[Update] Added official specifications for NGP below. [End of Update]
Sony’s Jack Tretton has officially announced and welcomed the “newest addition to the PlayStation product family and the future of portable gaming: currently codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable).”
In a post on the US PlayStation Blog, Tretton confirmed what we found out during the Sony press event recently held in Tokyo just an hour ago – the successor to the company’s PSP handheld, currently known as NGP, is real, and will offer Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity, while featuring a 5-inch OLED front multi-touch display, and a multi-touch pad on the back of the device to allow for further input with your fingertips.
New features, such as LiveArea and ‘Near’ were also announced during the press event and will help enrich the experience that NGP hopes to offer.
Have a look at the first official images of NGP, as well as the release hardware specifications for the device, below:
NGP Hardware Specifications:
- 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)
Every game title for NGP will be provided with a space called ‘LiveArea’ where users can share the fun and excitement with other players. Users will have access to the latest information of games provided from SCE and 3rd party developers and publishers through PlayStation Network.
Additionally, NGP users will be able to view an ‘Activity’ log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users.”
SCE will also provide location-based services on NGP as part of the basic features utilizing PlayStation Network. The new application called ‘Near,’ developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing now or what they were playing recently.
Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across different dimensions of time and distance.
New Game Medium
NGP adopts a new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for NGP software titles. Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data directly on to the card.
By adopting flash memory based card, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich and immersive games.
NGP will also come equipped with two cameras on its front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass, all of which are designed to enable users to enjoy the world of entertainment that is linked with real life experiences.
PlayStation Suite (PS Suite), announced today, will also closely coordinate with NGP. The newly developed and released game content for Android based portable devices can also be enjoyed on NGP. As a result, users will have access to not only the most leading-edge content, but also some of the more casual experiences that typify the mobile market place.
“SCE will vigorously promote NGP towards the launch as the next generation portable entertainment platform and deploy various measures to further expand the portable gaming market.”
Source: US PlayStation Blog