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Roughly six years ago Sony released the PSP and set the portable gaming world a blaze with the new handheld. The screen was brighter, bigger and had some of the best graphics seen on a portable to date. Today the PSP isn’t anything that’s going to knock your socks off and there were many rumors as of late about the next iteration of the PSP floating around CES this year. Those rumors have proved to become true because Sony has just officially announced the PSP2 at an event in Tokyo. For now however, Sony is calling the portable device by its code name ‘Next Generation Portable’ or NGP for short.
Fans of the PSP have been dreaming of dual analog sticks for years and they finally get them in the NGP. It will also feature a high-resolution, touch-sensitive OLED screen that’s larger than the original PSP screen, tilt-sensitive SIXAXIS controls, dual analog sticks, front and back-facing cameras, and a touch sensitive back panel. This new touchpad back panel will make most of the device interactive unlike anything seen before. Sony claims that the new NGP will be as powerful as the PlayStation 3.
There will be no more UMD with the NGP. Sony in introducing a new game medium that’s a small flash memory based card. The cards will be able to hold full software titles plus add-on game content and game save data. Sony also announced ‘PlayStation Suite’ which will allow the games to be played on other Android based devices such as mobile phones, smart-phones, and tablet PCs.
In addition, Sony is introducing a new service called LiveArea that will let your NGP be able to detect others in the area and let you see what they’re playing, chat, see game rankings, etc. It sounds like something similar to what the Nintendo DS has with PictoChat but hopefully this is on a much larger scale. The NGP is expected to be out later this year in Japan. No timeframe given to the U.S. release date yet.
The Full Specs
- CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
- GPU: SGX543MP4+
- External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
- Rear touch pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
- Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera
- Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
- Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
- Location: Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi location service support
- Keys / Switches: PS button, Power button, 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
- Wireless communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G), IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR （A2DP/AVRCP/HSP）
The Announced Games
- Hustle Kings
- Hot Shots Golf
More at PlayStation Blog.
To celebrate the new Metal Gear Solid game coming out, Gamestop has announced the “Big Boss Bundle” PSP and game. The Gamestop exclusive bundle will be available June 8, 2010 and will include the following:
- “Camouflage” PSP-3000 system
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker game on UMD
- Voucher for in-game content unlockable at the start of the game
- 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
- Premium carrying case
More @ Gamestop.
After years of witing, Gran Turismo is finally making it to the PSP. Be sure to check out the video preview.
- Slick Visuals – Runs on a new graphics engine designed for the PSP® system that delivers stunning visuals at a crisp 60 frames per second.
- Depth and Variety –Up to 800 licensed vehicles from international automakers by completing challenges, races, and sharing and trading with friends.
- Hit the Road – Race on more than 30 licensed and fictional tracks, with 60 track layouts total.
- Bragging Rights – Prove your driving skills against up to four friends in matches using ad hoc mode.
This week is E3 which means the big three (Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony) are all announcing their hardware and software news for the next few months. Sony’s big announcement today was the PSP Go!, the latest version and first total redesign of the PSP hardware. The PSP Go! is not going to replace the PSP right away but that could be something that happens a couple years from now. The most interesting thing about the PSP Go! is that Sony decided to completely ditch any kind of physical media and make the system strictly download only. The PSP Go! is due out October 1, will cost $249 and will have the following features:
- 16GB built-in flash memory
- Slide-out controller
- 3.8″ screen
- 50 percent smaller than the original PSP
- 40 percent lighter than the original PSP
Little Big Planet must be selling really well because there are rumors of bringing it to the PSP sometime in 2009. The game could give the PSP a little boost in sales which have been lagging as developer’s have been developing on the DS more as of late. How much Sackboy will have to give up in order to be ported to the PS3′s little portable friend?
With Black Friday (The day after Thanksgiving) sales still a good three weeks away, Wal-Mart will be having some in-store specials to jump start Christmas shopping this holiday season. The fun starts this Saturday at Wal-Mart stores at 8AM. Buy a 80GB PS3 at regular price and get $100 Wal-Mart gift card. You can use that $100 towards the sale on Greatest Hits games which are usually $30 but will be $20. Also, if you buy either a PSP or a PS2 at regular price you will get a $30 gift card.
There was a time when SNK arcade systems were the best. Only elite pizza parlors had the four-button machines which sported some of the best graphics in arcade games at the time. SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 was released last year for the PSP, PS2 and Wii. It features 16 of the classic games including Art of Fighting, Baseball Stars 2, Burning Fight, Fatal Fury, King of Fighters ’94, King of the Monsters, Last Resort, Magician Lord, Metal Slug, Neo Turf Masters, Samuari Showdown, Sengoku, Shock Troopers, Super Sidekicks 3, Top Hunter and World Heroes. With this many great games released in Volume 1, I wonder what SNK has left for volume 2.