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?
Everyone's talking about Nintendo's upcoming 3DS console, but there's another handheld on the horizon: Sony's PSP2. Sure, the PSP2 is a 2D device, but what it lacks in 3D functionality, it makes up for in performance.
According to MCV magazine, Sony is telling developers that its PSP2 "is as powerful as the PlayStation 3."
If true, the PSP2 bodes well for the future of handheld gaming and could help keep dedicated portable consoles relevant as increasingly powerful smartphones carve out a slice of the mobile gaming market. It's also proof that Sony Ericsson's Xperia phone (aka PlayStation Phone) isn't a sign that Sony's moving away from dedicated handheld gaming systems.
Sony will officially announce the PSP2 at a press event in Tokyo on January 27th. According to MCV, Sony plans to launch the device in December.
Depending on how much weight you want to put on Kotaku's "several sources," Sony's PSP2 console is shaping up to be a killer handheld.
Sources confirmed a previous rumor that there will be a touch panel on the back of the hardware, sort of like a giant trackpad. The PSP2 will also come with dual analog sticks, a feature that's missing on current iterations of the PSP.
Sony also decided to go with a larger screen (again, according to Kotaku's sources), which will be sharper than what's on current PSPs. Sony is said to be referring to the screen as "HD" behind closed doors.
Finally, the sources say the PSP2 will ship this Fall beating the holiday sales rush.
Fan created mockup of the PSP2, not an actual prototype.