Sony unveils PlayStation Portable successor
Sony has revealed the successor to its PlayStation Portable (PSP) console at a press conference in Tokyo.
Simply codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable) at present, the handheld device features a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, front and rear cameras 3G and WiFi connectivity and several features tailored specifically for gaming.
A high performance CPU and GPU allows the console to produce visuals comparable with Sony's home console, PlayStation 3.
The NGP is the first handheld games console to feature dual analogue sticks and has touch control on both the screen and a rear tracking pad.
In addition, the NPG also features the same gyroscopic motion control technology contained within Sony's PlayStation Move.
Used in conjunction with NPG's front and rear cameras, the motion sensors allow players to tilt the console to control games, or change their viewpoint.
NGP is also designed for Artificial Reality Games (ARGs) which incorporate the real world into the gameplay. As an example, a show reel at Sony's conference depicted a group of friends scoring points by jumping into the air.
Sony were also keen to highlight NGP's social connectivity. In built software called 'Near' uses the equipped compass and GPS to track your position and locate other NGP players and what games they are playing.
While Live Area allows you to move seamlessly between your game and text chat with friends. Live Area also allows players to visit the PlayStation Store to download new content without interrupting their game.
Sony demonstrated an NGP version of successful action-adventure Uncharted, while several third party publishers pledged support for the machine, including Activision, who announced a new Call of Duty title for the device.
NGP will work in conjunction with 'PlayStation Suite', also announced at the conference.
PlayStation Suite is an initiative that will see Sony providing 'PlayStation Certified' games, including games originally made for the first PlayStation, for Android based smartphones and tablets.
NGP is scheduled for release this winter, while PlayStation Suite will be available for Android devices 'this calendar year.'