NGP

Sony NGP

At a press conference in Japan last night Sony announced a device they call the NGP (Next Generation Portable) which is essentially the PSP2.  This new handheld has wild hardware specs and I mean that in the best way.  Sony has obviously been listening to fanboy outcry, because they put everything into this device:

  • dual analog sticks
  • a multi touch screen on the front
  • a multi touch pad on the back
  • a camera on the front and on the back
  • six axis motion
  • a quad-core cortex-A9 processor (!)
  • 3G and WiFi and connectivity

And let’s be honest, this is a really nice looking piece of hardware. And you’ll be able to buy your own this holiday.

There is no word, as far as I can tell, if there is a 3G data plan on the NGP or if it is just going to do basic location services, like a GPS, or transfer only bit’s of data, like a Kindel, over the 3G network.  There is also no word on price… with all the stuff inside this device, I wouldn’t be surprised if it got a 300 dollar price tag. Yikes.

I’m am pretty excited for this.  Initially because I love getting to see new hardware.  But now, because I think it’s really going to make Nintendo step up its connectivity game. They’re going to have to if they want to compete with the iPhone, and Sony.  I don’t mean the 3DS should get 3G, but their online service should work, and it should be seamless. 

[Joystiq and others]

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Sony just unveiled their new handheld gaming system, the NGP (Next Generation Portable, probably not its final name). I’m actually pretty psyched for this. I like the PSP and this looks like a cool evolution. Need to get my mitts on one.

From the PlayStation blog:

With NGP we carry on this rich history of redefining industry standards and raising the bar for consumer expectations for what portable gaming can deliver. Designed to blur the lines between interactive entertainment and reality, the NGP will offer Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity. The 5-inch OLED front multi-touch display will bring brilliant images to life and the multi-touch pad on the rear will allow users to engage with the game and characters with a simple movement of their fingertips. Additionally, services created specifically for NGP will be available on PlayStation Network. These services are designed help users take their gameplay, as well as interaction with other gamers, to new levels.

And key features:

  • Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display
  • Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
  • Dual analog sticks
  • Two cameras (front and rear)
  • Software titles on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards
  • Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
  • Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
  • PlayStation Network access, including ““LiveArea™”, “Near” and “Activity” log features Trophy Support
  • NGP will be able to play PSP titles, minis, PS one classics, video and comics from the PlayStation Store.

More images here. Games list and techy stuff here. Announcey bits here.

What do you guys think?

PS Vita verschijnt op 22 september in NL

Sony heeft gisteren bekend gemaakt dat hun nieuwste portable Playstation op 22 september in Nederland verschijnt. De Playstation Vita is de opvolger van de PSP en is een tijd lang door het leven gegaan als NGP (Next Generation Portable). Tussen de launchgames zit o.a. een nieuw Uncharted deel speciaal voor de PS Vita “Golden Abyss”.

De PS Vita gaat in Nederland rond de 250 euro kosten. Kun je niet wachten tot februari, dan kun je hem eventueel ook al vanaf 17 december proberen te importeren vanuit Japan, hij verschijnt daar ruim 2 maanden eerder.

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