Sony has announced its latest addition to their gaming gizmos: The PSP2 or formally known as The NGP which stands for Next Generation Portable.
It’s out with the UMDs as NGP will use a new medium, a small flash memory based card exclusive to NGP software titles. The card will store game datas and other media files supported by the device. Sony states that they’ll be providing higher capacity cards in the future to allow developers to store more game data. As far as the design goes, it hasn’t strayed away that much from the previous PSP designs which is a good thing since I really loved the PSP 2k design.
The NGP has a touch screen on top and a touch pad on the bottom. This will allow players to interact with games through “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” to quote Sony.
The beauty doesn’t stop there. Check out this baby’s hardware specs:
ARM Corte-A9 core (4 core)
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)
Front camera, Rear camera
Built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone
Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
Three-axis electronic compass
Wi-Fi location service support
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 (+/-)
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)
Unfortunately there hasn’t been a definite release date scheduled yet. Expect it at the end of this year.
More NGP Info at ign.com