Not only does Sony's Next Generation Portable offer a powerful processing unit capable of dishing out graphics like those on the PS3, but it also has several features that enable more fluid socialization among its users. Getting rid of its familiar XMB interface, Sony is implementing a new user interface called Live Area that gives you an easier way to launch old features such as Trophies, Game Launch, and Photos. You will also be able to manage your friend lists and message friends with a few simple taps.
A new addition is the Near feature that lets your NGP track where you are and also where you've been. With its 3G and GPS capabilities, Near will also be used in conjunction with many games to enable a more interactive and social gaming experience. You can use Near anytime to find out if friends or strangers are playing the same game, join their games, or even download games on the spot if you don't happen to have it.