Sony Announces Its ‘Next Generation Portable’

Sony has officially revealed the successor to the PSP, and it’s codenamed ‘NGP’. The device’s spec list reads like a techhead’s dream, with two cameras, a 5 inch OLED touchscreen (boasting 4x the resolution of the PSP), twin thumbsticks, a front and rear camera, Sixaxis motion control, 3G, WiFi and GPS, front and rear touchpads and an electronic compass. It will use flash based media, as we already hinted at a while back.

Games shown so far include Hot Shots Golf, Gravity Daze, Killzone, Reality Fighters, Smart As, Broken, LBP, Little Deviants, WipEout, Resistance, and Uncharted, and apparently look just as good as their PS3 counterparts.

Trophy support has also been confirmed, and a new UI called ‘LiveArea’ has been talked about.   The LiveArea UI is what Sony are calling the ‘gateway to the games’. and will include the ability to launch the game, jump straight to the Store for that game (for DLC, etc) and communicate with others playing the game, and see what they’re up to.

You can even comment on what they’re doing, such as when they get a good score, or hit other milestones.

Kaz Hirai was understandably proud of the NGP, which is still just a temporary name for what everyone will be calling the PSP2, but the specs are indeed impressive – but it’s the control options that’ll really wow audiences – the Uncharted demo offered a variety of inputs, including tapping the X button or the touch screen to jump.

Capcom, Sega, Tecmo Koei, Konami, Epic, and Activision are all supporting the new console, with Capcom showing Monster Hunter 3rd and Lost Planet 2. Tecmo showed off a demo of a touch-screen powered Musou, and Hideo Kojima showed off a realtime cut-scene of Metal Gear Solid 4, massively trumping the 3DS’s MGS3 demo.

“On NGP, we can enjoy the same quality as PS3,” he said. “What I’d like to realise is playing on your PS3, and when you go out, you put the game on your NGP, and when you come back home, you can once again use your PS3 and large screen TV.” We’re told to watch E3 for more on that.

Then, Epic showed off a realtime Epic Citadel-esque flythrough, and then Dungeon Defenders, which was apparently ported from PS3 to NGP in “about a week”, and Activision’s Philip Earl just said three words: “Call of Duty.” This could be huge.

It has also been confirmed that you can play downloadable PSP titles on the NGP.

Finally, Sony confirmed that it’ll be pushing PlayStation branded content to Android phones and other devices, you can read more about this aspect of the presentation here in a separate post.

We’ll be reporting on everything NGP throughout today, but for now here’s the official Fact Sheet.

117 Comments

  1. It looks so good, but I’m scared about the price…
    Don’t forget Near, that looks great!
    And… TROPHIES!!!

  2. Gnhg. I was in a secret and very selfish way hoping that this would be shit. Sadly my worst fears have come true and it sounds utterly immense. My bank account might (will) hate me.

  3. Cant wait

    • this is gonna be one hell of a year

  4. Anyone know anything about the launch price yet?

    • Nothing has been spotted yet, there is a good bit left to go I think so who knows whats gonna happen

    • Just wondering becuase if this come out at a price similar to the 3DS, I’m deffinately getting it.

      • I think it needs to be around the 3DS price mark or no-one will buy it… People will have to decide if they want a 3D gaming gadget or a PS3 in their Pocket. If the NGP is £100 more expensive – people won’t go for it,.

  5. OH HELL YES! :D

  6. Its real, beutfiful and i need it right now!

    thank god this event is going on now, ive been waiting 5 hours for my mother to come back but this will tide me over.

  7. Damnit, now I want one… I wonder how they will handle the 3G. Will there be carrier bound contracts with monthly fees? I wonder how much this thing will be. Price it aggressively close to the 3DS and Nintendo could end up with some real trouble.

    • One wrong price and the 3DS could steal all the sales. Hoepfully they wont make that mistake.

  8. …That both looks and sounds awesome, LBP? Killzone? Uncharted!? Damn. Will probably have to get this instead of a 3DS then, hard to decide…Too much awesomeness coming out in 2011!

  9. Wawaweewa. Just hope it’s priced correctly. Could seriously consider buying this.

  10. No price was announced, although that’s hardly surprising at this stage.

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