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Say Hello To Sony's Next-Gen Portable

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At a press event in Tokyo Sony has just pulled back the curtain on its next generation portable device, not-so-cleverly codenamed the NGP. From a quick glance, you might even think it's just a regular old PSP. But that would have to be a very, very quick glance, because there's a very important difference staring you right in the face. Right in the face, as in the right side of the system where there is now a second analog stick. And both sticks are actual sticks this time, protruding from the system slightly compared to the PSP's flush analog nub.

But that's just the beginning. The NGP sports a spiff-tacular 5-inch OLED screen, I'm sorry, OLED touch-screen. Then on the back of the system is matching 5-inch touch pad. Both of these can be used for control in menus, apps, and games for some interesting possibilities. One example shown by Sony was touching the same spot on both the front and back panels to pinch and pick up an on-screen object. I have doubts about how comfortable the NGP will be to hold while using both the touch screen and back touch panel, but it could lead to some unique gameplay. And just to throw every control method possible into the NGP, the device will also use the same gyroscopic sensors that are in the Playstation Move to allow tilt control.

But controls aren't the only thing that has changed on the NGP, so click after the jump to read what else is in store for the new system.

In addition to the new control methods, the NGP will have both front and back cameras, a microphone, built-in GPS, bluetooth, 3G, and Wi-Fi.

Now here's a little bit of news that might upset current PSP owners. The NGP won't use UMD, instead using new flash cart cartridges that look almost identical to a Nintendo DS game. Sony has said that the NGP will be able to play downloadable PSP games, though no internal storage nor memory stick slot are mentioned in the initial tech specs for the system.

The NGP is said to rival the PS3 as far as graphics, which I actually laughed when I first heard it. But then Sony brought out the demonstrations for games like Uncharted, and I must say that it's pretty darn close.

Of course, the most important details are the ones that are still missing. Namely, when can we actually play the NGP and whether we'll have to sell both or only one kidney to afford it. Sony has said more details will be revealed at E3, so June can't come soon enough. In the mean time, admire the gallery below of this sexy new handheld.

NGP head on.jpg NGP menu.jpg NGP rear end.jpg NGP angle.jpg NGP another angle.jpg NGP back grips.jpg NGP back.jpg NGP top.jpg NGP yet another angle.jpg

9 Comments

Tmusik said:

I wanted to be the first to post in
the forums >:

but that's okay, it certainly a great design

You know I was really expecting Sony to try and disrupt the 3DS' release by being sprouting glasses-less 3D screens too. Call me genuinely shocked...

Other than that it doesn't sound like anything spectacular to me, just a 'Super PSP', nothing original. The price [haha] and launch line-up will determine its fate at market against the 3DS [I predict second place already].

Let the show begin though! :P

Since they have already announced an Uncharted game on the new NGP, I am going ahead and say that I do want this!

Rosa said:

No backwards compat with PSP? Brutal. That's going to hurt. I have at least one friend who was only going to buy it for that, since she could never afford a PSP and it seems too late in the cycle, now.

Ah, well.

Bearfamily said:

After getting stung with my PSPGO! purchase? F**k off Sony. Fool me once.

jayoshi said:

I see this costing a fortune. I'll stick with my PS3. Sure, Uncharted is making me want to buy this but I'm sure they will port that to the PS3. They did that with a bunch of PSP games to PS2. I would rather spend my money on a 3DS.

Mark said:

I'm really looking forward to this. The way they used the device to look around in the first person mode in their golf demo sounded really awesome. I'd also be willing to bet that they'll use the camera/gyroscopic sensor to do 3D like in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wnB0AjHZkk

Plus, didn't the devs say that it was incredibly easy to port PS3 games to the NGP? If that's true (and the demoes during the demonstration certainly back it up), then there could be a ton of games available for this system without developers having to put much effort into it, essentially guaranteeing that dev support should be high.

Ann said:

I already see the same problem I'm having with the old PSP: it's not a bad handheld, but there is not much software that's interesting for me.

Anyways @ screens: the NPG (PSP2) sure got good screens, but you have to remember Nintendo is using a different one because of the 3D without glasses. I bet they could have used a better screen, but the 3DS would be also more expansive if they did.

Touchscreen on front (and back) is a bit underwhelming. It was predictable. The thing on the back seems a bit off to me. How am I supposed to play without doing something accidentally when my fingers are touching the back during playing a game? Do I have to brace my fingers all the time? XD It will be interesting to see how they wanna use that one...

Another big issue (for me): it's not downwardly compatible with UMDs. I know, you don't have to stick with everything, but Nintendos region lock is Sonys downward compatibility >__

I do think the price will be VERY high, just like the one from PS3 when it was released *lol*


Anyways, I guess I just found THE argument for an instant buy at release: I can play games with a morning wood. Thanks for the touchpad!!! XD

Ray said:

So....not looking forward to this.
I have both a PSP 300 and a DSLITE and in comparing both, NINTENDO just does it for me. The only game i can say i played for hours on end is PATAPON series and God Of War on PSP 300.....so screw sony the economy is to bad for me to spend money on a hand-held i will rarely use.

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