While the PSP Phone aka XPeria Play is in the spot light of attention, Sony just sneaked out a redesigned Sony PSP 2 today. The new Playstation Portable with the codename NGP will hit the market end of 2011.
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The new PSP NGP has 3G and Wi-fi connectivity and is supposed to meld social networking and gaming together in one powerful device. By having both Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity, together with various applications, NGP will enable infinite possibilities for users to “encounter,” “connect,” “discover,” “share” and “play” with friends wherever they are. Within the device are a range of features that provide a genuinely cutting-edge, next generation ultimate portable entertainment experience.
The new PSP 2 has a 5-inch multi-touch OLED display and runs on a high-performance CPU (ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)) and GPU (SGX543MP4+). The new portable playstation system also incorporates a unique 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.
While succeeding the basic design philosophy of PSP, NGP adopts the Super Oval Design form factor, created to fit comfortably in users’ hands. For the first time, a portable entertainment system will feature two analog sticks, which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience.
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 immersive 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. The newly developed and released game content for Android based portable devices can also be enjoyed on NGP. 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.
Sony opening up to Android is a necessary move to keep growing. The new NGP sounds like a real hot portable gaming machine, but do we need it? If you can play your favorite Sony Playstation game on your Droid phone, why carry another device. The new NGP native games need to offer stunning game play that you cannot get on an Android phone to rectify the purchase.