Sony announces the PlayStation Portable 2

As reported by us last week, Sony's Tokyo event is currently underway with engadget live on the scene. And comes at no surprise that Sony has announced the PlayStation Portable 2 code name NGP, even though Sony has denied the existence of the device numerous times in the past. 

Sony says that the PlayStation Portable 2 is going to based upon 5 key concepts: Social Networking, Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location Based Entertainment & Converging Real and Virtual Reality.

The new PlayStation Portable is set to have a complete new redesign from the the current PlayStation Portable & PlayStation Portable Go models and will feature:

  • Quad-Core ARM Cortex 9 processor & Quad Core GPU!
  • 5inch OLED touch screen display with a resolution of 960x544, take note that current PSP only has a 480x272 resolution.
  • Dual analog sticks.
  • 3G & WIFI capabilities.
  • Front a rear cameras and will also feature the same gyroscope and accelerometer sensors currently that are in the PlayStation Move.
  • Electronic compass like the ones in the iOS family.
  • Games will come in a "new media", but not the current UMD media that the PlayStation Portable (excluding the Go) currently has.

Sony has shown off a live demo of the PlayStation Portable 2 and with a few of its games including Killzone, Resistance, Little Big Planet & Uncharted and will hit the stores by the end of the year!

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I have no interest in portable gaming anymore. It's too expensive and the experience (thus far) has been very underwhelming.

Ugh, looks horrible. Give me the 3DS and I'm happy. Sony failed by removing the disk drive in the last version, keeping it gone does not make it better.

the psp was big in the modding/warez community, cause it was easy to hack. I have a old psp with hundreds of old school games on it. and not to mention downloaded a bunch of new ones.

so, why does it have 3G? you cant download anything but PSN Minis w/ that connection. you cant play online w/ that connection. all i can think of doing w/ 3G is posting to facebook.

why does Sony feel they have to give in to this trend of social networking? why do i want to post to "my favorite social networking site" from my PSP2? doesnt everyone just have a phone for that?

why not encorporate a 4G chip? w/ "4G" you could, at least, game online and download full games. is it b/c current 4G chips are too expensive and use too much power?

Jdawg683 said,
so, why does it have 3G? you cant download anything but PSN Minis w/ that connection. you cant play online w/ that connection. all i can think of doing w/ 3G is posting to facebook.

why does Sony feel they have to give in to this trend of social networking? why do i want to post to "my favorite social networking site" from my PSP2? doesnt everyone just have a phone for that?

why not encorporate a 4G chip? w/ "4G" you could, at least, game online and download full games. is it b/c current 4G chips are too expensive and use too much power?

Why can't you play online with 3G? If you have a good HSDPA connection it really shouldn't be that bad. For about a week last year my home broadband wouldn't work, so I had to rely on my 3G dongle to get online. I got decent speeds (around 2Mbps down) and a better ping that my home broadband.

As for 4G. Too expensive, uses too much battery life, not widespread enough etc etc.

Jdawg683 said,
so, why does it have 3G? you cant download anything but PSN Minis w/ that connection. you cant play online w/ that connection. all i can think of doing w/ 3G is posting to facebook.

why does Sony feel they have to give in to this trend of social networking? why do i want to post to "my favorite social networking site" from my PSP2? doesnt everyone just have a phone for that?

why not encorporate a 4G chip? w/ "4G" you could, at least, game online and download full games. is it b/c current 4G chips are too expensive and use too much power?

3G can be fast enough on the area you live in. If it was 4G, takes basically like saying certain parts of America can play online via 4G. And no where else can, because the U.K has no plans for 4G currently and same for other places.

TechDudeGeorge said,

3G can be fast enough on the area you live in. If it was 4G, takes basically like saying certain parts of America can play online via 4G. And no where else can, because the U.K has no plans for 4G currently and same for other places.

youre right, for 2011. the PSP2 will be around for another 5-6years (thus, until like 2017) so 4G will be mainstream.

Co-ords said,
Pity about the OLED... they have a much shorter lifespan than other screens

You know, they have drastically improved their life times in the past few years

The greatest excitement for me is the OLED screen. That screen is going to look streets ahead of anything else on the market today.

AnthoWin said,
The greatest excitement for me is the OLED screen. That screen is going to look streets ahead of anything else on the market today.

Uh...you do know that lots of devices have OLED screens already.

ahhell said,

Uh...you do know that lots of devices have OLED screens already.

AMOLED is not the same thing as a native OLED....

GP007 said,
With all the quad coreness is this also going to last 3hrs like the 3DS and need 3hrs to recharge?
better read first about Cortex A9 CPU, it is using 75% than previous cortex cpu's, which are used in current versions of many smartphones .... plus oled screen using less power than PSP1 one is also battery saving... according to rumors will last 4-5h play, in my opinion half of the time with 3G/WiFi on all time (which will not be unless will play kind of mmo game or so)

Digitalx said,
something smells like android 2.3 possibly going to be running OS on this somehow judging by hardware features...

I wouldn't be surprise, judging from the UI taskbar and the familiar looking launcher (which looks similar to Samsung's Galaxy S). That would mean it would be very good for homebrew, and that customisation would be a blast, just think of the possibilities!

Oh, and that is one sexy device! The only problem is that they will only launch Black, White and Silver first, and the rest of the colours later .

Scirwode

Scirwode said,

I wouldn't be surprise, judging from the UI taskbar and the familiar looking launcher (which looks similar to Samsung's Galaxy S). That would mean it would be very good for homebrew, and that customisation would be a blast, just think of the possibilities!

Oh, and that is one sexy device! The only problem is that they will only launch Black, White and Silver first, and the rest of the colours later .

Scirwode

Yeah I guess sony's making a good gamble taking this route if they do hopefully it'll provide somewhat of a unified mobile gaming platform not only for dedicated devices like this but also mobile phones by providing back and forth compatibility.. certainly will give google a boost joining forces against the gaming platform on ios.

Digitalx said,
something smells like android 2.3 possibly going to be running OS on this somehow judging by hardware features...

The first thing I thought when I saw the battery icon, this could be awesome for modding as long as no-one uses it for cheating in online games. Yes there probably will be other cool stuff to do with a modded PSP and I don't really care what you do offline.
EDIT: Just noticed the Android style page dots on the left and the very X10-esque wallpaper.
T8

Edited by TangoEight, Jan 27 2011, 5:53pm :

Wow at those specs. I guess they can get away with it, since it's bigger than a mobile phone (ie: can have bigger battery, larger battery life), and since the 3DS is expect to last like half a minute, if this manages to last one minute, it will already be good.

"new redesign from the the current PlayStation & PlayStation Go models"
"but not the current UMD media that the PlayStation (excluding the Go) currently has"

It's PlayStation "Portable" and PlayStation "Portable" Go.

pikablu0530 said,
"new redesign from the the current PlayStation & PlayStation Go models"
"but not the current UMD media that the PlayStation (excluding the Go) currently has"

It's PlayStation "Portable" and PlayStation "Portable" Go.

corrected

You know the worst? The pirates won again. Sony dropped UMD support, that's fine by me but as genuine gamer with all originals games/videos on my PSP I would expect some kind of USB pluggable addon so I can still play them on PSP2, now Sony allows to play only those PSP games that were downloaded from PSN, that means I should not have bought UMD games in the first place ... pirates winning again for not buying games ... I feel screwed so screw you Sony too, just make that damn addon, even for extra $$$ I would buy it as I would love to play games from my not-so-little PSP games collection (((

UMD was a failure from the start. Critics everywhere bashed it. Even if pirates hadn't cracked them, I really doubt that Sony would have used them again.

roadwarrior said,
UMD was a failure from the start. Critics everywhere bashed it. Even if pirates hadn't cracked them, I really doubt that Sony would have used them again.
that's fair but then it's not fair to the customers who bought the games & videos ... why not make a usb pluggable addon that will convert UMD to the new console, even if I had pay 50$ for that kind of addon would still be cheaper than having to buy some of the PSP games again (if I could but many of them are unavailable in europe store, if anywhere)

SHADOW-XIII said,
You know the worst? The pirates won again. Sony dropped UMD support, that's fine by me but as genuine gamer with all originals games/videos on my PSP I would expect some kind of USB pluggable addon so I can still play them on PSP2, now Sony allows to play only those PSP games that were downloaded from PSN, that means I should not have bought UMD games in the first place ... pirates winning again for not buying games ... I feel screwed so screw you Sony too, just make that damn addon, even for extra $$ I would buy it as I would love to play games from my not-so-little PSP games collection (((

Sony didn't drop UMD because of pirates, they dropped it because it's a battery drain and takes up a considerable amount of space.

SHADOW-XIII said,
that's fair but then it's not fair to the customers who bought the games & videos ...

where youre wrong is that you feel entitled to something just b/c you have a PSP. Companies dont have to do sh*t. sure, it'd be nice if they'd allow "redownloads" of your PSN games, but they dont have to. companies put products on the market to make money, simple as that. and, lets be honest, when the PSP2 comes out, how often are you going to play your PSP games? those games arent THAT good... i mean, how many people are playing their Gamecube games on Wii?

roadwarrior said,
UMD was a failure from the start. Critics everywhere bashed it. Even if pirates hadn't cracked them, I really doubt that Sony would have used them again.

I think it's bad to remove it. Not EVERYONE has fast internet.. This pretty much excludes them from less off areas that don't have good 3G signal and have slow internet from getting new games. Why kill getting games from a shop off straight away... They are going Apple on us.

Before we no it, the PS4 will have no DVD/Bluray drive claiming it's all online. That will boost 360 and Wii sales.

TechDudeGeorge said,

I think it's bad to remove it. Not EVERYONE has fast internet.. This pretty much excludes them from less off areas that don't have good 3G signal and have slow internet from getting new games. Why kill getting games from a shop off straight away... They are going Apple on us.

Before we no it, the PS4 will have no DVD/Bluray drive claiming it's all online. That will boost 360 and Wii sales.

It using Memory cards instead of UMD for a physical copy in addition to the download route. In addition another article talked about patches, add-ons, etc can install to the actually game memory card (vs PSP2 storage). Since there no UMD ability on PSP2 however (and I have a large collection of UMD games), I'm not going to be an early adopter of the system. If it was all download only, I would not get it at all.

Sounds awesome, too bad i can't find any videos online demoing some game play. Also, another website said it has 512mb of RAM

Can't see it getting anywhere near the DS. Portable gaming needs to be simple and easy to use, full graphics don't work as well as cartoons on a small screen so the DS is going to remain on top.

PSP with some more power which didn't win it's first battle. The games got boring quickly.

Agreed. Ultra detailed HD graphics will look bad on mobile console. It needs 40"+ HDTV. Also console wars will win console with best games not the bedst hardware.. For me in Nintendo DS XL or 3DS a winner.

No it really need at least 100" screen, 3D of course and 24+2 speakers.

In other news, if you can't see - visit your doctor.

6205 said,
Agreed. Ultra detailed HD graphics will look bad on mobile console. It needs 40"+ HDTV. Also console wars will win console with best games not the bedst hardware.. For me in Nintendo DS XL or 3DS a winner.

Declaring a winner before it's even released eh? You need to give both a shot first once released before coming to any conclusions. I agree that the first couple tries didn't work out for them but that doesn't mean they're out of the game.

dogmai79 said,

Declaring a winner before it's even released eh? You need to give both a shot first once released before coming to any conclusions. I agree that the first couple tries didn't work out for them but that doesn't mean they're out of the game.

Well, are people going to be able to trust sony ? PSP failed, PSP Go failed even harder. I can't see them pulling it back really.

Gaffney said,

Well, are people going to be able to trust sony ? PSP failed, PSP Go failed even harder. I can't see them pulling it back really.

Well I think Sony MAY have learned their lesson from the PSP and the Go...or at least I hope they did. UMD was a ****ty idea for a portable and the Go was WAY too expensive for what it could do...not to mention fragmenting their user base but having to buy an entirely new set of games. Let's hope they don't repeat their past failings.

Gaffney said,

Well, are people going to be able to trust sony ? PSP failed, PSP Go failed even harder. I can't see them pulling it back really.

I don't think the PSP failed at all. The PSPGo, perhaps, but not the original variation. It's still supported, still has good games being released for it, and still gets firmware updates as well. I am still buying games for it.

Gaffney said,
Can't see it getting anywhere near the DS. Portable gaming needs to be simple and easy to use, full graphics don't work as well as cartoons on a small screen so the DS is going to remain on top.

PSP with some more power which didn't win it's first battle. The games got boring quickly.

Didn't we say the same about mobile phones? They need to be easy to use etc. ? Why has that changed, I wonder... and why are they all going towards HD screens?

You should realize technology evolves, so do the devices. We can't stay on 'simple' forever. Simple is just a label you give to something anyway, such as Nintendo DS at the moment. Years later you'll say look at PSP4, PSP2 was so simple...

Gaffney said,
Can't see it getting anywhere near the DS. Portable gaming needs to be simple and easy to use, full graphics don't work as well as cartoons on a small screen so the DS is going to remain on top.

PSP with some more power which didn't win it's first battle. The games got boring quickly.

Agreed, sony takes it too far. Yes 3D can be a bit too much, but we don't want a large device will all that in just too play a few games. Yes the DSi XL is for older people and such, but I don't see older people wanting to play Sony's game range compared to Nintendos.

Good luck Ninty, just quit while your behind sony!