Another moment you’ve all been waiting for, Sony unveils NGP…
Sony really has been dropping bombs early on in 2011. First came the announcement of the highly-anticipated PlayStation phone, the Xperia Play. Then shortly afterwards, the official unveiling of another long-awaited gem, the PSP 2, otherwise known as the Next-Gen Portable (NGP).
At the recent Sony press conference, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, took to the stage to show of the companies new portable gaming device, and it’s pretty much everything we expected.
The first most noticeable difference from the previous PSP is the inclusion of two analog control sticks, and these are not the only controller additions, Sony has gone and added multitouch support to the NGPs 5 inch OLED display, and also included another 5 inch multitouch display situated on the rear of the device directly under the front display. As Engadget’s Vlad Savov points out, this array of top and bottom multitouch displays allows for some pretty versatile controls when used simultaneously.
At the core of the device is a high performance quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, which according to Sony will provide the same rich gameplay as the non-portable PlayStation 3 console.
The NGP features two cameras, one front-facing and one at rear. It also features three motion sensors, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and an electric compass.
To encourage and interactive and social gaming experience, Sony has preinstalled a bunch of applications that help gamers connect, communicate and share tops scores with each other. Firstly, each NGP game will feature a platform called LiveArea where users can access info on the latest and upcoming releases. Gamers will also be able to view and Activity Log that is constantly updated with achievements from users playing the same game.
Another new application called Near lets users find out who is playing what and where they are located. Gamers can connect with friends, as well as new players, no matter what game they are playing. All you have do is opt to share your gaming info online. To full take advantage of such interactive apps, the NGP will feature WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity.
The NGP will be also compatible with the PlayStation Suite and will also be able to run downloadable PSP titles and content from the PlayStation Store.
On top of all this, Sony has also seen fit to adopt a new ‘game medium’, and thankfully the company has opted for already widely used format, Flash memory. The new memory cards will allow users to store date much easier than before. And as technology improves, the capacity of flash drives will also increase to store larger amounts of data.