Sony PSP2 Codenamed Next Generation Portable; Unveiled at PlayStation Meeting 2011 (Video)

January 27, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sony’s PlayStation Meeting 2011 that got underway in Tokyo has revealed some awesome details of the successor to the PlayStation Portable (PSP). Codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable), the device reminds us of the original PSP, but has add-ons such as a 5-inch OLED touchscreen with an enhanced 960 x 544 resolution. When we say enhanced, we mean the resolution is four times that of the existing one.

Complete with a new interface that translates actions into inputs, location based entertainment (through GPS), and converge real and virtual worlds through the medium of augmented reality, the device also comes with a second dual analogue stick. This new micro-analogue control stick finds its place on the right of the PSP2.  Sounds good, right?

The NGP will let gamers ‘Touch, Grab, Trace, Push and Pull’ as they go about exploring new avenues via the device. Sony has thrown in touch technology, so as to usher in a cool new gaming experience. Added to the features list are dual cameras – one each on the front and the rear. The connectivity department will be taken care of by Wi-Fi as well as 3G options.

A new user interface called LiveArea, which in fact will be the gamers’ window for picking games on the PSN network, has been incorporated with a number of selectable badges on the screen. The Tokyo event, where the device has been unveiled a short while ago, also elaborated that the NGP will stay with physical media for games content.

We expect the NGP to hit retail during the next holiday season . Though the initial roll is to happen in Japan, it wouldn’t take much time from then on to travel to US shores. We guess, we will find what is on the pricing front very soon. Stay tuned. Also, tell us are you buying the new PSP2?

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