120w ago - Update: Telegraph has now confirmed that Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) console will utilize NVG cards to provide an extra layer of security, to quote:
"NGP games will come on an 'NVG card', a flash based memory system that will also be able to store downloadable content. When pressed, Hirai said the NVG card was developed to 'add an extra layer of security' in order to deter piracy, a hot topic after recent PlayStation 3 hacks."
Today Sony President and CEO Jack Tretton has unveiled the Next Generation Portable (NGP) handheld PSP2 console followed by details and NGP pictures from Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein below!
To quote: PlayStation fans across North America will be waking up to some exciting news tomorrow.
At PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Japan a few moments ago, Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, SCEI, introduced the world to the newest addition to the PlayStation product family and the future of portable gaming: currently codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable).
When PSP first launched in 2005 in North America it changed the way people thought of portable gaming and raised expectations in regards to the variety and quality of games users expected to access while on the go. It has since become the go-to handheld entertainment system for more than 64 million users who seek home entertainment quality games along with access to their music, movies, photos and more.
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.
While we here at PlayStation are thrilled to bring this cutting-edge technology to your fingertips, we all know that content is critical to the success for all of our platforms. I'm pleased to share that your favorite franchises will be coming to NGP, including Uncharted and Call of Duty. We are working with our extensive network of 3rd party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios to create experiences unlike anything else on the market.
Also announced this evening was PlayStation Suite, an entirely new initiative from PlayStation that will provide fans with the opportunity to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system for the first time in PlayStation history.
PlayStation Suite will work with Android based, "PlayStation Certified" portable devices - including mobile phones, smart-phones, and tablet PCs - to offer "PlayStation quality" content to users worldwide. In addition to providing a selection of PS one Classics, we are also working with developers to create new and exciting content that will be available on both PlayStation Certified devices and the new NGP when it comes to market.
I think you will agree that the incredible momentum behind PlayStation continues to grow with each passing year. While 2010 was record breaking thanks to an unsurpassed line-up of award winning AAA software, the introduction of 3D entertainment into millions of homes and the launch of our incredibly successful PlayStation Move motion controller, 2011 is already shaping up to be one of our biggest years yet.
Below are the complete NGP details from PS Blog, as follows:
Today in Tokyo, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP). NGP will make its debut at the end of the 2011, but here's everything you need to know right now.
Key NGP 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.
Now, the technical specs:
ARM Cortex™ 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)
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 = 1x1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR （A2DP/AVRCP/HSP）
Software Franchises shown or talked about at PlayStation Meeting 2011 (titles are not final)
• Call of Duty
• Little Deviants
• Hot Shots Golf
• Reality Fighters
• Gravity Daze
• Smart As
• Hustle Kings
It's still early going, so we understand that you likely have questions not addressed here. Details such as release date, price, and more will be announced in due course. We'll keep you updated.
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I get that everyone is in a feature war with the iphone, but an electronic compass, GPS, and two cameras have nothing to do with gaming. All that they do is add cost to the system. And the 3g is almost certainly going to either add yet another data plan we need to pay monthly for, or only work for buying stuff like on the kindle.
Just give us a system that works for once Sony! You know with analog sticks that actually give you control, a video out that isn't in a blurry tiny frame, a battery that lasts more than a day when the system is off, and storage that doesn't cost 8x more than a microSD card 1/10 the size.
PSP2 looks like a step in the right direction, but it's still too early to tell how Sony is going to screw it up and then cover it up with marketing lies.