Posted by Raine Hutchens on Jan 28, 2011

Early Stats On Sony’s NGP (PSP2)

Straight from Sony, this is a first look at their new PSP2, which they call the NGP (Next Generation Portable). The NGP is all over the news, and if you so much as poke your toe out into the headlines in the gaming world you’re sure to hit about fifteen thousand articles that feature this new piece of hardware.

Well, we’re here to provide some information about the NGP as well, and we’re producing the facts. The handheld will arrive sometime towards the end of 2011, and it’s sure to pack a punch.

Here are just some key features that the NGP has to offer:

  • Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display
  • Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
  • Dual analog sticks
  • Two cameras (front and rear)
  • Software titles on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards
  • Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
  • Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
  • PlayStation Network access, including ““LiveArea™”, “Near” and “Activity” log features Trophy Support
  • NGP will be able to play PSP titles, minis, PS one classics, video and comics from the PlayStation Store.

Now here are some technical specifications for you hardware buffs out there:

CPU ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
External Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
(Touch screen)
5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
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)

Games such as Metal Gear Solid 4 have been demonstrated on the system, and they look amazing. Performance is top-notch with the NGP, and I can see why so many are excited for its arrival. When we know more, we will be sure to get information up as soon as possible. It’s still early on for the NGP, so expect many of your questions to be answered in the coming months.


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