It was probably one of the worst-kept secrets in gaming, but after months of speculation, Sony finally unveiled its successor to the PSP today at its media event in Tokyo. Codenamed the Next Generation Portable (NGP), the new handheld is set to be released in "holiday 2011" and will include features such as 3G, Wi-Fi, a rear touch pad, OLED screen, and more.
The NGP wasn't priced, but Sony did release a range of specifications for the new machine. The NGP will feature a 16:9 5-inch OLED touch screen, as well as a touch pad on the rear of the device, which is the same size as the front screen. At 182mm x 18.6mm x 83.5mm (width x height x depth), the NGP is slightly smaller than the PSP-3000, but there was no detail released on how heavy the new handheld would be.
Gamers who lamented the lack of a second analog stick on the original PSP will be heartened to know that the NGP does indeed sport twin sticks, as well as Sixaxis motion sensing built into the device. Other notable features include two cameras (front and rear), built-in GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and more.
The full specs list for the NGP can be found below.Watch the video
CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)
Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen: Touch screen 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED, Multi-touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touch pad: Multi-touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera
Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
Sensors: Sixaxis 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 = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)