  10. Damn you sony. Now i want/need one.

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