It’s finally arrived. Sony have unveiled their new next generation portable entertainment system codename: NGP, which will make it’s debut at the end of the year 2011 into the limelight in Tokyo.
The NGP is designed to offer an interactive experience that is only possible on Playstation. The new system offers rich gaming with social connectivity within the real world by leveraging SCE’s experience from both PSP and Playstation 3.
The system has Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity combined with various applications. NGP will enable amazing abilities such as “encounter, discover, share and play”. It’s starting to sound a little bit like LittleBigPlanet.
These abilities will allow the NGP to play with friends whereever they are. The NGP features a stunning OLED and revoluntonary User Interface whuich incorporates a multi-touch 5 inch light display (OLED) as the front display.
A high performance CPU/GPU combined with OLED enables visually rich striking graphics never seen before on a portable system. The new system also has a multi-touch pad on the rear, and together with the front touch display. NGP offers new game play allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension like motion through “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” moves of the fingers.
NGP adopts the super oval design form factor and will feature two analog sticks which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the whole portable experience. Each NGP will be provided with a space called “LiveArea” and this is where users can share the fun and experience with other players through PSN. NGP users will be able to view an “Activity” log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger real time communication among users.
SCE will also provide location-based services on NGP as part of the basic features utilizing PlayStation Network.Â The new application called “Near,” developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing now or what they were playing recently.Â Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across different dimensions of time and distance.
NGP adopts a new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for NGP software titles.Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data directly on to the card. By adopting flash memory based card, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich and immersing games.
NGP will also come equipped with two cameras on its front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass, all of which are designed to enable users to enjoy the world of entertainment that is linked with real life experiences.
PlayStation Suite (PS Suite), announced today, will also closely coordinate with NGP.Â The newly developed and released game content for Android based portable devices can also be enjoyed on NGP.Â As a result, users will have access to not only the most leading-edge content, but also some of the more casual experiences that typify the mobile market place.
SCE will vigorously promote NGP towards the launch as the next generation portable entertainment platform and deploy various measures to further expand the portable gaming market.
ARM CortexTM-A9 core (4 core)
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
[We want to know more about that rear screen?]
Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Front camera, Rear camera
Built-in stereo speakers
Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches
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 (+/-)
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?
According to Kotaku, games available will be:
Hot Shots Golf
Via Sony Press release & Kotaku