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      01-28-2011, 07:26 AM   #1
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The Sony Playstation "Next Gen Portable" aka PSP2 revealed

This is the successor to the PSP:

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Mock it up, talk it up and leak it out all you want, only Sony has the power to actually bring the so-called "PSP2" into the world -- and that moment has come. The "sequel" to the PlayStation Portable was made official today (like, just now!) during a press event in Japan, looking every bit as -- well, that thing looks like the PSP, doesn't it?

Codenamed "NGP" -- that's "Next Generation Portable" Entertainment System -- the device has been designed with five core tenets buzz phrases in mind, according to Sony: Revolutionary User Interface; Social Connectivity; Location-based Entertainment; Converging Real and Virtual; and PlayStation Suite Compatibility.

But what does that mean? For starters, the new hardware features dual analog sticks; a 5-inch OLED display (with 960x544 resolution -- four times the PSP's); a front touchscreen and rear touchpad (woah!); 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS; and, for good measure, the same six-axis motion system that propels the Move, plus a three-axis compass -- oh, and we can't forget the front and rear cameras (those come standard these days). Of course, the NGP plays games, too, which will be offered on new flash memory–based cards (so long UMD!) that feature added storage for DLC and game saves.

The NGP is coming this holiday season.

Update: Complete hardware specs, provided by Sony, are posted after the break.

"Next Generation Portable Entertainment System" Hardware 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)

Screen: 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED

Touchscreen: Multi-touch screen (capacitive type)

Rear touchpad: Multi-touch pad (capacitive type)

Cameras: Front camera; rear camera

Sound: Built-in stereo speakers; built-in microphone

Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer); three-axis electronic compass

Location: Built-in GPS; Wi-Fi location service support

Keys/Switches: PS button; power button; directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left); action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square); shoulder buttons (Right/Left); right and left sticks; Start button; Select button; volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G); IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode); Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

Front and rear cameras, built in microphone and 3G? Im guessing there will be something very similar to Facetime (maybe Skype?) available for this. Also, I wonder how in-depth the PSN connectivity will be. Will be be to the level of the PS3, where it shows what game you are playing, trophies, etc? The press release states that you will be able to have real-time communication thru the PSN with your friends. Thats awesome!

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      01-28-2011, 08:55 AM   #2
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people still buy these???
thats exactly what i thought
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      01-28-2011, 10:51 PM   #5
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thats exactly what i thought

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They had a serious chance to get it right this time, and it looks like they still dropped the ball. Yes, they finally added dual sticks, but media based portable gaming is not the way to go. I have no idea why they wouldn't tap into their own PSN Store and allow gaming on-demand.

Unless that is what they have planned, and they didn't announce all the details. It would only make sense to have 3G so that you can download games directly to on-board storage or a memory card.
The i8 needs a V8 amirite?
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