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Breaking: Sony's Next Generation Portable Revealed

Code name: NGP (Next Generation Portable). The goal: "to transform every aspect of people's life."

And so it has happened. Mere minutes ago, Sony's new portable unit was unveiled at the PlayStation Meeting in Tokyo. The sleek unit features dual analog sticks (yay!), Sixaxis controls, front and rear cameras, new game media, a larger screen, and even touchpads on both the front and back; it's quite the appealing machine.

The pictures shown at the event show the NGP from a variety of different angles, and other relevant data includes- flash memory, 3G support and WiFi, and according to what Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida said, the "graphics are PS3 quality." The screen will be 5 inches, larger than standard 3.5-inch smartphones, and it'll feature an OLED display that will look brilliant from all angles. It seems you'll be able to use either the touchpad or the micro analog sticks to control the character on the screen. "It's like the world in your hands," Yoshida stated confidently, and everyone seems awfully psyched. Rightfully so; this thing is pretty amazing.

A bunch of games are shown running on the unit, including Reality Fighters, LittleBigPlanet 2, Wipeout, Resistance, and holy God, even Uncharted. That's gonna be pretty insane in the palm of your hand... During the presentation, Yoshida was moving Drake around with the touchpad; he also uses the gyrosensor to make Drake jump. At one point, Yoshida slid his fingers down on the touchpad on the back, and the main character slid down a vine. Simply by touching places, Drake will jump to desired locations, and you can even draw lines to new spots off in the distance. Oh, look an enemy standing on the edge of a cliff...flick the finger at him, and Drake shoves him off the edge.

From what we can tell, that's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, only with the NGP controls. Evidently, as far as the design of the unit, it's called "Super Oval Design" and although it's a little tough to gauge the actual size right now, the device appears to be about the same size as the original PSP. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the rear touchpad is 5 inches; the exact same size as the front screen, so where you put your fingers on the back matches up with what you see on the screen. You can even use two fingers! Lastly, the NGP will boast a user interface called LiveArea, where players can learn about new games, access the PSN, and yeah, it's touch-based.  There will even be a live feed so you can see exactly what your buddies are doing, if you're into that voyeuristic stuff.

The unit is due out for the holidays, and we'll be anxiously awaiting the price. ...any guesses?

Tags: psp, psp2, playstation portable, psp2 details

1/27/2011 12:17:57 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (184 posts)

wiiplay
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:04:07 AM
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I Love Life

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Qubex
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:22:28 AM

It just hit me... I should be even more excited about the this news today, considering its my BIRTHDAY ...yaaaaaay... but I will have to wait until the holidays to get it :(

Anyway, I will enjoy the moment... all around a special day :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Qubex
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:32:10 AM

Indeed powerful... Highlander will love the multi-core push in this device, here is the specification list -

Here are the detailed specs, straight from Sony:

>> 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

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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wiiplay
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:34:42 AM

I didn't think the CPU and GPU were announced yet, or at least, it didn't appear on any of my sources.

Thanks for the info. :)

Here's a list of games, at least from what I can understand.

Hots shots golf, Gravity Daze, Killzone, Hustle Kings, Reality Fighters, Smart As, Broken, Little Big Planet, Little Deviants, Wipeout, Resistance, Uncharted, Monster Hunter, Yakuza 4, Metal Gear Solid: 4, Dungeon Defenders, Call Of Duty

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Shams
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:26:38 AM

Happy Birthday, Q! With news like this, I feel like it's my birthday, too!

Oh, and to all the trophy-harlots out there, google Sony's prerelease trailer on the NGP. You're in luck ;)

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Pandacastro
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:29:25 AM

Happy birthday qubex!!!

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spiderboi
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 6:53:27 AM

A very nice birthday indeed for Qubex. Great news! Happy Birthday!

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 8:03:05 AM

Happy b-day Q!

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The Doom
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 8:03:13 AM

@Qubex
Happy D-Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3Y24SNfH2Q

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shadowpal2
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 8:31:20 AM

Dude I was reading the live blog yesterday on 2 sites: IGN and Engadget.

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was like Sony listed to every single fan request and gave us the ultimate device we've all been waiting for.

If this goes for $500 I'm STILL BUYING THIS. HOLY SHIT THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. This is truly a revolution in portable gaming!

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Shams
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:51:11 AM

Did you check out the game demo with Shuhei Yoshida? Uncharted! Couldn't believe i was seeing it run on a handheld, and with touch screen and touch pad controls integrated. And I'm talking about ps3 performance (never mind the ps2 capacity that have been in speculation articles floating around here and there). I can say I was truly blown away.

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Qubex
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:01:55 AM

Thank you guys for all your wonderful birthday messages and support...

Best wishes to you all...

Received game vouchers for 2 games - I will get LA Noire and Killzone3... happy times ahead :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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StangMan80
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 6:19:56 PM

Happy Birthday peace

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BikerSaint
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:27:47 AM

OOPS,
Happy belated BD, Qubex!

Hope ya got everything you wanted, or at least needed.

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thepill
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:04:16 AM
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I am Drooling with excitement watching this blog! PRICE, PRICE, PRICE????

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:07:40 AM
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where can we see pictures of it

Last edited by BTNwarrior on 1/27/2011 1:07:57 AM

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thepill
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:10:43 AM

the blog is running live at endgadget.

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Kiryu
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:10:16 AM
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Uncharted on PSP2!
Yakuza on PSP2 with PS3 shaders shown!
Playstation Forever!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:11:16 AM
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A few new things- downloadable PSP games will run on the NGP, and with Sixaxis and convergence, you'll get into portable gaming like never before. :)

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thepill
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:14:59 AM

This is so awesome, I cant wait! Its just such a shame that we'll only be able to enjoy this for a year, I mean with the whole end of the world in 2012 thing. lol

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wiiplay
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:16:25 AM

Great, instead of a controller, I can throw my NGP into my plasma TV.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:52:20 AM

Nice. How much though!?

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faraga
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:46:05 PM

Will there also be a USB UMD add-on? That would make it perfect.

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YesterdysRising
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:11:39 AM
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I'm hoping $300-$350 but with all these features and things I'm reading about, I just don't see it being that low. I'm gonna get one anyways :)

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godsman
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:18:12 AM

I doubt NGP be $300+. The ipods already have most of these technologies and they sell for $200 with profit. A bigger screen, some buttons, and 3G should not cost more than another $100 to manufacture.

On top of that, Ipods rely mainly on hardware sales. Sony can take a hit if the price gets outrageous and make the money back on software sales.

I assume it'll be $249 to $299.

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Cesar_ser_4
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:03:27 AM

@godsman just like they did with the ps3

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packersfan66
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:08:12 AM

@ Godsman. ipods would make money off their hardware sales too wouldn't they, i mean the app store is huge

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YesterdysRising
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:51:45 AM

Well, I would think under $300 would be a good target for them to compete with the 3DS. Well, I don't feel like the ipod is a fair comparison. Ya, it has a lot of stuff it can do, but I feel like the NGP has a ton more technology in it. With an OLED touch screen, a rear touch pad and a 4 core processor, I think it will cost quite a bit to produce. I agree that they will try to make up the cost with the software. I feel like a strategy they are using to make money is by porting PS3 games to it. They said how it only took a couple weeks to port a demo over so maybe this way of porting is much cheaper than making a separate handheld game? I also wonder how much 3G will be and if they will do contracts for it like phones. Maybe if you lock into 3G for a certain amount of time, the device will be cheaper?

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Saffleur
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:17:25 AM
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$399 minimum probably more like $499 but I'll wait until 2012.

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:18:54 AM
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Apparently, the screen is 4x that of the PSP (i.e., 540p give or take). That sounds about right for 5" and will allow pixel-for-pixel on PS1 and PS2 games (and the 480p version of PS3 games).

Dual sticks...Sixaxis...480p (+) screen. I'd say this device fixes a lot of the PSP's shortcomings.

It still needs a cover to protect the screen.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:27:57 AM

960x544 res. It'll look very nice. Not the silly 1080p screen we read about some weeks ago, or 720p for that matter, but still very nice nonetheless ;)

And hey, some games like CoD could run at PS3 res on the PSP2. I think those render at like 550p.

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:32:56 PM

yah, they are sub-HD quality.

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:19:56 AM
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did they say if you can hook it up to your tv or not

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Nsho
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:20:39 AM
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this looks fake

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Kevadu
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:22:22 AM

It's an official announcement, not a rumour...yeesh.

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Catastrophe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:13:40 AM

trololol

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wiiplay
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:56:00 AM

I'll agree, it does 'look' fake.
It just looks way to futuristic to be real.

It's shiny, too.

(Sarcasm, except for the remark about it being shiny. I like shiny things)

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Kevadu
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:22:05 AM
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This thing is significantly bigger than the original PSP, for better or worse. Of course a lot of this is due to the bigger screen.

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godsman
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:25:10 AM

I think in terms of bulkiness, this might be a match to the original game gear.

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:23:29 AM
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The specs of the NGP is really amazing. I'm sure I'll get one eventually. I am very pleased they decided to use an OLED screen as it would definitely help with the battery life. Not to mention the display would look stunning!

Honestly, the NGP just made the 3DS seem underwhelming.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:24:48 AM

hehe yeah, 3DS is already last gen on arrival

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:26:51 AM

Let's see what that Pachter has to say after he goes through the specs of NGP. It's definitely going to offer a very different gaming experience to the 3DS.

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:28:09 AM

"3ds, now as powerfull as the psp" psp2 gets anounced, the higher ups at ninendo slam their fists against their desks and shout profanites.

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Shams
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:56:47 AM

Now who's playing with power!?! Sorry, that was a reference to motto that is clearly not in use anymore.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:24:43 AM
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Wow! Just wow! I guess I know what I'm asking for, for Christmas. I never thought I'd own a handheld. I mean I had a gameboy and gamegear as a kid, but I mean never had the urge to buy the psp or the ds, dsi, or the 3ds. This thing though, this thing has my jaw dropped. I really am interested in seeing what this thing can do in the future, as we get closer to a release!

So can someone tell me if you can somehow hook up your psp to the PS3 or even tv, to get playback through the tv? Part of the reason I don't own a psp is the small screen. I have terrible eyes and even though I'm nearsighted smaller screens still make me squint lol, and my eyes begin to hurt after a few. If not would this PSP2, or NGP rather be able to maybe?

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Clamedeus
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:40:35 AM

You might be able to hook it up to the TV, i know the PSP can do it i have the wire to do it with but sometimes it looks horrible.

The screen should be big enough to not have any problems with it, and the system it's self is more thick for better and longer gaming time.

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Qubex
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:30:17 AM
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I don't think Apple can compete with this now... never say never though!

I will definitely be buying this now!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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frylock25
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:35:28 AM
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"When we launched Peace Walker for PSP, this is what I said: In the near future there will be a world of cloud computing... I really believe that you can have a portable MGS and Peace Walker was an experiment for the cloud computing future. NGP allows this cloud computing."

"What I'd like to realize is playing on your PS3, and when you go out, you put the game on your NGP, and when you come back home, you can once again use your PS3 and large screen TV."

"This dream is going to come true in the near future. And right now, I'm working on this project of the dream. I'm sorry, I can't reveal this now. But we'd like to present what we're doing at E3"
-Kojima

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:38:25 AM

Oh, you beat me to it, frylock. LOL But yeah, cool feature, eh?

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Simcoe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:56:38 AM

This is exactly what I want in a portable system, to be able to start a game on the PS3, then continue the experience while away from home.

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:35:56 AM
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IGN also reported this: Kojima wants to create an experience where you can play something on the PS3, then put it on the NGP and take it with you and resume your experience.

Now THAT is something that I would definitely pay for! Imagine harvesting the planets in Mass Effect 2 on the go then putting all resources into the main game when you get home. WIN!!

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:34:50 AM

ninja'd by 28 seconds


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0_o
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:39:51 AM
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Wow...I'm so getting this! :)

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:43:13 AM
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Capcom, Koei, Konami, Sega, Epic and Activision all onstage at the conference - no doubt showing games and commitment.

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd - downloadable on NGP - being demo'd by Takeuchi-san from CapCom.

Apparently Takeuchi-san hasn't seen the game on a real unit before and is impressed by the visual quality and the feel/control of the analog sticks.

The analog stick in the NGP is a real analogy stick, it actually pivots instead of sliding. Much better feel and control.

Now they're showing Lost Planet running on the NGP. Seems like it's still being polished, but still looks good.

Capcom apparently has other games for NGP in the works.

Yakuza 4
Metal Gear game (MGS4) that uses the same models as MGS4 on PS3.
Kojima says he's working on a game that can be played on PS3 and NGP, so you can take your game with you. This new game will be revealed at E3.

Tim Sweeny presents Dungeon Defenders, previously developed for PS3, moved to NGP in a very short time. The game runs using Epic's Unreal Engine...on the NGP. Interesting...

Activision announces Call of Duty for NGP.

Talk of many more devs, with a list show including the likes of Rockstar.

Final mention of connectivity of some sort with PS3 - would have been shocked if it didn't...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:45:46 AM
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I'm going to bed, guys. You'll see an article on the PlayStation Suite and other little info tomorrow morning when I'm refreshed.

But by all means, keep talking. :)

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:49:05 AM

Good night =)
I live in PST so it's not even midnight here

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:49:49 AM

Gute nacht, Herr Dutka! LMAO

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Jed
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:08:12 AM

Goodnight Ben, I think I'll stick it out.

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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:56:02 AM
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I shall have this. First day. I like handheld gaming consoles that can connect to the web and stuff better than I like my phone that can connect to the web and stuff. Why? I hate cell phones. I hate texting, hate being texted, and I loathe being called at any moment or for any reason -- I worked in a phone bank once, and now, I hate phones.

They should just call the console Black Dynamite. 'Cause that's what it's lookin' like.

But... I'm also watching Black Dynamite as i write this, so I am quite biased.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:57:32 AM
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Here's a collected summary of the information I could gather from the first part of the presentation (as posted in another articles comment section by me).

Summary of tonight's Show from Sony...

"PlayStation Suite" mobile, cross platform gaming, PlayStation on Android.

So it looks like the PS Phone may not be the only option - or even a PlayStation Phone, more of an Xperia with PS-like controls designed to compliment PlayStation suite.

Looks like it's an official PS1 emulation for Android devices. It will also play new games developed for PlayStation Suite.

There's to be a PlayStation store for Android, and games arrive this year (well, it'd be a bit pointless to announce it now if not...).

Now on to NGP - aka PSP2. Specs;

OLED screen - ** 5-inches **
Twin analogs - micro-analog sticks(?)
Sixaxis motion sensing/control technology
front and rear cameras
touch pad on back
bigger screen
new game media
*Touch screen also*

3G and WiFi
flash memory based.
It looks like a honking big PSP.
Gyrosensor

More, courtesy of Frylock - GPS, front and rear touchpads, electronic compass on 3 axes.

The screen resolution is 960x544 - exactly half the resolution (horizontal and vertical) of 1080p. So it has about 1/4 of the number of pixels of a full HD TV - actually it works out at about 200 pixels per inch, which isn't far off laser printing resolution.

They show a picture of the new PSP in someone's hands, it looks about the same size as the original PSP, but the screen is 5-inches now.

New PSP's design is called super-oval. It's more rounded than the original PSP.

The system doesn't appear to slide open, and the controls are laid out roughly like a PSP except with a second analog mirroring the one on the left of the original PSP.

The rear touch panel is 5 inches on the diagonal - the same as the screen and it is set up so where you touch the panel is where you 'touch' the screen - 1-1 control so to speak.

The NGP (new PSP) looks a bit thinner than the original PSP, more like the current PSP-3000, but it's overall length and width are a bit larger.

New user interface called "Live Area".

Online friends information, tracking, in other words the kinds of things you expect now.

Seems to have a tag mode, and can sense when other players are near by, and what they are playing. Nice for ad-hoc mobile gaming.

The NGP will play anything playable in PlayStation Suite, so PlayStation suite is a platform independent virtual environment that allows any Android to play, as long as it meets the minimum specs.

NGP (aka PSP2) will also have trophies - yay....

Downloadable PSP titles will work on the NGP.

Available in the Holiday season 2011

They actually said PS3 quality graphics.

Launch(?) games mentioned....

Hot Shots Golf
Killzone
Garvity Daze
LBP
Uncharted!!!
Resistance
Wipeout
something called Little Deviants
Hustle Kings
Smart as Broken (???)

Uncharted! Looks like Drakes Fortune - ported. The trackpad on the back can be used to control Drake in the game.
...

The rest is in my post above.


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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:59:34 AM

Not enough techie detail. What CPU? What GPU? Memory?

Even so, it looks and sounds awesome, and I shall have to have one. As for Price? I'm gonna guess $250-$300. Depending on what the PS3 is selling for at the time.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:02:35 AM

No worries. IGN has the CPU and GPU

CPU: ARM Corte-A9 core (4 core)
GPU: SGX543MP4+

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:05:08 AM

Thanks Temjin!

Coolness

BlueTooth compatibility.

A Microphone too. Excellent.

A quad core CoretexA9 - Perhaps not the Tegra3 I've been talking about, but still a quad core A9 - just like Tegra3. That SGX543MP4+ GPU is no slouch either. Excellent.

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godsman
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:06:48 AM

I can see the NGP delivering good graphics. I'm not too concerned with the processors and memory. I'm interested in storage space, camera resolutions, and battery life.

I don't want any crappy DSi camera resolution.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:25:09 AM

The thing is, that the specs of this thing are an order of magnitude better than those of the 3DS. Nintendo is betting the DS farm on 3D. Sony is evolving their unit in the direction that the mobile industry in general is going. I know where my money is headed.

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ABUrabad
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:30:26 AM

I'm sure these are a very powerful specifications , but since I'm not a hardware expert as TheHighlander , still wondering is this as powerful as the PS3 or what?

and beside that there is just one down point for me since there is no mobile phone support for that , but still this would consider nothing for most others.

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Douchebaguette
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:32:03 PM

Loving the new interface. I wonder if they'll implement it in a PS3 update in the near future...

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godsman
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:01:13 AM
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OMG!! All the rumors came true!! I thought that maybe some of the specs were fake, but it's all here.... 3g, 5" OLED, new game format, rear touch... EVERYTHING!

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:05:42 AM
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Sorry for the many posts, but I thought I'd throw this into the discussion anyway.

I really hope that the NGP would have multiple layers of security so that it would take those damned hackers their entire lifetime to compromise the system. I don't want the NGP to suffer the same fate that the PSP did!

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godsman
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:10:15 AM

I think if they can manage to make the security updates in NGP like the 3DS, where the updates are transferred from player to player like viruses. I'll be happy with it.

I know your frustrations. I don't want to pay games and see others play for free. If I pay... everyone should pay too.

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:30:33 AM

It's not necessarily my biggest concern, godsman. I am more after the developers getting what is due to them. I can only imagine how much devs are spending to create the games I enjoy. Not to mention how tough it is to come up with bright ideas and actually transform them into the finalized games.

The problem with the PSP is that it was compromised way too early and, whether we would like it or not, a lot of people chose to be cheap. As a result, developers and publishers do not get paid for their work and so they tend to shy away from the system.

I am hoping that a similar scenario would be avoided completely with the NGP. I am sure that Sony had this as one of their biggest considerations for the NGP. I am just hoping that they have a failsafe to turn to.

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HUSO
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:15:58 AM

I think the decision to use a completely new mobile gaming platform is Sony's first step to deter the hackers.

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Jed
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:05:53 AM
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Oh my god I'm pumped about this thing. I never ever thought the "ps3 quality graphics" would be true, but Uncharted?!!! Seriously?!!

I knew we would have dual analog, I'm glad they look more like sticks than nubs, and the touch screen was a given (the screen seems kind of big, but don't get me wrong, it sounds good). Touch sensing on the back, I never would have seen that coming.

I'm curious about the "new game media", and what that will be like, and thinking about the price has me scared. Nonetheless, I can't wait to feel what it's like to have the world in my hands. Santa knows what I want for Christmas.


P.S. Think of me screaming for joy as you read this, because that's how I wrote it.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:10:35 AM

They don't just look like sticks, they are analog sticks, not a slider based system at all.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:05:57 AM
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I was hoping for PS2 games to be announced for PSN.. but maybe that's too soon

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:11:34 AM

I don't think PS2 games are coming via emulation this generation. Otherwise Sony wouldn't be putting money into re-implementing games with HD makeovers. Wanna bet that many of those remakes make it to the NGP too?

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Jed
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:13:19 AM

That would be the cherry on top.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:14:10 AM
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Dear Microsoft,
Better come out with something quick. Sony's taken 10 steps ahead and isn't even tempted to look back at its competition.

This is some pretty big news. However, it's not necessarily making me really excited like I know it should... Handhelds have always been a very low secondary when it comes to gaming for me, but maybe this little guy will change that? I'm really hoping so - I need some good portable entertainment.
As for the price? My wallet is already crying for everything else this year. I'd give it a good $400 or more.

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Pandacastro
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:32:36 AM
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I'm guessing around $250-400. It would also be cool if we could chat with people on the ps3 using the camera and also go to home.

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:43:11 AM

If they ever put Skype on the PS3, you could cross-system chat.

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Yukian
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:48:10 AM
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Umm... so the software will be completely digital, then? Bummer... :/

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:44:18 AM

Uh... no. It's a new media format, apparently based on memory sticks. No UMD for this bad boy.

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:46:02 AM

ALL current software is digital (i.e., not analog).

But no, it's not download-only, as Lawless said.

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Strife
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:04:04 AM
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Can't wait!!!! It can do everything the iPhone can do and alot more since it has a touch pan on the back and dual joysticks and buttons. First time i've really been excited about a PSP update since the original launch.

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Shams
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:06:57 AM
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When I hear about the touch pad, the first thing I think of is the closest thing to mouse support, and FPS's.

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Kiryu
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:15:10 AM

Fps's on a portable system.
Only by Sony.

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Shams
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:27:27 AM

...haha, and trophy-support, too! Google Sony's trailer, and you'll see what I mean.

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HUSO
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:19:14 AM
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I was kinda looking forward to the designs floating around on the internet. Lets just hope this isn't the final design of the retail version. But atleast the specs completely makes up for any design shortcomings.

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kraygen
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:27:11 AM
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I could do without the touch screens and I'm sad I can't use my psp games. Guess I won't be buying any more psp games.

That being said, I still can't wait to buy one! I really want games that I can play on my ps3, then load onto my NGP and take it with me.

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:49:12 AM

Or maybe you can just buy the PSP games you want from the PlayStation Store since Sony confirmed you can play these games on the NGP. At least you don't miss out that way. But I agree, too bad about those that you have in UMD format.

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Dancemachine55
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 6:49:49 AM

Just traded my PSP slim and all my UMD games in anticipation of this announcement.

I'm very glad I did now. Seeing all this incredible machine can do, no going back.

If all the PS1 and PSP games I've bought off the PSN work on this thing from day 1, I've already got about 12 games on it!!!

I say Sony should advertise the massive launch library of games on PSN this thing has the moment you turn it on. Biggest launch in history I say.

And judging from the specs, game demos and level of support, I say Sony has learnt their mistakes of the past. Forget the 3DS, NGP IS the future of portable gaming. iPhone and 3DS have nothing on this!!!

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kraygen
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:16:26 PM

This is true, I guess instead of no more psp games, only digital psp games. Hey so I have to buy a couple more 8 GB memory sticks, big deal.

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johnld
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:45:46 AM
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hearing about uncharted on the psp2 might get me interested in buying it. i hope its not part of the main storyline though, i prefer the main story on my ps3 and on the big screen. i dont like playing on small screens which is one of the reasons i dont do portable gaming anymore.

although the price has to be right for me to get it. i just find it irritating that the newest psp iteration was 50 dollars lower than the ps3 price. if the pspgo was at that price, then i believe the psp2 is going to be around the ps3 price or maybe more. this psp2 better not be another "you'll want to get a second job to get it" or whatever the hell kutaragi stated.

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:52:03 AM

Agreed, johnld. But I really wouldn't mind if the NGP would cost $400 at launch. Yes it is very steep for a portable, but it's worth it just for the specs and its capabilities alone. The software side would definitely have to am up their game and justify the price tag. The hardware looks solid already, at least to me.

With that said, I do hope that the NGP would not cost $400 at launch. $250 to $300 would be great, though Sony would obviously be bleeding on every unit sold.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:51:12 AM
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All I have to say is seven shades of awesome. Some of the games for this sound really good, and it's great to see that there is a good mix of old and new IPs being lined up already, as well as support from a whole bundle of dev companies. If that CoD is good, then I can imagine this selling like all hell.

The specs are a marvel though. Sixaxis, dual touch screens and cameras, a microphone, this thing is going to have so many ways to input commands that devs are going to have a hard time finding a balance methinks. Sony have really stepped it up, and more than brought the competition to Nintendo. Portable gaming at its finest.

It only does console quality graphics, a constant connection to the internet through 3G compatability, cross-platform play with the PS3, trophies and don't even get me started on the games.
It only does EVERYTHING... except phone calls :P
Sony, and PSXExtreme, you have truly made my day. I hope my elation will carry through to tomorrow.
Peace and blessings to one and all.

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Culoslap
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:57:36 AM
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I start a new job on Monday. Looks like I have something to save for.

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A2K78
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:15:10 AM
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A $500 portable with ports? I'll say this, but don't expect nothing original other than ports.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 5:06:55 AM

Uh... some of the games that have been announced are clearly not ports... And people call 'Blank Line' a troll.

Gravity Daze
Little Deviants
Smart as Broken

There's at least three, and while they may be in pre-existing IPs, there are other titles announced that most certainly will NOT be ports. There's a difference between that and a new iteration in an established franchise.

As for your other comment, again Sony has been turning a small profit on each PS3 sold for a while now. The majority of their profits come from software sales, but Sony won't be stupid enough to make the Codename: NGP over $400USD. Even if it means losing a ton of money for each unit sold, they know it has to priced competitively with the 3DS to have any real impact in the market. Besides, considering much of what is in the unit is still largely young hardware, the development price should drop swiftly enough for Sony to offer a $50 price cut within the first year of release.
'Requiescat in Pace.'

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___________
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 2:40:13 AM

what!
dont be ridiculous!
of course theres going to be ports, but there will be plenty of new games too.
the uncharted and resistance games are totally new games built for the new device.

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A2K78
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:29:36 AM
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"With that said, I do hope that the NGP would not cost $400 at launch. $250 to $300 would be great, though Sony would obviously be bleeding on every unit sold"

Sony is still bleeding from the PS3 and at the moment it clearly doesn't help the fact that a strong yen is already hitting thier profits. With all this in mind, those expecting a platform under $500 is are going to be disappointed. If anything the age of cheap gaming platforms are OVER.

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Underdog15
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:01:00 AM

"Sony is still bleeding from the PS3"

This sentence is simply not true.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:29:27 AM

And the age of borderline-communist whiners is very much here.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:35:41 AM

Still bleeding from the PS3

Are you joking?

Check your facts....
Sony has already stated that they've made a small profit on each & every single PS3 slim made, ever since it came out last year.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 1:02:17 AM

OPPS, my statement was off....

Sony stated that they were only taking a $44 hit on the new Slims when they first came out, but I'm sure they got it whittled down to zero by now.

But even if they are still taking that $44 dollar loss on on the consoles, they've more than made up for it 10-fold with all the games, Home products, PSN, & Plus memberships, etc.

So taking that loss would up to be a very savvy idea indeed on Sony's part.

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Beamboom
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 5:20:49 AM
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Sold.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 5:57:48 AM
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Oh yes, it's shaped just like the original PSP, fantastic choice. Will i buy one, questionable on two aspects:

1. Price.... I'm a student.

2. Games, while you mentioned all them games they're all PS3 games, i will want unique games for the system.

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tridon
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 6:05:17 AM
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This looks amazing, but I'm unsure how SixAxis would work with a portable. With a regular DualShock3 controller, you're tilting it around while looking at a separate screen on your television. With the NGP, you'll be tilting and the image will be going with it. It may be a little hard to follow for some. Nevertheless, though, this sounds insane! I'm hoping it receives some Metal Gear love. That may be my deciding factor between this and the 3DS.

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tridon
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 6:07:33 AM

I was just thinking, too... I don't know if I'd be able to buy a new portable this year since I'm already saving up a trip to the New York Comic Con, shooting my own independent film, the new line of ThunderCats toys that are coming and popping a certain question to a certain lady of mine. It's going to be a pricey year, indeed.

Why can't money trees exist? :(

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TheShadow
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:00:45 AM

just head to your local money tree lol.

But yeah, so much money I need this year and thats not even including psp2, ps3 games this year+ psp2 and games....uh, someone call a doctor NOW, or better yet a money expert.

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FreQaZoiD
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:19:32 AM
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What do I do with all the freakin' UMD's I have!?! I don't want to have to buy GOW:GOS again! And all those $3 movies I picked up when Circuit City went kaput...

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:19:34 PM

Ummmm...play them on the system for which you bought them?

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BikerSaint
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:40:00 AM

How about keeping that PSP you already have, just for those UMDs too.

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slugga_status
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:36:14 AM
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I'm not too big on portable gaming..But after seeing this..I need NGP...Not even a second thought about it. It's a must have.

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swapnilgyani
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:37:02 AM
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Soooooooo bright....soooooo beautiful

Aaaaahh....the preciousssssss!

It's oursssssss, it is....and we wantssssss it

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Dancemachine55
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:49:48 AM
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Looks like there are a number of issues between must-buy and wait-and-see customers.

1. Price

Looking at the tech, I believe Sony may have done something clever and implemented a lot of cheaper parts that when put together make a greater whole. Multi-touch technology has come down quite a lot with the mass production of smartphones, so the front and rear touch pads wouldn't be too expensive.
The processor and GPU/CPU components would certainly be the most expensive, but for portable PS3 graphics, I say it would be worth it. A second analog stick, 3G and wifi built in, not overly expensive.
Altogether I say this piece of high-end tech might run around $349, with a small loss on each unit for Sony in it's first production year. This would make it only $100 more than the 3DS, and with all the extra tech and power within it, I'd say it'd be a smart move on Sony.

2. Games

This will be the biggest battle for Sony.
The 3DS already has a very impressive lineup, with the likes of Resident Evil, Mario Kart 3D, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Starfox 3D, MGS 3 Snake Eater, Street Fighter 3D, Nintendogs + Cats, Professor Llayton, etc. As you can see, nearly all these games are sequels, Nintendo franchise icons or N64 3D ports.
I'm sure that Sony will be able to find a few killer apps for this new gaming platform, and using LBP, Uncharted, Killzone and announcing a CoD on announcment day shows promise.
It is quite clear though that Nintendo has the advantage with many games aimed at children and a huge back catalogue of franchises and games to fall back on for 3DS content. Portable gaming devices are very popular with children, so I think it would be in Sony's best interest to focus on more children's games for the NGP to rival 3DS. Catering to the adult crowd with mature games like Killzone, Uncharted and Call of Duty will do well, but it won't match the King of handhelds.

3. Controls

The 3DS has one analog slider, making FPS' really difficult to play on it. The 3DS has a bottom touch screen which (as far as I know) requires a stylus to use taking up one hand, meaning one less hand to press buttons.
Like the 3DS, the NGP also has 4 face buttons and L+R top triggers or buttons, and a D-pad. But the NGP goes many steps further for ultimate precision.
The NGP has 2 analog sticks like the Dual Shock controller, meaning any game that plays on a console can play on this. FPS' like Call of Duty would work very well on NGP.
The touch pads, both front and rear, are finger-based and don' require a stylus or pen. This makes rapid transition from touching the screen to pressing buttons much faster and much more fluid.
The rear touch pad is where the NGP shines though. Being able to press exactly the point you want on screen but without your fingers being in the way opens up a lot of gaming and on-screen action oppurtunities few touch-screen devices can do well.

4. Tech

Clearly, the NGP is the winner here.
With a much higher RAM, video and data processing power and higher screen resolution than the 3DS, all games will look better.
The 3DS compares itself to the PS2, but the NGP compares itself to the PS3. If you're after a next-gen gaming system with great graphics, NGP is the best option, no argument.

5. Service

The 3DS has wifi support for downloading games and other content. NGP has Wifi service as well, but goes one step further by adding 3G service similar to mobile phones. This means that wherever there is mobile phone service coverage, even if there's no wifi or computer miles around you, you can still play online and download content. Sure, 3G service might cost a little extra, but for constant online connection, it may well be worth it. Depends on how often you'd use it.

Summary:

The NGP is already looking very promising. Price might be the major hurdle for this new device to get over, much like the PS3 when it launched. The number of AAA titles along with their targeted audiences between the 3DS and the NGP will be the major war for supremacy. With Nintendo's long history and back catalogue, it has a huge advantage over Sony, but if Sony continues to focus on increasing the game library as much and as fast as possible, it may put up a good fight. Just increase the number of children's titles, buy a lot more popular children's franchises and market it towards the kids.
Exclusive games may be the big deal breaker here. The 3DS is using a lot of Mario, Zelda and other franchises all available on other Nintendo platforms at one time or another. If the NGP can introduce new and exclusive games for the NGP only, this may persuade many towards it. So far, there are little to no new IPs for the 3DS, only franchises and remakes. The NGP could steal the show in this area if Sony play it right.

Personally, I'm going to wait a year or two after the launch of both 3DS and NGP for either a 2nd gen NGP which is smaller or more affordable, or a 2nd gen 3DS. When both come out, I will observe the library of games for both systems along with the price difference and amount of use I would get out of either system, along with which unit has the strongest library of games that I would get the most entertainment from.
With 8 PS1 games and about a dozen PSP demos and full games stored on my PS3, the NGP already has a big advantage in my eyes.

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sha4dowknight05
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:33:33 AM

you are probably right 350 a pop wouldn't be considering all of it's features, but my question other then price would be, how durable is it? With a very powerful cpu and gpu capable of making ps3 graphics to a point, what kind of cooling system will be implanmented into it? will the chips overheat and get a ylod problem???

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Simcoe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:15:28 AM

I did read that they abandoned an early pspgo-style slider design due to over-heating issues.

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Qubex
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:05:18 PM

I don't know... I will put my Q-head on the block and say $249 or $299.

Sony can't be arrogant about this because the 3DS is going to be on a selling spree and have a lot of momentum.

If the PSP2 is secure this time around - and Sony calculate they will be making more money from their full price game offerings than before, with a higher sell through rate; they may feel they can "subsidize" the hardware to some degree and sell it at a very competitive price.

Can't discount competition from Apple and Nintendo... these competitors will keep Sony honest...

Yes, I love life ...and competition... power to the consumer...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:51:02 AM
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OMG

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airwedge1
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:52:39 AM
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Was anything said about any type of physical media?

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:34:42 AM

I think I read something about it being flash based. No UMD

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Simcoe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:33:03 AM

Playstation blog:
"Software titles on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards"

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Simcoe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:34:01 PM

Photo of new flash media:
http://bit.ly/eBndjY

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Looking Glass
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:58:12 AM
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Sony's really going all out this time.

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 8:40:56 AM
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I cannot effing wait :D

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matt99
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 8:54:45 AM
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Sounds awesome, the only downside is that we have to wait 'til the holidays.

Also maybe the CoD that's supposedly coming for the NGP is the one sledgehammer was working on?

And Uncharted? I'm sold.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:33:47 AM
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I'm surprised by how powerful this thing is. I guess they had MGS4 running on it with character models and BG's taken straight from the PS3 version.
That's intense.
I'm glad Sony is sticking to the premium end of consumer entertainment with a gamer focus by offering bleeding edge technology that no one else is trying to compete with.

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Shams
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:53:22 AM

You can check out the game demo presentation with Yoshida-san, on N4G. Uncharted will blow you away. And Wipeout has once again sealed the deal with me for yet another Sony system.

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0_o
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:40:50 AM
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How long will the battery life last?! o_O

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:44:12 AM

I think 4-5 hours... I'm sure that's variable based on what you're doing

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Simcoe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:31:02 AM

Probably comes later on, depends on optimization of the code. Probably worked on more as the launch date approaches.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:15:09 PM

Battery life will be the same as the original PSP.

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Kai200X
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:44:31 AM
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What a sexy beast!

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:47:08 AM
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I'm pretty certain the GPU is also quad core. That's a total of 8 cores. Hardcore! =p

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Robochic
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:56:32 AM
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this is sweet, i'll wait for pricing but I know what I'll ask for this christmas :)

I'd buy it but I'm buying my son the new nintendo 3ds in march. My son says he loves basic games only on the dsi and he only plays amazing games on his ps3 oh did I say he's six

For this I know I've been holding off for a reason for a new psp, thanks Sony :)

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sha4dowknight05
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:05:00 AM
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Wow I think this looks a littel bit ugly bu tthat's only because i'm not used to it. I remember seeing the ds and not liking it but eventually i got used to it, I mean orignal ds. However, I wonder what the price range for all this awesoemness? And i think activison will bring call of duty to this, so a bunch of xbots will finally shut up and buy one of these to play cod on the go.

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packersfan66
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:11:07 AM
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This looks unreal, I Dunno if i really need it though, I already spend a lot of time in front of my ps3..

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White_Mocha
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 6:47:31 PM

one of the cool features about the NGP is that it will (hopefully in time) let you save data from your PS3 to your NGP and continue playing when you leave.

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ZettaiSeigi
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 2:12:07 AM

@White_Mocha:
It's not a feature, but it's something that can be done by the NGP. The game should support having a portable version or an optional part of the game that you can install on the NGP and play while you're on the go. It's an excellent idea, in my opinion, but it's not something that would be supported out of the box by the hardware alone.

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Amazingskillz
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:27:46 AM
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Okay...here's a few questions, and please forgive me if they are stupid.
1. Can you access Playstation Home on it?
2. Can you stream Vudu and Netflix?
3. What form do new games come on. Are they download only?
4. What about Skype?
5. I have no interest in playing old games that I've beaten on it such as Uncharted etc. What new games are coming out.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:04:52 AM

Games will come on something like a MemoryStick. Don't know about Home, but I wouldn't be surprised, it's certainly powerful enough to manage it. Video services may well come along too, it is certainly capable of that.

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Simcoe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:26:21 AM

Playstation blog is reporting that software titles will be sold "on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards".

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Qubex
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:09:21 PM

Surely HOME would be possible... why not have a portable version of it???

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Scarecrow
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:32:09 AM
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Bought

PSN games playable on this (hopefully) YES!
Regardless of what games come out for it, I must get this.

jrpgs on this is a pure guarantee, even if just imports.

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:29:31 PM

If they announce that the PSN games that I have already bought for my PS3 (as opposed to the PS1/PSP games which have been announced as compatible) will be playable on the NGP without my having to repurchase them, the NGP goes from "eventually buy" to D1P.

Talk about an amazing launch line-up.

It would also greatly affect how much I would be willing to pay for it, because I wouldn't have to buy any games for it at launch.

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Amazingskillz
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:33:52 AM
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Oh also, what about multiplayer gaming?

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:56:51 AM

What about it? The NGP has it covered from multiple angles.

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A2K78
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:36:26 AM
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"Sony is still bleeding from the PS3"

This sentence is simply not true."

The only thing Sony have managed to do in terms of the PS3's profitability is lessen the loss they are taken with the console, but when you look beyond the corporate spin they are still loosing money from the console.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:54:34 AM

No, they're not.
The console itself breaks even, and when you include the revenue generated by games and accessories (which is an integral part of the business model of the PS3, as it was for the PSP, PS2 and PS1) the PS3 is actually profitable right now. It hasn't wiped the ledger clean of the cost of development yet, but considering that it was also the driver behind BluRay and much of the HD adoption we've seen. Sony has seen a decent return on their investment. Your problem is that the facts don't match your attitude, but you're unwilling to see or admit that.

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Underdog15
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 3:02:57 PM

When I said it simply isn't true, it wasn't an opinion of mine. It's the way it is.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:45:43 AM
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Just a few hardware notes.

The Quad core CortexA9 CPU is 4 ARM cores, ARM is a very high performance, very low power consumption processor. Apparently the one inside the NGP/PSP2 is theoretically capable of up to 2GHz, but is likely clocked lower than that. These processors can dynamically change their clock to much lower clock speeds when the system load is light to save power.

There are a few quad core A9 designs around, but not really in mass production yet. Texas instruments makes a product called the OMAP4440, which is a dual core A9 at 1.5GHz with a single PowerVR SGX540 GPU core embedded within it. The OMAP4440 is the top of the range in TI's line of A9 based System on a Chips. The NGP/PSP2 is clearly a lot more powerful than that.

The PowerVR SGX543MP4+ is a 4 core multi-processor version of the PowerVR SGX540. The basic GPU core is a good one, but there are several really nice features for a mobile device. It uses very little power, the performance of the multi-core versions scales linearly with the number of cores, in other words 4 cores really are 4 times faster than one. This is not just a GPU, it's a GP-GPU (General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit), in other words, it's capable of being more than simply a graphics processor. I'd love to see how that shakes out in the design of games. Lastly, the SGX543MP4+ can dynamically allocate it's resources as required, so maximum performance or the minimum power is always maintained.

So, you have a system with 4 ARM A9 cores running with a quad core GP-GPU. The clock speeds will vary dynamically as needed by games, and Sony may well have a software limiter to maintain battery life. This may not be a 3.2GHz 8 core CellBE with a desktop GPU, but it's definitely an 8 core system with power to spare. Considering that games on it will run at about half 720p resolution, or a quarter of 1080p resolution, the processor/GPU needs scale pretty well from a PS3. That's not to say that the NGP is as powerful as a PS3 in terms of sheer computing power. But for the size and resolution of the screen, it pretty much is as powerful as a PS3. Think of it in terms of a large family car with a big engine and a small, light sports car. Both cars might have the same top speed, but that family car can hit 140MPH fully loaded with 5 passengers and their luggage. The sports car can't carry that much of a load, and if you do manage to load it with 5 passengers and their luggage, it certainly won't hit 140MPH. But with two passengers and their bags, it hits 140 with no problem.

That's how I would describe the relationship between the NGP and the PS3. The PS3 is fundamentally more powerful, but the NGP can manage the same kinds of things that the PS3 can, but at a lower resolution.

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Shams
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:00:29 AM

Well said.

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Qubex
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:08:31 PM

Indeed... well written... nice description of the tech Highlander, and thanks for taking the time writing it...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Scarecrow
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:42:34 PM

I demand a Crash Bandicoot game for psp2

Neo..........CORTEX

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Kai200X
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:46:09 PM

Yup! argh.. what he said :P

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t4_robz
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:49:31 AM
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the picture for the new PSP "NGP" looks really bad! it looks super cartoony

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:56:12 AM

There are better pictures, 1up has a decent selection.

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Simcoe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:57:47 AM

The best, highest resolution pics can be found on flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/playstationblog/

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city96
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:54:17 AM
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I'm going to wait a year for the Slim NGP lol
This sets the bar for handhelds. Even Iphone4 and all those androids don't have quad cores. Hell , they don't have dual cores

The new PS Store Android Market thing sounds cool.

BUT what will happen to my PSP 1000 :(

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Dancemachine55
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 6:56:49 PM

Do what I did. Trade your PSP and all your UMD games before they become almost worthless.

With this tech coming out, Sony is supporting PSP through downloadable software but no longer supporting UMD, which I think is a good idea.

With about 80% of PSP games on the PSN, there's really no need to hang on to the old fella. Flash card based games is a stroke of genius and completely scraps the idea of disc-based media, which brings down some costs even further.

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Amazingskillz
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:00:41 AM
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I personally think that the Iphone and PSP2 are two different animals that should not be compared to each other. One's a phone with some games, the others a superpowered gaming device.

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Simcoe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:17:18 AM

If you're going to want games on a phone, look for "Playstation certified" Android phones!

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:16:48 PM

Somehow I doubt my Moto Droid 1 will be on that list. But the Xperia has PS like controls, so that may be worth it just for the additional control options in PlayStation Suite products.

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Simcoe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:52:36 PM

Haven't read anything else about Playstation certified phones, nothing about hardware requirements.

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Amazingskillz
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:02:21 AM
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By the way Highlander ....I see red, blue,orange and blond. Where's the brunette?

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:06:22 AM

LOL! Well, Hmmm....in theory Shion has brown hair. But....perhaps there is room for another.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:51:24 PM

Indeed. :)

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TheShadow
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:16:54 AM
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I not the biggest fan of handheld, I'm more of a console player, I like the big screen a lot more then the small screen, easier to see, but this might be a great buy for me just one problem MONEY.

2011: Ps3 LONG list of exclusive titles+ multiplats (I get more Exclusives then multiplats)+ Psp2 at about 250-350 price (more around 300 I think)+ games.....AAAAAAH, why sony why.

WHY. Damm sony is going to rob me blind and I won't even know it, you buy one game or two a month+ psp2 and games and by the end of the year your broke.

I'm still thinking of getting a portable because I not sure if im interested That much in it, I mean it looks cool, and games are sweet but the screen being small is A big NO-No for me, even if I don't get it, Sony delivers, Oh! and anybody getting the psp2 and buying a lot of games for ps3 this year I have 5 words for ya:

You better rob a bank.

Just kidding but yeah Sony delivers wether portably or at home. I hope anybody who gets the psp2 make sure to do a review for me.

Ps. See ya I'm going to go smack some helghast in Home see ya there.

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Dancemachine55
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:07:49 PM

With a screen resolution of 960 x 544 on a 5 inch screen size, it's actually better than playing PS3 games on a standard def TV.

If you can play PS3 on standard def TV, than there is no excuse in regards to screen size or detail when playing the NGP.

BTW, the more I read about this thing, the more I want it. This is a major game changer for Sony. Only thing I'm hoping is that it's hack proof for a good many years. Pirates killed the PSP, and I certainly hope they don't kill this thing.

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TheShadow
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:29:57 PM

I know, but I don't have the best vision and looking at a 5" screen will not be good on my eyes, I have a 32" at home so to me thats a big difference.

I used to have a DS and It hurt to look at it for a while, and it really hurt my head as well.

thats pretty much it, the portable is looking sweet though

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Simcoe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:11:33 PM
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For those that have seen the pics (search playstationblog on flickr), it looks like there are two covered ports on the top, next to power and volume; one covered port on the bottom. Also on the bottom a headphone jack and either a full size usb port or some new proprietary port.

Top covered ports could be for sd/memory stick or new flash memory-based card. Covered bottom one for...charging? Or would charging be via other exposed port?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:20:58 PM
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I wanna finger this thing.

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:35:30 PM

Be gentle. She may be fast, but she's also still young.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:59:49 PM

hehe

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crokett
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:11:22 PM
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This is what i have been dreaming about a PS3 in my hands.

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StangMan80
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 6:25:10 PM

Yes, It is very much like having a OS3 in your hands. Dream come true :)

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:52:13 PM
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Sh!t, I would love to own a PSP2 (NPG). Never owned a PSP before and I really would love to be able to play the portable PSP games that I had my eye on for a long time. 5" screen is a good size, I seen good GPS's for that size. Hope the price won't break the bank. I'm not on the teching side but these specs sound powerful.

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StangMan80
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 6:22:38 PM
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oh man this sounds sweet! I want one. I knew uncharted was coming to the PSP2, I knew it :)
big selling point having Uncharted on the PSP2 and it should be the same version as the PS3 one, just different controls.

price, will not be over $250, if so, big mistake
The 3DS is at $250. and the only "new" thing about that is it now has 3D. SOny needs to get the price right, find the sweet spot for it sony like you did with the PS3 but only this time on Launce.

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Douchebaguette
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:44:50 PM
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Whoah, they did everything right. Without spoils. Infact they added more. Blew me away. Shall be a D1P.

Too bad I also need a phone. If only the NPG had a SIM insert. The Xperia Play is looking alot less desirable now [even though the two aren't really comparible] =\. I reckon more people wanted a PSP with a phone, not a phone with a PSP. Ah well. I could get a contract. Or get over the smartphone craze & buy a practical phone for the sake of actually ringing & texting folks necessarily.

The 3DS may have a hard time xD.

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sirbob6
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:54:38 PM
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Damn that's one sexy machine.

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Rogueagent01
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 9:53:14 PM
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This device simply blows me away! I have never enjoyed playing handhelds as my neck and eyes eventually get sore, but with everything I'm seeing from this that may longer be an issue. And with the potential existing library of games that it will hopefully support this may be a day 1 buy for me.

The only mistep I can see Sony making now is the purchase price. I think $300 would be reasonable.

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Bloodysilence19
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:19:31 PM
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NGP=Nintendo Got Pwned

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___________
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 2:42:26 AM
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:(
there go my hopes of syphon filter coming back to the ps3.
come on sony, for crying out loud, stop wasting sony bends time on stupid portable games and let them play with the big boys!
biggest waste of a studios talent since M$ bought rare and put them to work on that kinect game!

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Ninja_WafflesXD
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 12:11:34 PM
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Well, I know what's on my wish-list for Christmas XD

I wasn't really interested in the psp-go but this new handheld literally has me drooling (no joke).

I haven't been this excited since the PS3 launched....Ah, Sony is just too good :)
Only hope that they get the price right....I'm still just a student XP

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