To begin, Sony hasn’t officially named the portable just yet, instead calling it Next Generation Portable or NGP for short. It sports a 5” OLED screen, has two analog sticks, two cameras, and two touch surfaces, the screen and a trackpad on the back of the system. There’s so much to talk about so let’s start with the basics, the specs.
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: Six-axis 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 = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
UMD is gone, replaced by a new flash card medium. DLC will be saved directly to the card and not the system, which is somewhat interesting. No specifications were given on the actual size of the cards, but we expect that will change in the coming week. Finally Sony revealed the target release date for Japan is this holiday season. We’ll see if that sticks because it appears as though as lot of this information is still very early.
What I can confirm is that every system sold will be 3G-enabled, but no word yet on exactly how the 3G will work what carriers, etc. More information will be disclosed at a later date including the portable’s final name and price. Sony clearly did this to take a little steam out of the 3DS.
PlayStation Suite will be heading to a variety of Android mobile device, and the NGP. We don’t know exactly what will be featured on the suite just yet except for a collection of PS1 titles including Wild Arms, Cool Boarders 2, Rally cross, Medievil and Syphon Filter. We expect to hear much more about the PlayStation Suite in the coming weeks leading up to the Mobile World Congress conference.
The NGP will also support the PlayStation Suite, and has full access to the PlayStation Store. It’s also backwards compatible and will work with all your PSP downloads. Obviously the lack of a UMD-drive makes playback impossible for all your old discs.
So How Does It Work?
Now that the hardware specs are out of the way, would you like to see the first official trailer for the device? Sure you would. Don’t get too excited, this is actually a somewhat useless trailer.
Exciting wasn’t it? What the trailer shows is how the NGP works…sort of. The home screen displays a bunch of circles which you touch to activate. Think of it something like the iPhone interface. I’ve included a picture to better demonstrate.
The other features shown include the SIXAXIS tilt controls and 3G communication. The rest is just marketing mumbo jumbo.
One application that seems kind of interesting tracks gamers’ movements and reveals what other gamers are playing around you. It also has a bunch of other stats like what game is popular in your city, how many people are playing against each other and more. If you happen to find a game you’re interested in, you can instantly purchase it through the PlayStation Store. We’re still waiting for confirmation on exactly how integrated the PSN is with the NGP, but it sounds rather extensive.
Any Games Shown?
New games shown include Little Deviants, Reality Fighters and Gravity Daze, plus new games based on these PlayStation franchises: Uncharted, Killzone, WipEout, Resistance LittleBigPlanet, Hustle Kings, and Hot Shots Golf. Kojima-san showed Metal Gear Solid 4 playing on the system, while SEGA showed Yakuza 4. Activision also came out and said Call of Duty will be hitting the portable as well. Outside of that, it’s clear this was an early look at the platform before the software blowout occurs, like at E3. Check out Uncharted below. Thanks to Kotaku for the screenshot. We’ll have more official shots as soon as Sony sends them our way.
AQ Interactive Inc.
Arc System Works Co., Ltd.
Arika Co., Ltd.
ASCII Media Works Inc.
Capcom Co., Ltd.
Chun Soft Co., Ltd.
Codemasters Software Company Limited
Crafts and & Meister Co., Ltd.
CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd.
D3 Publisher Inc.
Edia Co., Ltd.
From Software, Inc.
Genki Co., Ltd.
Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.
GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc
Gust Co., Ltd.
Hudson Soft Co., Ltd.
Idea Factory Co., Ltd.
Index Corporation (Atlus)
IREM Software Engineering Inc.
Kadokawa Games, Ltd.
Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Marvelous Entertainment Inc.
Namco Bandai Games Inc.
Nihon Falcom Corporation
Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
NowProduction, Co., Ltd.
Q Entertainment Inc.
SNK Playmore Corportation
Spike Co., Ltd.
Square Enix Co., Ltd.
SystemSoft Alpha Corp.
Tecmo Koei Games Co., Ltd.
Tomy Company, Ltd
Tose Co., Ltd.
Yuke’s Co., Ltd.
Epic Games Inc.
Far Sight Studios
High Voltage Software
King Fu Factory
Paramount Digital Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Climax Studios Ltd
Codemasters Software Company
Eurocom Development Ltd
Firemint Pty Ltd
Gusto Games Ltd
Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd
Impromptu Software Ltd
Sumo Digital Ltd
Team 17 Software
Ubisoft Entertainment SA
I plan to update with more stories as the day goes on. I’m hoping we can get some official game screenshots and videos for your enjoyment. For now, just enjoy what information you have available and be sure to chime in with your thoughts. I’ll do the same at some point this afternoon.