Yesterday Sony announced the NGP or Next Generation Portable (working title for the PSP2) at their press conference. No price was announced at the event but an estimated release at end of the year 2011 was announced.
The NGP will feature a 5″ OLED screen, front and read cameras, a read touch pad which supports multi-touch (capacitive). I am not sure what the rear touch pad is capable of but I am sure it will bring a whole new experience to gaming including controller customization etc. The front of the NGP is also full touch which will allow for more precise control of your games.
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.
Official specs from Sony below:
- CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
- GPU: SGX543MP4+
- External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
- 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）
Games for the NGP will come on a small flash memory card which will allow for much larger memory capacities than before. Sony will be able to offer downloadable content that you can download right to the memory card for each game. Also announced was LiveArea which is the NGP’s online service which will allow you to see your online friends, buy content, and other integrated social features.
Every game title for NGP will be provided with a space called “LiveArea™” 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.
We are not sure how much the new system will cost but I doubt it will be far from $300 the original PSP release price. More information will likely be revealed as the release later this year approaches. Check out the official trailer below as well. Full Press Release here.