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Sony PSP2: Introducing the Next Generation of Portable Gaming

At PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Japan a few moments ago, Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, SCEI, introduced the world to the newest addition to the PlayStation product family and the future of portable gaming: currently codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable). It will revolve around five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality. It will be compatible with the PlayStation Suite.

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Specs include a 5-inch OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution, dual analog sticks (not nubs as on the current generation), 3G, WiFi, GPS, front and rear touchpads, an electronic compass, and cameras on both the front and the rear. Oh, and the CPU is described as "the most advanced" in its class. Available this holiday season.

Games will come on "new media," not UMD anymore, but we're unclear on what sort of flash memory is being used. Sony's rather proud of the fact it's offering the world's first dual analog stick combo on a portable device, though we're more geeked about the quadrupling of pixel count from the original PSP.

Games being shown off at Sony's live event right now include Killzone, Resistance, Little Big Planet, and Uncharted -- with the latter serving as a demo platform to show off how the rear touchpad can be used to climb up some vines. That touch panel on the back is the same size as the front OLED display and is "mapped" directly to the game screen, which really should make it intuitive to use.

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SasanovaS19872006d ago

they didnt believe me when i said il be sitting on the bus, take out my portable and BAM, ps3

SasanovaS19872006d ago

ladies and gentelman, 3ds is old news.

Rumor2006d ago

$599 US Dollars XD had to do it!!

on the other hand. ps + android + uncharted + killzone = OH MY FUCCCING GOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!

LORD-PHOENIX2006d ago

backwards compatible plays psp games from the playstation suite

sony have pulled out all the stops

AWBrawler2006d ago

half of the "new" features are old news to DS owners, and we have to see that price. Also those are no more ps3 graphics than 3DS is 360

Soldierone2006d ago

As long as its not exclusive to AT T or tied to contracts, ill buy one.

LORD-PHOENIX2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

can i have a go of your nintendo handheld that has

two analog joysticks
3g
wifi
compass
powerful cpu
gyrosope
5inch oled screen
touchpad
that connects to mobile network

pretty please?

TheLastGuardian2006d ago

I am going to buy this device.

I_find_it_funny2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

nice slick black *whistle* *whistle*"

sh!t is nice
PSP2 is the bomb, is that true sh!t

/LMAO

Etseix2006d ago

this hyped me real bad ......

AWBrawler2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

@ phoenix

you do realise aside from the 3G 3DS does most of that right, and has augmented reality. I find it funny you call DS outdated, but this is stealing from DS

at below
I am saying 3DS has gyro, wifi, powerful cpu, and it has augmented reality.
my point is that they are kind of evenly matched. its too soon to call doom on 3DS, because it has the advantage as of now due to a headstart and the eventual games that appeal to the masses

LORD-PHOENIX2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

awbrawler

dont say it has EXPLAIN how the ds has because you sure have a different ds from the rest of us

im not bashing the 3ds its just that you chat poo

edit:about as evenly matched as a wii and ps3 ,i was set on getting a 3ds but psp2 has changed my mind,its a true gaming machine,two analog sticks,3g,uncharted and now call of duty has just been announced,graphically this destroys the 3ds, 3ds will no doubt sell well but psp2/ngs has just shitted on it spec wise from a very high height.

SiLeNt KNighT2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

Cant wait to get this! sad to say it looks a little ugly to me. i was expecting a little more design change. psp could use a new image anyways. an iphone4 or galaxy look would have been soooo much nicer. the more i look at it the more im disappointed, i sure hope they do some minor changes. if it gets just a few minor changes it would dramatically make it look better. i understand it will be awesome inside but i like my electronics like my women; sexy AND awesome on the inside!

its still too rounded. give it some edges! and wayyyy too much bezel. cut down on the outer rim. do those two things and it will quadruple what its already going to sell.

if cod crap ops, or whatever cod game comes to the psp2 is a decent game, i think it will make the psp2 dominate the 3ds. think about sales numbers of black ops...imagine when its advertised to the general public (tv/radio/etc) how many people will get a psp2 JUST for cod. i know its not the 'top' game nor should it sell units but it does, and think about a cod exclusive to a handhelds sales numbers.

the android announcements is pretty huge too. wonder if they are referring to anything other than the actual playstation phone?

Istanbull2006d ago

OMG OMG SONY keeps amazing!

morganfell2006d ago

Properly instituted, the NGP can decide the main console war this gen once and for all.

punkpop1012006d ago

WTF are you smoking where did it say about ps3 graphics or anything about the ps3?

LoVeRSaMa2006d ago

Apparently its quad cored.

'The ARM Cortex-A9 processor delivers exceptional capabilities for less power than consumed by high performance compute platforms, including
Unrivalled performance with 2GHz typical operation with the TSMC 40G hard macro implementation'

FML!

Firebird3602006d ago

@awbrawler, the video is not to good but are you kidding me?? From what we saw it looked exactly like uncharted on ps3!

Ju2006d ago

3DS who? Are you kidding me? The 3DS has nothing on this. I am not even talking about the specs.

But that intro with the hopping ball - you guys saw that video - is totally cutting into Nintendo's market! Man, the game play is innovative with 2 layer touch. You can grab that ball and shoot it at the target by squeezing it with two fingers.

Or the climbing in the Uncharted demo. He used the fingers on the back to climb up the rope.

No, the only thing the 3DS has is 3D which you have to switch off half the time because it makes you sick.

There are so many more innovative ideas in the NGP that Sony rolled over Nintendo big time with that thing. I didn't expect this. But they actually showed games which use their ideas already.

All that with 960x540 half-1080 resolution; which BTW is higher than what the Wii delivers.

GTFO with the 3DS and this copied from it. Ninti blew it. This one is the gadget to look forward to.

Not even a next gen Apple device can beat it. Quad core? If we are lucky, Apples next ipad has dual cores...

RBLAZE19882005d ago

Dude wow i'm impressed. They're hoping to make ps3 and ngp (psp2) games at the same time so let's say you play uncharted or metal gear solid on ps3...save your game to the ps cloud and continue it on the NGP...That is revolutionary!!! This is rediculous and as long as it comes in at 250-300 bucks it's going to sell like shit cakes...

Honestly the 3ds really has nothing on the psp2 (NGP)

touch screen, analog sticks, motion controls, rear touch pads, 3G, GPS, Live area...the list goes on but this is pretty insane for a mobile gaming device. A mobile PS3!!

darthawesome902005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

Love the dual micro analogs, screen, PSP2 doesn't look visually mindblowing but I'm not complaing (I intend to watch movies and game not put it on display).

Absolutely love the return of flash based videogames and the ability to play many PS3 games. Versus XIII anyone?

The only minor gripe I have is the placement of the dual analog sticks. I believe the buttons and the anolog sticks should switch places to make it more ergonomic. Day 1 buy if it's under $300...hopefully $250.

vulcanproject2005d ago

Its faster than Wii, easily LOL its quite difficult to comprehend that this will be considerably more powerful than a current home console system but it is by some way.

Price wise everyone should realise that this should not be more expensive than 3DS...Also if it launches with a 28nm chipset then its battery life will be significantly better than 3DS.

iforgotmylogin2005d ago

pff,

just 2 analog sticks
high resolution screen
and a quad core cpu?

everything else has been done

and the touch gaming looks dumb in the uncharted demo.

Nintendo will win again

if u thought the 3DS battery life sucked imagine this.

im gonna be the rational nintendo fan here to burst all the bubbles. when the 3DS was announced the sony guy was there doing the same.

400$ minimum and we know how wise sony is with pricing.

darthawesome902005d ago

I'm going to absolutely love the PS3 ports and the PS3 like graphics.

For those that say that the PSP2 isn't as graphically impressive as the PS3, I agree but remember that the PS3 has been out for years. It looks on par with early PS3 games and I forsee the PSP2 matching the PS3 within a year or two once developers get used to the hardware.

Lastly all of the jaggies, lighting, etc. from demos and vids were made be devs within only 3 weeks to 3 months....will get better with time.

Pixelated_Army2005d ago

Damn now I'm going to have to carry two devices, iPhone and PSP2. lol I think I'll be able to carry both. : )

--Onilink--2005d ago

Well i looks really cool, and with great features, not so sure about the touchpads.... cant imagine many great features coming from that, i see it wearing out easily. As for the hole 3DS is doomed.... how is anything from what we are seeing diferent that the 1st PSP, lots of titles and then support faded, great graphics (at the time near PS2 level) and then people stopped caring about graphics... Its going to take a whole lot more than just pure specs to take over Nintendo's dominance in the handheld market. And i have to agree with the people that say there is not much diference between the 3DS and NGP, many features are the same, and as for processing power, just look at the Resident Evil games to see the 3DS has great graphics too, not to mention IT HAS TO RENDER EVERYTHING TWICE, any game without 3D could look almost as good as uncharted portable, im sure of it. What seems to be the biggest selling point for me is 3G but we'll have to see how they handle it.

Anyway, stop being haters and just be smart for once, SAVE SOME MONEY AND BUY BOTH

darthv722005d ago

that sucker is HUGE!!!!

Like they split a ds controller and put a screen in between the halves. I was really thinking they were going to have a nice small portable but this is good.

It will be like playing my sega nomad only with touch and dual analog.

sikbeta2005d ago

The Most Epic portable gaming device ever created, NGP is THAT Awesome!...

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ALFAxD_CENTAURO2005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

Sorry for 3DS, was planning to buy it.

NGP is a better a choice for the Core Gamer, better Line up, and better Technology, better Connectivity and Online, didn't know Sony will raise the bar like this.

Kors2006d ago

The PSP2 - she is beautiful :)

jony_dols2006d ago

At first glance I thought it has a lil ugly. But on close inspection she is abeauty!

srmiller2006d ago

Gran Turismo Portable 2

meetajhu2006d ago

Uncharted PSP2 demo is now live! ANd killzone OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG sony sony love you love you to the core!!!!!!!!

jony_dols2006d ago

Rephrase: Sony loves and appreciates the core

Masterchef20072006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

the playstation brand is for core gamers. Unlike the other console that is focusing on the casuals (no i am not going to say which ones) Just my opinion

Ravage272006d ago

couldn't have said it better. Sony might lose a chunk of the market due to the price of the insane tech, but this is really the best news for hardcore gamers.

This is exactly what i like about Sony :)

HolyOrangeCows2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

"5-inch OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution, dual analog sticks (not nubs as on the current generation), 3G, WiFi, GPS, front and rear touchpads, an electronic compass, and cameras on both the front and the rear"

Wait.....NOT nubs? HOL-LEH-FREAKING-LU-YA.

"Uncharted PSP2 demo is now live! ANd killzone"
WAHT?! Where are you watching this?! I must.......urgh!! I must see gameplay1!!

joydestroy2006d ago (Edited 2006d ago )

omg they're bringing Uncharted and Killzone to it. they're headed in the right direction. awesome.

and what a killer device the PSP2 is.
i'd like to know what kinda cpu/gpu they have in it.

zomg i'm getting one lol

socomnick2006d ago

wonder how much it costs, ill find out tomorrow going to go to sleep, looks expensive if its 500-600 dollars its gonna flop.

nycredude2006d ago

Flop it's way into my hands that is.

UnwanteDreamz2006d ago

LMAO I can almost hear you bitterly praying it will flop. Let it go man.

jony_dols2006d ago

$600?!?
You would have to be mentally retarded to even come up with an as high price.
Sony learned their lessons from the PS3.
I'd say they'll sell at a loss for the first 18 months and sell at 349.....It would be their most sensible option.

Joni-Ice2006d ago

Socomnick is PISSED. LOL. Night Night Nicky!

colombiankilla012006d ago

@socomnick If thats you in that pic, let me tell you... you are some ugly MOFO!lol

Ju2005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

Price is irrelevant.

Moto-Xoom: Tegra2, $699. PSP2 (Quad, twice as fast) < $699.

Not a gadget for every one, but on everybody's wishlist.

BTW: Sony will also release Playstation Suite, the virtual Playstation for all (!) Android devices. Only PSP2 will play mobile UC!

Halochampian2005d ago

its gonna cost a lot. There is no denying that.

Sadly I still want the 3ds and this! Soo much money!

CoLD FiRE2005d ago

This is a comment I wrote in an article about mobile gaming:

"Mobile gaming lacks a proper device that has two PHYSICAL analog sticks to lure me in."

I was interested in the 3DS and now Nintendo lost a customer. ^_^

Even if it costs $500-600 it's still a better deal than smart phones which range from $500-1000 and it will play games much much much better than them not to mention that it will have REAL games.

N4g_null2005d ago

It's going to be a little more than an iPad. $499.00 to $829.00 sounds about right maybe a contract situation. That may stop piracy. This is the marvall chip and this thing is going to be super hot.

Earlier setups where 4ghz. Looks like they are trying to hit ds level play times.

It's hard to say what market this is going to be in with such a huge price and tech and possible contract. This reminds me of the game gear all over again.

It's weird but it goes up against the iPhone better than the 3ds which will easily get a price drop when needed. The dual analog is going to be a pain also. Watch, for it at your local store.

Same approach same results.

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Shang-Long2006d ago

i hope the go drops too 50 bucks now

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hetz152006d ago

can't wait for E3 for sure. And Kojima said a new project. new MGS :)

just_looken2006d ago

i think we can all sing this :)
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

caint wait for this handheld

BkaY2006d ago

one word

"goosefukinbumps"

ohh and three more

"day fukin one"

peace

lil Titan2006d ago

correction Sony PSP2: IS the Next Generation of Portable Gaming. just a minor flaw

egidem2006d ago

Simply put, NGP = Nintendo Got Pwned

DragonKnight2005d ago

Lol, nice. Don't let the Nintendo fanboys hear you or they'll grab their Master Swords, Fire flowers, and Beam Cannons and come after you.

egidem2005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

@DragonKnight

Let them come with their stuff, I have Kratos from God of War and he will frack them up really good.

harrisk9542006d ago

The announcement of the cross-platform Android development is a MAJOR win for Google and Android. This is going to totally change the landscape in terms of what Apple is offering with the iPhone. And with MS trying to get a foothold in the mobile phone market with its new operating system, this is going to make it much more difficult for them. Apps, specifically mobile gaming, is a big factor driving the smart phone market.

And it now totally explains the new "Playstation Phone" that we have been hearing about. It is Sony Ericcson's Android phone optimized for these cross-platform titles.

HungPHATx2006d ago

OMG is right ! Day one with out question ! Only a Technolagy/Hardware company can make cutting edge devices like this . another kick to Microsofts balls , Kevin butler says PEW PEW PEW

the_best_player2006d ago

can't wait till psp2 gets hacked :D

jrbeerman112006d ago

hacking killed the first psp. Heres hoping that they at least stop the software modding of this system.

if they can prevent that, maybe a chip comes out for the super educated soldering mod chip users so they can do what they want, without game sales slipping like they did with first psp.

DragonKnight2005d ago

Too cheap to buy games eh the_lamest_troll?

homer2006d ago

NGP=Nintendo Gets Pwnd