Sony unveils next-gen PlayStation Portable, Android store

By on January 27, 2011, 5:04 AM
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.

Sony promises a PS3-level experience with a much faster, quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and a multi-core PowerVR SGX543MP4 graphics chip four times faster than before. The NPG will come with a 5" OLED screen, two micro-analog sticks to simulate the Dual Shock experience, front and rear facing cameras, and two-finger multi-touch pad on the back of the machine that might open the door for new ideas in game control. A Sixaxis equivalent with a gyroscope and accelerometer is also available to let players control games by moving and tilting the system itself.


In terms of connectivity you can expect built-in 3G in addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR -- though it's unclear if users will need a separate for-pay service to use the 3G options. GPS is onboard as well, and a new app dubbed "Near" will let users see what other gamers nearby are currently playing and add them as friends.

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Sony promised to have a full range of high-profile game titles from the start, including Little Big Planet, Resistance, Wipeout and Uncharted. These games will come on "a small flash memory based card," according to Sony, although downloadable PSP titles will still be supported. The company also noted that Activision's Call of Duty series would eventually reach the platform while Konami touted Metal Gear Solid 4 and Epic Games showed an Unreal Engine demo.


The company also unveiled a cross-platform software framework called PlayStation Suite, which will run on Android phones and tablets in addition to the NGP. Sony's starting with an emulator for existing PSOne titles and is promising an Android game store later on for PlayStation-certified titles from small and top-tier developers.

Unfortunately no pricing or availability details were announced, besides "end of the year 2011" in Japan for the NGP. In other words, it's still a long way off but Sony is hoping to build some hype ahead of the Nintendo 3DS launch. Hopefully we'll get a few more details at the Game Developers Conference next month and E3 in June.




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Guest said:

lol so no 3D function? its already outdated and its not even released yet :P

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

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.

chaboi390 said:

Guest said:

lol so no 3D function? its already outdated and its not even released yet :P

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.

chaboi390 said:

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.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

Guest said:

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.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

Guest said:

lol so no 3D function? its already outdated and its not even released yet :P

It doesn't need it.

A beautiful 5" OLED screen is way better.

Guest said:

You want to see some good 3D?? Walk outside of your house and walk, AWAY from your Television.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

You want to see some good 3D?? Walk outside of your house and walk, AWAY from your Television.

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

(Forgive me captaincranky lol)

Didou Didou, Bowtie extraordinair!, said:

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.

veedubguy said:

Looks really nice, can't wait to see how much they are going to be selling it for...

Guest said:

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.

Johny47 said:

sarcasm said:

Guest said:

lol so no 3D function? its already outdated and its not even released yet :P

It doesn't need it.

A beautiful 5" OLED screen is way better.

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 =)

negroplasty negroplasty said:

3D is a gimmick you giant tool...

princeton princeton said:

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.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Princeton said:

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.

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

chaboi390 said:

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.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

chaboi390 said:

Vrmithrax said:

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.

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

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Guest said:

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....

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

And bashing sony isn't lame?

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Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

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....

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.

Arminas1781Pass said:

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

b44g6 said:

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.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

Ah, but it is a touchscreen. Both the screen and the corresponding area on the back of this unit are touch. Looks like the navigation will be much more clean and elegant than on the original PSP, plus the touchscreen should allow for MUCH easier text entry - one of the biggest annoyances with the PSP now.

avoidz avoidz said:

Dual analog sticks at last! Glad it doesn't have 3D too.

Guest said:

Who cares about 3D? Nintendo is making a mistake with the 3DS.

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