Rumors have been flying around the web over the past couple weeks related to a “secret” meeting Sony would be holding in Tokyo, Japan on January 27, 2011. Today is the day and the rumors have been confirmed as Sony has revealed the successor to the PlayStation Portable, the Next Generation Portable (NGP). Before I reveal the detailed specs chart for the upcoming gaming handheld device, I will highlight the main additions to this hot on the press device.
To bring online gaming to a whole new level, the NGP will will feature not only built-in Wi-Fi, but also 3G integration allowing you to experience online gaming everywhere just like a smartphone. On top of the networking features of the device, the NGP will feature a five inch OLED front multi-touch display giving gamers a visually amazing screen to enjoy their handheld games on. On top of the multi-touch display, Sony’s upcoming gaming handheld will feature a multi-touch pad on the rear of the unit allowing gamers to become heavily engaged within the experience. In addition to the multi-touch display and pad, the NGP will feature the highly anticipated addition of another analog stick bringing a dual analog stick experience to Sony’s upcoming device. Lastly, as expected, the PlayStation Network will play a huge role in the upcoming handheld and will offer NGP-exclusive services.
On top of the announcement of the new hardware, Sony revealed PlayStation Suite, an Android-based operating system, will offer “PlayStation quality” content to “PlayStation Certified” devices such as Sony’s upcoming mobile phones, smart phones, and tablet-PCs. Not only does this provide access to the wide selection of PS one Classics, Sony is also working with other developers to produce revolutionary content for the upcoming NGP device and “PlayStation Certified” devices.
Now onto the specs:
|CPU||ARM® Cortex?-A9 core (4 core)|
|External Dimensions||Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)|
|5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED|
Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
|Rear touch pad||Multi touch pad (capacitive type)|
|Cameras||Front camera, Rear camera|
|Sound||Built-in stereo speakers|
|Sensors||Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass|
Wi-Fi location service support
|Keys / Switches||PS 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?
Now while the features and specs are BEYOND impressive, without an impressive software lineup, it will become a technical beast that is known to collect dust. Thankfully this is something we will not have to worry about as Sony mentioned the following titles during the meeting.
- Call of Duty
- Little Deviants
- Hot Shots Golf
- Reality Fighters
- Gravity Daze
- Smart As
- Hustle Kings
Details such as the release date and price have yet to be announced, but be sure to keep checking back as I will be sure to inform you guys on anything I hear.