I’m up late tonight and I thought I’d get the information on Sony’s latest portable device up on the hub. As I type this news story, the news is still breaking as I write but it is finally official. The next generation Playstation Portable is finally here. And you’ll be able to get your hands on it in time for this holiday season!
Codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable) the portable system will boast two analog sticks (like on the PS3 Dualshocks, not the thumbnubs that are on the PSP), Sixaxis Controls, Front & Rear Cameras, a touchscreen, all on a 5 inch OLED screen. Yes I said OLED. For more information on that technology read up on that here. The screen resolution is 4x as powerful as the current generation PSP. With the OLED display you will be able to tilt your NGP and will still be able to display your game screen quite clearly thanks to it’s brilliant resolution. The NGP will use physical media for games, a New Game Media, and a flash memory-based card. The system will also incorporate 3G networks as well as connectivity to WiFi.
As far as games are concerned, some big name note worthy titles that are currently under development include but are not limited to: Uncharted, Little Big Planet, Hot Shots Golf, Killzone, Wipeout, and Resistance.
The NGP will integrate a user interface called Live Arena. Live Arena will contain information about games, publishers, and of course the Playstation Store. Live Arena also utilize the NGP’s touchscreen. You will be able to connect to mobile networks as well – the first portable system to be able to do so using an application called, Near. With Near, you will be able to access what game a particular person is playing at any given time. Say on a bus or train ride for example. It will also use a communication function which will keep track of what games your friends are currently playing right there on the spot through a live feed (think Facebook or in the gaming world, Raptr). The users can then comment on their friends’ activities for the game(s) they are currently playing. Mark Zuckerberg you really have taken over the world with your social network idea.
For more information on the NGP, be sure to stay tuned to That Gamer Hub for updates and this article as more images and videos of the NGP are sure to be available. Once they are I will update this article accordingly.
Note: Images and videos are not for profit use. Sources from external media, and news information include Kotaku.com, Engadget, and the Playstation Blog.