Friday, January 28, 2011

Sony NGP (Next Generation Portable) – The PSP Replacement

This is the moment to quote Renee Zellweger’s famous line in Jerry Maguire “you had me at hello.” Unveiled Thursday morning in Tokyo is the replacement to Sony’s lone portable handheld, the PSP (PlayStation Portable). Named Sony Next Generation Portable, or NGP, the new device could be the most powerful handheld thus far, with the ability to support portable version of Sony PS3 titles. Another headline grabbing feature is its form factor, smoothed out edges with 2 analog joysticks, each on one side, the NGP boasts a 5-inch screen made from OLED instead of conventional LCD. Similar to other portable gaming devices, NGP’s screen respond to multi-touch. But unlike its peers, its back panel is also touch sensitive, allow a fully immersive gaming environment. One thing not available is Sony archaic Universal Media Disc (UMD). A cartridge base system, like those on Nintendo DS, will take its place. Backward compatible to gaming titles from PSP, PS One, video, and more, you can connect to the Web via 3G or Wi-Fi for quick game downloads. Meanwhile, 2 cameras, front and rear facing, let you share those triumphant gaming moments with your friends. The Sony NGP is set to be available during Holiday 2011. No words on pricing yet, though expect it to be a good chunk of your allowance.

Release Date: Holiday 2011

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