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). It will revolve around five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality. It will be compatible with the PlayStation Suite. (Next-Gen)
Specs include a 5-inch OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution, dual analog sticks (not nubs as on the current generation), 3G, WiFi, GPS, front and rear touchpads, an electronic compass, and cameras on both the front and the rear. Oh, and the CPU is described as “the most advanced” in its class. Available this holiday season.
Games will come on “new media,” not UMD anymore, but we’re unclear on what sort of flash memory is being used. Sony’s rather proud of the fact it’s offering the world’s first dual analog stick combo on a portable device, though we’re more geeked about the quadrupling of pixel count from the original PSP.
Games being shown off at Sony’s live event right now include Killzone, Resistance, Little Big Planet, and Uncharted — with the latter serving as a demo platform to show off how the rear touchpad can be used to climb up some vines. That touch panel on the back is the same size as the front OLED display and is “mapped” directly to the game screen, which really should make it intuitive to use.
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