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. I’d still like to see the specs on the PSP phone before I make a final decision, but so far this look great.

    • They’ve been released already. 1ghtz processor, a tad faster than the in the Samsung Galaxy S and 512mb of RAM.

      Bearing in mind quad-core processors will be the norm for high-end phones by the time this NGP is out, it makes the Xperia Play seem a bit under powered

      No where near the specs of the Android phones coming out over the next quarter, I wonder if Sony gimped it back a bit so as to not compete with this

  2. Any chance that TSA would be doing a competition to win this when it comes out..and somehow i might…’accidently’ automatically win :)
    Seriously though this thing looks amazing, Maybe I’ll have money by that point.

  3. looks good to me really good.

  4. here’s a longer video…if it hasn’t already been posted.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GLG71IouR8&feature=feedf

  5. HELL YEAH !!! Looks awesome, cannot wait to find out the price and get this bad boy in my pocket !

  6. Well, that’s my Christmas sorted.

  7. This does look like they have been doing a bit of listening. As long as the price is right and there isn’t a load of ps3 ports I’ll be keen to get it.
    But like others have mentioned it is a different competition now. They don’t just have nintendo as a threat. When PSP launched it was the only handheld able to produce 3d ps2 like gaming on the go. And the 3rd party games were good compared to the DS. If people were out to buy a portable games console they oicked between Sony and nintendo. Now though, almost everyone has one in their pocket. A phone that can do good games specifically for on the move. A lot of the games are simple and quirky and because they are no more than £5 (usually) people buy on impulse. And although the New Gaming Platform has some great new features and is an entirely new console, although very similar looking, as oppose to the 3DS which could be seen as another iteration of DS with 3D thrown in, it doesn’t have a wow factor that it does something amazing that isn’t on the Market already. The touch pad does look good, and it looks like its rolled a lt of good features into one console, with touchscreen as well. I do hope they push it this time, and have some great games brewing ready to unleash at the end of the year!!

    • After seeing the Uncharted portable footage I do have a bit more confidence In NGP. If they can get a decent amount of PS exclusives that make use of all the features out for the launch or close to it, it may just be pretty damned awesome. Although I hope the Trophies are linked to our ps3 profiles?… And aren’t too hackable….

  8. Oh. My. God. A PS3 on the go! It’s amazing. I haven’t been this excited about anything since the PS3 and especially not any handheld device. I fucking want one.

    I love the ^[]XO pattern on the rear touch pad, and the joysticks that are like real joysticks!

    I can’t wait!!!!!

    • Δ□XO

      • I just keep thinking Trophies and “as good as a PS3.”

        I still am worried about the cost and see that Sony has really invented a nice piece of machinery again. Everytime they come out with something it’s always amazing to see and go YYYYYEESSSS! I WANT THAT!

        Thank you Sony for never stoping our gaming needs. :D

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