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!

Images source: Engadget

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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.

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 :

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)

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....

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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