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.

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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.

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117 Comments

  1. They’re gonna have COD on it!
    They showed MGS4 running on it!
    They gonna get my money DAMN

  2. “A demo for Uncharted Portable was demonstrated by Shuhei Yoshida. Yoshida was able to control Drake through the touch pad and the NGP’s integrated Sixaxis.” cool

    from http://gamersyndrome.com/2011/psp/psp2-revealed/ – it has video but not of the game…

  3. This is precisely what I wanted from a PSP2, and I’m glad to hear we will be getting some Triple A treatment in the forms of the Killzone, Uncharted and Resistance on release. Most interesting is the semi-PSN feature; finally, trophies for a handheld!

  4. troooooooophies :-)

  5. Twin thumbsticks secured a purchase from me (at some point).

    Maybe I should go charge up the old 1st gen PSP and have a wee go at something before it looks dated forever.

  6. It looks amazing, but I dislike the emphasis on social integration. However, if the price is right I’m sold.

    • Yeah, it looks a lot better than the ‘leaked’ pictures a few days ago.
      I’m not bothered about the social integration.

  7. It is a thing of beauty. This may well tempt me off the 3DS.

  8. I wouldn’t have called the service “LiveArea”. Immediately conjurs up images of the XBOX…

  9. Post updated with everything so far. We’ll be back during the day with the rest.

  10. Looks beautiful… and has it got enough features! The only question is whether or not it will be wildly expensive!

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