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Sony PSP2 Specs Announced, No Price or Release Date Yet

by Lambert Varias

When it comes to major gadget releases, nothing’s really a secret any more. So if you’re even a casual browser of tech or gadget websites, I’m sure you know that today, January 27, 2011, Sony is set to announce its next generation portable. And they did exactly that. In fact, they’re not calling it the PSP2 (yet), they’re really calling it the “Next Generation Portable” (NGP).

sony psp2 ngp next generation portable

Here’s what we know so far. It has a crazy-fast ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core) CPU, SGX543MP4+ GPU (more on that later),  5-inch OLED touchscreen with a 960 x 544 resolution, front- and rear-facing cameras, a rear multitouchpad, two analog sticks (so everyone can stop whining about this now), Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G connectivity, compass, GPS, and the same accelerometer and motion sensor found on the Move controllers. Touchscreen? Dual cameras ? Dual analog sticks? Casual gamers or not, Sony is coming after everyone.

Also, bad news for UMD owners – the NGP won’t be supporting those discs. Instead, the new games will come in flash memory-based cards. Your downloaded titles will be playable in the NGP however, so that’s a consolation. So what don’t we know? We don’t know how much it will cost or when exactly it will launch worldwide, although Sony did say that it will be released in Japan this “holiday”.

Sony was keen to highlight the graphical prowess of the NGP, saying that it’s “as powerful as the PS3.” During the unveiling, Hideo Kojima himself showed off a cut scene from MGS 4 playing on the NGP, and then said that it was “exported directly to the NGP”. Tim Sweeney of Epic Games also showed off their wares on the NGP, specifically their Epic Citadel demo. Then Sweeney said that the NGP’s “multi-core GPU is roughly 4x as powerful as any portable we’ve seen.” He also mentioned that he played a build of the PC/PSN/XBLA game Dungeon Defenders, and said that it was “ported to the NGP in about a week!” Could this mean that some PS3 games can be ported to the NGP? More importantly, I wonder if iOS and DS games could find their way on the NGP.

Kojima also mentioned something that I’m sure most every gamer has wished for – “What I’d like to realize is playing on your PS3, and when you go out, you put the game on your NGP, and when you come back home, you can once again use your PS3 and large screen TV.” YES PLEASE. Kojima refused to reveal more details about it though, only that he and his team are working on it and will have something to show at this year’s E3.

There are a couple of features that I haven’t mentioned about the NGP, but we’ll surely touch on those once more details come out. If they’re worth talking about that is. Overall I’m very excited about this device. If there’s one thing Sony knows it’s hardware – it’s a shame they’re not as marketing- and design-savvy as Apple. I am a bit concerned as to how much the flash memory-based games will cost, but until we get more details we’ll just have to reserve judgment. What do you guys think?

[via Joystiq, Playstation Blog, Playstation Flickr page]

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Comments (12):

  1. AkumaC4 says:

    Looks and sounds perfect apart from the loss of UMD. See thats why I never got a PSP GO, I have tonnes of UMD games and when Sony copped out of letting us somehow copy them or get a free download it rubbed me the wrong way. Hopefully this time around they wont shift their already in place customer base.

  2. Geoff says:

    Well, at least original PSPs will be going dirt cheap now, so I can pick up a couple of backup consoles for later years – assuming my original Jap model ever dies, the thing is a rock! More thoughts http://bit.ly/hXdAUi

  3. Razor4222 says:

    yessssssssss now angry birds will be touch screen compatible on psp instead of using analogue :P

  4. Jbelk says:

    it souds cool i have the original psp and its customized i can,t wait to play this psp

  5. Jbelk says:

    what does the main menu look like

  6. Ethermagus says:

    I’ve been shifting to DLC from the Playstation Network for a while now. It sounds like I’ll be able to play those, so that’s a huge plus. The loss of UMDs kinda sucks though. However, now it’ll ive me a good reason to mod my PSP to play tons of other stuff. I’d really like to see a method of shifting my UMDs to the network, but that may just be a pipe-dream.

    I wonder what the price point will be.

  7. Rocker_Gamer_Girl says:

    Umm isin’t it a mistake takeing out the umd feture?? I have the original psp myself and think that the umds are good,especially sence there are a lot of game companies that are still createing the umd-style games for the psp. You’d think that they would’ve learned thier lesson with the pspgo! I mean,c’mon! I was really hopeing thet this psp would have some of the same things that the orig had,but I might just get a psp 3000 and forget this one,or if I do get it I will be keeping my old one.

  8. distortedtabs says:

    i have been waiting for years for games to be available on flash. disc based games were cool for awhile (thanks Sega), but its time for a change. they are trying to make a ps3 portable from what i understand, but i dont see quite enough trigger buttons. it will be interesting to see how this will work with ps3 fps type games.

  9. Jonny says:

    It is called psp vita? Or what is the official name for it? I hope they come out with a bunch of rpg games for it so I can expand Ps3 Rpg games blog :)

  10. tarun says:

    i,m don’t wait for that psp

  11. EJ says:

    the name is ps vita not psp vita

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