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Sony unveils next-gen PlayStation Portable, Android store

By Jos
Jan 27, 2011
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  1. Sony had quite a few announcements to make at a media event yesterday in Japan. Although the recently unearthed Xperia Play was not part of the show (it's expected to be introduced at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona), attendees were still treated to a first look at the long-rumored PSP successor, which is codenamed Next Generation Portable or NGP. It looks very much like the original PSP handheld at first glance, but it's a whole 'nother beast inside.

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  2. lol so no 3D function? its already outdated and its not even released yet :p
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,494   +304

    I have to admit, it does sound very tempting and with a games line up like that i'm sure it will be very impressive, however, can it play older psp games? does it have a UMD drive built in? and do games now come on memory sticks or what? Specs sound very good though.
  4. chaboi390

    chaboi390 Newcomer, in training Posts: 83

    Why is Everyone so fascinated with 3D? Its absolutely absurd especially on small screens.

    I'm actually glad Sony decided not to include 3D in its new PSP.
  5. chaboi390

    chaboi390 Newcomer, in training Posts: 83

    By the way sorry for the rant above, just annoyed with 3D.

    Anyway... when would this badboy will be released?

    The design it very sleek and ergonomic.
  6. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 949   +45

    3D can suck it. =) All current forms of it is just a gimmick as far as I am concerned. I've heard a rumor of the 3DS having appalling battery life, part in due to its 3D screen, so I'd be just as happy to have a new PSP that was all nice and fancy and long battery life'd and would not shed a tear for the lack of 3D.

    @burty117: It'll likely be sans UMD since as a storage media it is grossly long in the tooth. At best just under 2GB in storage, you could get that kind of storage for a fifth the size (or smaller) for probably around the same price to produce a UND disc and shield. Also, with all the new features and add ons, it would be easier to a implement flash memory game cartridge design by itself, since you don't have to deal with the mechanics of the disc loading and reading mechanism (thought they could probably just modify the original PSP design).

    Just my thoughts on the matter.
  7. Screw 3D, until its fully hologrphic and not neck strain in one place to make use of it.

    As for the PSP2, the front of that is what the PSP1 needed to be like, I dont know what they were thinking not having dual analog in the first place. That slidy thing was crap hope its not 2 of them things.
  8. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 342   +20

    It doesn't need it.

    A beautiful 5" OLED screen is way better.
  9. You want to see some good 3D?? Walk outside of your house and walk, AWAY from your Television.
  10. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 949   +45

    Everything seems so.. photoshopped. I can see the pixels and everything! =p

    (Forgive me captaincranky lol)
  11. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    It might be worth mentioning that the 5" OLED screen is also a touch-screen, though I'm not sure if it's multi-touch.
     
  12. veedubguy

    veedubguy Newcomer, in training Posts: 25

    Looks really nice, can't wait to see how much they are going to be selling it for...
  13. I just really hope that they don't make things too difficult for the homebrew scene with draconian security after their recent PS3 fiasco....also hope that it comes with a decent capacity battery, or that they offer an extended battery down the road.
  14. Johny47

    Johny47 Newcomer, in training Posts: 157

    I think that so many people are acting like sheep and just like with most of today's music(and call of duty games =/) their just 'jumping on the wagon'. 3D is great just as long as something is designed from 'ground up' to use it/work with it like some films and games.

    The guests are already complaining about the PSP2 not having 3D while the 3DS does... the 3DS is suppose to give younger people(the main target audience of Nintendo more or less =P) a headache if they play it for more than a couple of hours, so I'm glad that Sony kept it out of the PSP2 aswell.

    And having a nice OLED screen means the battery life will be better.

    I'm really looking forward to this, it's suppose to have around the same power as the PS3 which is very cool, some new and smaller chips or something. Shame it doesn't support UMD discs though, might be able to get a adapter like the PSP go has for people with a lot of UMD games.

    I'll trade in my old PSP and add some money to get this when it's released =)
  15. negroplasty

    negroplasty TechSpot Maniac Posts: 537   +12

    3D is a gimmick you giant tool...
  16. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    Wow. Give me a god damn reason why those specs aren't on the xperia play. Sony is making once device a heap of garbage and the other a beast of a portable gaming device.
  17. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 949   +45

    Simple: Marketing.

    "We're trying to make a PSPgoPhone, so here's the xperia play... Okay, now that the general public has such low expectations for a gaming system, lets give them what they actually want and rake in the "oh crap this is [potentially] awesome sales"." =p
  18. chaboi390

    chaboi390 Newcomer, in training Posts: 83

    I'm pretty sure i'm not the only one here that is thinking about it, but it kinda comes down to the Portability of the new PSP or how would i say... the size.... of course it contains new chips and gizmo's but it shouldn't give way, if its going to be a brick size gaming console. I personally would love to see more spec's on it.
  19. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    Well, having used both DS and PSP, I can vouch for size being a consideration. And by that, I mean the larger PSP form factor is much better for long periods of gaming than the DS size. Unless you are an adolescent with small hands, of course, in which case the PSP might be considered too big.

    Keeping the same rough dimensions was smart for the new generation. The added space inside from removing the UMD drive (minus the added space required for the beefier processing) might be well served if it allows a larger battery too... Just a thought.
  20. chaboi390

    chaboi390 Newcomer, in training Posts: 83

    I'm sure you can find a better gallery than this but this could clear up some folks on the size of it.

    http://www.playstation.com/psmeeting2011/gallery_jp.html
  21. haha yeah 3ds is lame,i mean 3d without glassis haha...in 1 year sony is going to put out new psp3d hhaha like every time in past,just copying pasting nintendo....that jast lame...but thats sony....
  22. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    And bashing sony isn't lame?

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
  23. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    Yah, you are so right. I mean, the PSP is exactly like the DS... Well, except for the dual screens... And the touchscreen (up till now) with the stylus input... Oh, and the lack of analog control stick... Oh yah, and just the size, the shape, and the clamshell design...

    Seriously, try pedaling the lame fanboy trollage on gaming sites where oodles of vapid adolescents with nothing better to do will jump up to +1 you, even if you are a complete tool. We'll stick to the basic facts here. Sony has a heavy push on 3D across their visual media lines, but chose not to push it on the PSP. You can bet there are very good reasons for it.
  24. Arminas1781Pass

    Arminas1781Pass Newcomer, in training

    Personally I think 3D portable gaming is dumb, and apparently Sony agrees
  25. b44g6

    b44g6 Newcomer, in training Posts: 29

    bummer the screen is not a touch screen, it would have been awesome, specially if the software were to be similar to the one on the iphone.


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