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The PSP2 Is Here: Dual Analog Sticks, Touch-Sensitive OLED, 3G Built In & So Much More

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The PSP2 is finally here. Sony revealed its brand new PlayStation Portable at an event in Tokyo today, our first official look at the PlayStation maker's next foray into handheld gaming, the NGP or "Next Generation Portable." First details below.

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The Hardware

Sony confirmed many of the features of the PSP2 that we've already heard in the form of leaks, rumor and speculation. The PSP2 features a high-resolution, touch-sensitive OLED screen that's larger than the original PSP screen, tilt-sensitive SIXAXIS controls, dual analog sticks, front and back-facing cameras, and a touch sensitive back panel.

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Sony boasts that the new PlayStation Portable is as powerful as a PlayStation 3. The device features built-in WiFi and 3G wireless connectivity and uses an all-new form of media storage for games—no more UMD.

Here's how Sony describes it: "NGP adopts a new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for NGP software titles. Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data directly on to the card. By adopting flash memory based card, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich and immersive games."

For now, Sony is officially calling the new PlayStation Portable by its codename, Next Generation Portable or NGP. It will be out this holiday in Japan.

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The Full Specs

  • CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU: SGX543MP4+
  • External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • 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 = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
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The Games

Sony showcased a handful of games alongside the reveal of the new PSP, including new titles Little Deviants, Reality Fighters and Gravity Daze, plus games based on the following PlayStation franchises.

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  • Uncharted
  • Killzone
  • WipeOut
  • Resistance
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Hustle Kings
  • Hot Shots Golf

Sony says the new PlayStation Portable will also play PSone games supported via its PlayStation Suite platform and will be backwards compatible with downloadable PSP games. To demonstrate this, Capcom's Jun Takeuchi demoed Monster Hunter Portable 3rd for the PSP on a NGP.

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Third parties have shown demonstrations of Yakuza 4 and Metal Gear Solid 4 running on the system, with Activision announcing a Call of Duty for the new PSP.

Here is Sony's list of third-party publishers supporting the NGP as of July 27, 2011:

JAPAN

  • ACQUIRE Corp.
  • ALVION Inc.
  • AQ INTERACTIVE INC.
  • ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co.,Ltd.
  • ARIKA CO.,LTD.
  • ARTDINK CORPORATION
  • ASCII MEDIA WORKS Inc.
  • CAPCOM CO., LTD.
  • CHUN SOFT CO., Ltd
  • Codemasters Software Company Limited
  • Crafts & Meister Co.,Ltd.
  • CyberConnect2 Co.,Ltd.
  • D3 PUBLISHER Inc.
  • Dimps Corporation
  • Edia Co., Ltd.
  • ENTERBRAIN, INC.
  • FromSoftware, Inc
  • Gameloft K.K.
  • Genki Co.,Ltd.
  • Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.
  • GungHo Online Entertainment,Inc
  • GUST CO.,LTD.
  • HAMSTER Corporation
  • 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.
  • LEVEL-5 Inc.
  • Marvelous Entertainment Inc.
  • media5 Corporation
  • NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.
  • Nihon Falcom Corporation
  • Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
  • NOWPRODUCTION, CO.,LTD
  • Q Entertainment Inc.
  • SEGA CORPORATION
  • SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION
  • Spike Co.,Ltd
  • SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.
  • SystemSoft Alpha Corp.
  • TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD.
  • TOMY Company,Ltd.
  • TOSE CO., LTD.
  • Ubisoft K.K.
  • YUKE'S Co., Ltd.

48 companies in total.

NORTH AMERICA

  • Activision, Inc.
  • Capybara Games
  • Demiurge Studios
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Far Sight Studios
  • Frima
  • High Voltage Software
  • Kung Fu Factory
  • Paramount Digital Entertainment
  • PopCap Games
  • Powerhead Games
  • Trendy Entertainment
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • 2K Games
  • 2K Sports

16 companies in total.

EUROPE/PAL

  • Avalanche Studios
  • Climax Studios Ltd
  • Codemasters Software Company Ltd
  • Eurocom Developments Ltd
  • Eutechnyx Ltd
  • Exient Ltd
  • Firemint PTY Ltd
  • Gameloft SA
  • Gusto Games Ltd
  • Home Entertainment Suppliers PTY Ltd
  • Impromptu Software Ltd
  • Rebellion
  • Rockstar Games
  • Sidhe Interactive
  • Sumo Digital Ltd
  • Team 17 Software Ltd
  • Ubisoft Entertainment SA
  • Zen Studios Ltd

18 companies in total

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DISCUSSION

No more UMD?

So... If people were dumb and got a PSPGo, they can enjoy backwards compatibility, but me who was a PSP early adopter gets the shaft?

Thanks Sony.

All the fanboys who want one are not seeing the big picture that if it uses memory sticks for storage that means that all the games are downloadable and there will be no Used Game market for this, which means also that there will rarely ever be sales for games cause they are fixed by Sony and the PSN network. That means games will still be more expensive at all times cause the prices aren't updated as often as stores do cause retail chains compete for the best price.

And don't give me "well that's how it is on iPhone" shit. The price on the App Store is set by the person who posts the item in the store, and can be changed at any time. This will not work this way.

It will be an all digital store whose prices are controlled by Sony. This isn't a good idea... I don't how graphically advanced this is. This is not going to go well for the end user.

Am not quite happy with the $40-$50 dollar range for 3DS games either, can't imagine how much these will be.