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Sony Announces New PlayStation Portable, NGP

Sony PSP 2

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.

PSP2 Touchpad back

PlayStation Portable 2 NGP

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

  • Uncharted
  • Killzone
  • WipeOut
  • Resistance
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Hustle Kings
  • Hot Shots Golf

More at PlayStation Blog.




Gran Turismo 5 Collector’s Edition For PS3

Gran Turismo 5 is finally getting closer to a release date and PlayStation is going all out by releasing a $100 collector’s edition of the game available later this month. The collectors edition contains the folowing:

  • Gran Turismo 5 on Blu-ray
  • Collectible Diecast Car
  • Exclusive “Apex” Car Guide
  • Five exclusive DLC cars
  • Numbered certificate of authenticity

More @ PlayStation Blog.




Sony Announces Slim PS3 and Pricecuts

It’s been rumored for quite some time but yesterday Sony announced pricecuts for the PS3 along with the PS3 Slim. The PS3 Slim will come with you choice of a 120GB or 250GB hard drive and they start at $299. The Slim consumes 34 percent less power and takes up 32 percent less space than the Phat version. In addition to this news Sony also announced that the PS3 will also get new firmware 3.00 update that brings a bunch of new features including status indicator, custom themes, avatars, redesigned friends list and trophies. Sony has slashed the price of the current phat PS3 to $299 while we eagerly wait for the Slim this September 1.




Gran Turismo Speeding to Your PSP in October

PSP Gran Turismo

After years of witing, Gran Turismo is finally making it to the PSP. Be sure to check out the video preview.

Key Features:

  • 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.



Sony Announces PSP Go! For October

PSP Go

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
  • Bluetooth
  • 50 percent smaller than the original PSP
  • 40 percent lighter than the original PSP



Sony's Touchscreen Walkman

Touchscreen Walkman

The Sony Walkman has come a long way since the early days when they owned the market with the Discman and slowly lost ground to the iPod. Shown above could be the early illustrations of a new touchscreen Walkman to compete with the iPod Touch. The player would feature a 3-inch OLED display which as you can see from the scale compared to the hand would be smaller than the current iPod Touch. It would also include WiFi and built-in access to Amazon’s MP3 Store. Although it’s currently just a rumor, I think it’s a good idea for Sony to focus on a product like this in order to compete for portable music market share.




PlayStation Network Now On Playstation.com

PSN Website

It used to be that you had to be on your PS3 or PSP to see what was going on in the PlayStation Store but Sony has changed that. You can now view the store in front of any monitor with internet access. The PlayStation Store features games, movies, and free demos – all available for easy and quick download on your PSP or PS3 systems. You’re not going to be able to download them from your computer directly to your PS3 yet but that would be nice if renting movies or buying games after researching them on your computer.

PlayStation Store




PlayStation Credit Card Saves $150 Off a PS3

PlayStation Credit Card

If you’re looking to save some cash this year on a PlayStation 3 and dont mind signing up for a new credit card, Sony is making you an offer you can’t refuse. With the PlayStation credit card, not only do you earn points towards the purchase of PlayStation and Sony products with every dollar you spend but you will get $150 off a new PS3! That would bring the price down to the $250 range. You can order your PS3 directly through the Sony store or you can use it at an authorized PlayStation retailer and send in your reciept. Offer expires December 31, 2008.

You can read all about it here.




Tons of PlayStation Home Beta Invites

PlayStation Home Beta Tester

I got an e-mail invite last night saying that I can login to PSN and download PlayStation Home Beta. Apparently a lot of people in good standing with PlayStation Network have received the same e-mail. I didn’t even know about this invite until I read online that the Beta would be open. I went back through my e-mails that I usually ignore and read through the PSN one and sure enough the code was there. I only got to fool around in Home for about 30 minutes. I created a character, went outside of my virtual apartment, walked around and inside the mall. I probably saw about 500 people using Home when I logged in around 9:00PM. It has potentional to be great but it needs more content.




Wal-Mart Pre Black Friday Sale on PS3, PSP

WalMart Sales

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.




Blu-ray Sale At Amazon.com

blu-ray logo

This is the first Blu-ray Disc sale I’ve seen in a while. The last time I remember Blu-ray’s at prices like this was last year during the Blu-ray/HD-DVD wars.. when HD-DVD was still around. The 95 Blu-rays on sale aren’t all trash either. Check out the sale at Amazon.




Sony Announces PSP-3000

PSP-3000

At this years Leipzig Games Convention, Sony has announced a new model PSP; the PSP-3000. This new model however won’t be as significant of an update as last years “slim and light” PSP-2000 model and will look identical. Not sure yet how the unit will be priced but I suspect it will be in the $169-$199 range.

The new features of the PSP-3000 include:

  • improved glare-free screen
  • a PS button instead of a home button
  • smoother edges
  • built-in mic



WipEout HD Almost Ready For PS3

WipEout HD PS3

Delayed for a month after failing seizure tests, WipEout HD is almost ready to fly onto your TV. The game will be running at an extremely fast 60 Frames per second and will sport some gorgeous graphics. The game will feature the same WipEout gameplay we’re used to from previously released wipEout games plus will add a few new upgrades in gameplay including music that changes depending on what’s going on in the race. If wipEout HD lives up to the PSP versions of the game then it will be a blast to play on the big screen. You can see more at PS3Fanboy.




E3 2008 PS3 Announcements

Playstation 3 Front View

This weeks is E3 (Media and Business Summit) and this morning was Sony’s Press Conference. Many announcements were made about the future of the PS3 along with Sony’s other consoles, PSP and PS2. Overall it was a solid showing for Sony. Here are the highlights from their PS3 announcements.

  • Sony announced Greatest Hits Titles for $30
  • Playstation Network introducing a video download store
  • New 80GB SKU available in September for $399
  • Sony announced God of War 3
  • Sony announced 256-player MAG: Massive Action Game



Sony Walkman nwz-a728blk Digital Media Player

I was doing some research on MP3 players other than iPods because I wanted to see what else was out there. I wanted something with at least 8GB flash memory that was a video and audio player. I’m a huge fan of Sony products and decided to pick up the Sony Walkman nwz-a728blk.

Here are some of the features of this media player:

  • 8GB Built-in Memory
  • High Quality Video Playback at 30 frames per second
  • Battery Life: Up to 36 hours audio and up to 9.5 hours of video playback
  • 2.4-inch QVGA LCD screen: 320×240 display
  • Portrait and landscape picture and video modes

This unit contains 8GB of flash memory (7.5 available) and sports a 2.4? LCD display. Sony claims that the unit can handle up to 36 hours of playback on a single charge which I can’t confirm because I haven’t played it for that long without charging it yet.

The software that the unit comes with is not as good and easy to use as iTunes but it does the trick. Once you get all of your files on to the unit, you will see that the button layout functions may be different then what you’re used to. There are seven buttons; up, down, left, right, play/pause/enter, back/home and option/power off. The home screen features nine options; Shuffle, Search, Rhapsody Channels, Photo, Music, Video, Settings, Playlists and Now Playing.

The button placement looks nice and the buttons feel solid. Aesthetically the unit is beautiful like with most Sony products.

The interface may not be as pretty as coverflow but it’s effective and looks nice. Only about half of my album cover art got transferred over from my computer. The music sounds great on this unit. More then ever I was able to make out more words on some songs while listening to them on this player.

Video mode works well. If the video file is MP4 then you’ll probably be able to view it on this unit. You can choose either vertical or horizontal layout while enjoying your favorite movie or TV show. I prefer horizontal because you get a bigger picture.

The earbuds that come with the unit are high-end. There are three types of included attachments for you to use depending on your ear size.

Overall I would say that this is an impressive unit from Sony and I’m happy with the purchase for around $150. This is a decent alternative to iPod but the Walkman line will need some work if they really want to compete with Apple.