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Sony’s Next Generation Portable

Sony announced their new PlayStation Portable successor, the Next Generation Portable (NGP) and it looks fantastic. After the jump you will find everything you need to know about the great new unit!

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darthv722876d ago

this article doesnt tell me what I really want to know. The specs of the internal memory configuration. That is system RAM and internal storage.

When the PSP-1000 came out it had 32mb RAM and no internal storage. Using a MSPD was needed for game saves and dlc.

They revised it to make the PSP-2000 series (and later the 3000) and in doing so, they doubled the internal RAM to 64mb. Still needed a MSPD for saves and such.

Sony had the chance to double it again with the PSP Go but instead of making it with 128mb of RAM, they opted to keep the 64mb and in turn added 16gb of internal storage for saves and DLC.

I could only imagine that the power of the NGP will need an equal amount of RAM. At minimum I would say 512mb. That is equal to the current gen of HD consoles and even though it might seem like overkill, the NGP cpu/gpu could use it to benefit the games more efficiently than the console big brother.

I have read rumors that the NGP dev units have 1gb of RAM which would be killer. Still no word on internal storage. Perhaps they will go with 16gb. Seems like a nice round number.

El_Colombiano2875d ago (Edited 2875d ago )

I read that the games you buy will come on a propriety storage device that allows you to save all DLC and game saves on it. That and since downloadable games is what Sony is pushing alongside retail, the PSP2 will have at least 16GB of internal storage.

Speaking of RAM, Android phones are just coming to release with 1GB of the stuff. Seeing as these phones are also just releasing with dual core processors, Sony releasing the PSP2 with 1GB of RAM is not something I can not imagine.

darthv722875d ago

The thing with the phones is there is no specific designation of how the memory is used. The 1gb in an android is for internal storage and use for the OS. So when you dl an app it gets stored to that 1gb. The OS uses a portion of that to run. You can add more space by way of micro sd cards or whatever your phone takes.

To a gaming device, you have to have a split system. If they opt to not include internal flash memory for saves because the gaming media will be writable then...there is still the issue of actual system RAM that the unit uses for game data during play. Textures and what not.

I dont think there will be a medium as fast as RAM when it comes to reading and processing data. No game is played from the source, it is copied into RAM because it rides a faster bus direct to the cpu. Has been like this since cartridges.

peace4me2875d ago

The thing with the phones is there is no specific designation of how the memory is used. The 1gb in an android is for internal storage and use for the OS. So when you dl an app it gets stored to that 1gb. The OS uses a portion of that to run. You can add more space by way of micro sd cards or whatever your phone takes.

To a gaming device, you have to have a split system. If they opt to not include internal flash memory for saves because the gaming media will be writable then...there is still the issue of actual system RAM that the unit uses for game data during play. Textures and what not.

I dont think there will be a medium as fast as RAM when it comes to reading and processing data. No game is played from the source, it is copied into RAM because it rides a faster bus direct to the cpu. Has been like this since cartridges. #2.1.1 Agree(0

nevin12875d ago (Edited 2875d ago )

So with all this talk about NGP having 1GB of RAM, so are we looking at multitasking here?

anyway, Im glad the PSP2 will follow the PSP 1/3000 design, but due to the bigger screen, the D- Pad and the face buttons are much smaller.

also, personaly im not to happy with this new interface in place of the XMB. I really don't want to be forced to used touch screen controls for navigating through menus. I really find that process slow and unnecessary when I play with people'sphone and Ipods.

asmerith2875d ago

I agree, I like the XMB, and the touch screen will get enough filthy fingerprints on it as it is without needing to use it for all the menus.

Another thing I don't really like about it is the positioning of the speakers. If you look at the enlarged picture of the NGP, you can see the speakers would be blocked by your thumbs while playing. I hope they move them somewhere better in the final unit, unless they are using some kind of fancy goes-through-thumbs acoustics technology. Having said that, the whole unit looks sexy as hell, and I'll definitely be grabbing one on day one.

nevin12875d ago

I hope the sound quality is better than PSP was. The PSP was an average music player.