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After presumably firing its entire Secret-Keeping Department, Sony officially took the wraps off its next-generation portable, which it's calling the, er, “Next-Generation Portable” – well, for now, anyway. It's a codename, so hopefully Sony will kick it to the curb and go with something less prone to sounding dated after two weeks.
In terms of performance, the NGP's more than capable of going toe-to-toe with its big brother, the PS3. As proof, Hideo Kojima trotted out a pixel-perfect port of Metal Gear Solid 4, which immediately began slurping people's wallets out of their pockets like a vacuum powered by desire. A new entry in the ever-popular Uncharted franchise was also demonstrated, and the usual Sony suspects – LittleBigPlanet, Resistance, Killzone, et al – were confirmed to be hopping aboard as well. Activision also took the stage for roughly 0.3 seconds to name-drop Call of Duty, but nothing was actually shown.
As for the machine itself, it has two analog sticks (thank goodness), and both its front and back are touch-enabled. Yep – not only does it have a touch-screen up front, but it's also packing (what we hope won't turn out be a piece of) junk in its trunk. The rear-mounted touch pad's the same size as the NGP's screen, though, so tapping it still corresponds directly to whatever's occuring in-game.
Unfortunately, Sony's not talking price or release date just yet. Here's hoping “599 US Dollars” stays in the past with “historically accurate giant enemy crabs” where it belongs.
For a bunch of other nitty gritty details – including full tech specs and online options (3G!) – go here. So then, now that both sides have laid their cards on the table, which shiny new tech toy do you have your eye on? 3DS or NGP? Or does another device – say, a smartphone or something along those lines – already have your portable gaming dollar?