Sony officially announced the NGP or “Next Generation Portable”, which will be the official “codename” for the PSP2 or the follow-up to Sony’s current line of portable systems (the PSP 3000 and PSP Go). This was officially announced at the PlayStation Meeting 2011 event in Japan.
As previously reported, the NGP is a super-advanced, high-tech device that is truly a next-gen portable system.
Here are the key features:
Games will be sold digitally although they can be stored on flashcards, Sony promises that these cards can be ever increased in size allowing for developers to create even bigger games without worrying about memory limitations. Does this also mean that games can be sold in stores on said cards?
Here is the official word from Sony:
“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.”
As you can see, the official name of the next-gen PSP2 is “Next Gen Portable”, NGP for short, and that is what Sony is officially calling the platform. Although they also stress that this is still a codename and that an official name could still be forthcoming. Although the industry is known for adopting “codenames” (Like “DS”) and keeping them as the official name of the system, so we’ll see if this NGP sticks, since everyone and all media will be referring to the system by this codename.
Here are the official specs for the NGP:
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)
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?
Here is the very weird announcement “concept” video for the NGP.