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Introducing the Next Generation of Portable Gaming

Jack Tretton's Avatar + Posted by Jack Tretton on Jan 26, 2011 // President & CEO

PlayStation fans across North America will be waking up to some exciting news tomorrow. At PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Japan a few moments ago, Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, SCEI, introduced the world to the newest addition to the PlayStation product family and the future of portable gaming: currently codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable).

Next Generation Portable

Next Generation Portable: FrontNext Generation Portable: Rear

When PSP first launched in 2005 in North America it changed the way people thought of portable gaming and raised expectations in regards to the variety and quality of games users expected to access while on the go. It has since become the go-to handheld entertainment system for more than 64 million users who seek home entertainment quality games along with access to their music, movies, photos and more.

With NGP we carry on this rich history of redefining industry standards and raising the bar for consumer expectations for what portable gaming can deliver. Designed to blur the lines between interactive entertainment and reality, the NGP will offer Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity. The 5-inch OLED front multi-touch display will bring brilliant images to life and the multi-touch pad on the rear will allow users to engage with the game and characters with a simple movement of their fingertips. Additionally, services created specifically for NGP will be available on PlayStation Network. These services are designed help users take their gameplay, as well as interaction with other gamers, to new levels.

Next Generation Portable

While we here at PlayStation are thrilled to bring this cutting-edge technology to your fingertips, we all know that content is critical to the success for all of our platforms. I’m pleased to share that your favorite franchises will be coming to NGP, including Uncharted and Call of Duty. We are working with our extensive network of 3rd party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios to create experiences unlike anything else on the market.

Also announced this evening was PlayStation Suite, an entirely new initiative from PlayStation that will provide fans with the opportunity to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system for the first time in PlayStation history. PlayStation Suite will work with Android based, “PlayStation Certified” portable devices – including mobile phones, smart-phones, and tablet PCs – to offer “PlayStation quality” content to users worldwide. In addition to providing a selection of PS one Classics, we are also working with developers to create new and exciting content that will be available on both PlayStation Certified devices and the new NGP when it comes to market

I think you will agree that the incredible momentum behind PlayStation continues to grow with each passing year. While 2010 was record breaking thanks to an unsurpassed line-up of award winning AAA software, the introduction of 3D entertainment into millions of homes and the launch of our incredibly successful PlayStation Move motion controller, 2011 is already shaping up to be one of our biggest years yet.

Thanks,
Jack Tretton

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+ poweredbyzen on January 27th, 2011 at 6:18 am said:

finally, some new stuff!


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+ wooster6 on January 27th, 2011 at 6:21 am said:

why can’t it be released now!!


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+ Frejim on January 27th, 2011 at 6:21 am said:

EPIC!


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+ Reginthorn on January 27th, 2011 at 6:24 am said:

Can’t wait!


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+ Icestar10 on January 27th, 2011 at 6:33 am said:

I can’t wait for it! :D I’s got a lot of nice features. I am also glad it’s backwards compatible with PSP1 games downloaded from the PSN store, too! Thanks Sony! :D


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+ lpguycu on January 27th, 2011 at 6:34 am said:

Wow I love you Sony! Always coming out with the bleeding edge tech for gamers. Love ya.


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+ Nibeltos on January 27th, 2011 at 6:37 am said:

A must have!


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+ joeysnotcr on January 27th, 2011 at 6:38 am said:

YOU’RE AMAZING SONY! :D


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+ Maddog53014 on January 27th, 2011 at 6:39 am said:

you had me at PS1. Been hooked since.


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+ Wipeoutt31 on January 27th, 2011 at 6:42 am said:

That’s all fine and good, Jack. But what does KB have to say about this?


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+ Icestar10 on January 27th, 2011 at 6:45 am said:

I am really excited! Keep up the good work, Sony!


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+ liquidtwinsnake on January 27th, 2011 at 6:54 am said:

this is way better than the ”3DS”… This is an automatic 10 out of 10 reward. Sony keep up with the good work!!!


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+ jms30 on January 27th, 2011 at 7:00 am said:

The device looks great! My only concern is will the content on this device be the same as the PSP GO and have to be downloaded? Will it be a UMD free device? My entire gaming collection is UMD based and I don’t care to have to replace all of them. If it is that is more than enough to keep me from buying it.


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+ Link01 on January 27th, 2011 at 7:14 am said:

I love you guys.. I do want to see some games running on it though :D


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+ Lasani on January 27th, 2011 at 7:15 am said:

What will be the price


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+ memoymeli on January 27th, 2011 at 7:18 am said:

I hope it supports Google and it’s apps; such as calendar, search engine, and other great Google apps. ;>)


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+ Elvick_ on January 27th, 2011 at 7:27 am said:

Can’t wait for a price and the final name.


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+ tony_deception on January 27th, 2011 at 7:28 am said:

yeah PlayStation ….. keep em coming ….. man i love u guys :'( play-station is the best ……


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+ SpikeDarkBoy on January 27th, 2011 at 7:28 am said:

Nossa a Sony está de parabéns,além disso igual a sony não tem igual :),só que os vendedores vão mete a faca no preço do NGP,mas tudo bem eu compro do mesmo jeito.
Opinião:
Sony vocês poderiam na sequência do LBP criar LBP 3 com corridas e modo aventura(igual da LBP e LBP 2),tudo bem q o ModNation Racers se pareça poderia criar assim msm!

Grato SpikeDarkBoy


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+ KidCommando on January 27th, 2011 at 7:30 am said:

You are a stud Mr. Tretton.


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+ lbbcbass on January 27th, 2011 at 7:30 am said:

as long as some form of Gran Turismo is on it


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+ SpiedemoN on January 27th, 2011 at 7:46 am said:

Thanks for this OUTSTANDING news on my BIRTHDAY Sony!!!! Just go easy on the price. I’m buying one, I just need to know how deep a pocket I’m going to need hah.


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+ SmooshyKing on January 27th, 2011 at 7:47 am said:

UMD worriers: the NGP is a NEXT generation handheld, not a LAST generation handheld.

UMD had its time…and that time is over.

If you want to play your UMD games, use your PSP.

If you want to play next generation games, use your NGP.


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+ SKOT_FREE on January 27th, 2011 at 7:48 am said:

Im buying it! If Sony prices this at the Most at 299 USD it’s all over for 3DSI! I was thinking of buying a 3DSI too until now, but sorry with the price at 250 USD it’s way too much! Anyone else see a similarity to when Sony launched The PSone up against Nintendo at E3? All they need to do at Next E3 Is have Kevin Butler walk on stage with the NGP say “Oct 21st, 299 USD” then walk off stage to the applause!


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+ NO_FEAR on January 27th, 2011 at 7:48 am said:

Sweet! I hope it has more PS3/PSN interactivity.


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+ Destiny89 on January 27th, 2011 at 7:55 am said:

Loving this! thank you Sony


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+ Tomba25 on January 27th, 2011 at 8:24 am said:

No backward compatibility, no DICE!!!


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+ ola_boi on January 27th, 2011 at 8:38 am said:

oh…HELL…YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t care if it’s $500! I’m definitely getting this! (I’m a PlayStation Gamer and Collector)


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+ PsychoG on January 27th, 2011 at 8:44 am said:

- 1 for supporting a sub par OS , Sony really is slipping on the “design” also .what happened to the flip out design?I like IOS devices and if PS app comes to IOS they’d make more money since Apple people pay and Andriod people wont usually pay for apps.Anyways really dissappointed since I’m fully commited to IOS devices gonna what on PSP2 to see if its worth my time . andriod OS is a copy fest of an OS looks better on PSP but lacks by miles to Apples offerings. Here’s hoping that PS suite isn’t exclusive to just Andriod or its all sink not swim IMO.


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+ Baccra on January 27th, 2011 at 8:56 am said:

Will that touch pad technology on the back of the NGP be on the back of future PS4 controllers?


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+ FireCloud on January 27th, 2011 at 8:59 am said:

I believe I’ll get one. Not sure how the 3G will work or what carriers it will support it. But I’d get it with no intent on using 3G.


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+ dan5000 on January 27th, 2011 at 9:02 am said:

[DELETED]…no umd drive…i seriously won’t be buying this since i can’t play my japanese games on it…i’m sure i could always dl the game for the ngp but why would i want too since i already have the game on umd


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+ OCDog45 on January 27th, 2011 at 9:07 am said:

Crack!


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+ Venom1976 on January 27th, 2011 at 9:16 am said:

I can’t help but notice there is no price attached to this. I’m duessing it will be the same price as a Psp was in 2005 so I can expect to shell out 300 + dollars for this. and i’m wondering if it will be able to play old games from the original PSP’s library not through UMD but by way of putting some of the PSP’s better and not yet found titles on the PSN store (*cough…Lumines…..*cough)


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+ ballar_swages23 on January 27th, 2011 at 9:27 am said:

it sic but where do u find video bout wat they were talkin bout in the meeting with the japenese guy


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+ PsychoG on January 27th, 2011 at 9:35 am said:

Oh and I forgot to mention …please do not sell your games at $40 because Ninty sells them at $35 or less and you’ll be DOA


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+ Flamingredguy on January 27th, 2011 at 9:35 am said:

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ MissingNoJesse on January 27th, 2011 at 9:36 am said:

Thanks for keeping us updated Jack! Can we price competitively? 3DS cost is very steep. I say match it and you’ll sell!


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+ remanutd5 on January 27th, 2011 at 9:50 am said:

Jeff i saw 2 sackboys on the Little Big Planet video , how many people will be able to play at once ? 4 like the ps3 version? , Killzone , Resistance videos look really HOT !!! whos developing those games? is GG developing Killzone NGP ? what about Insomniac , are they developing Resistance ? what about Uncharted, video footage and live demo left me really , really impressed , is Naughty Dog developing the game ? im really loving the way you are supposed to play Little Deviants and Hot Shot Golf , very very impressed with everything


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+ Curtisio on January 27th, 2011 at 9:53 am said:

This sounds very exciting and not just for the hipe of marketing. Logically, it makes perfect sense in expanding the market to other devices like Tablet PCs and cell phones and the design (redesign?). The NGP with two analog sticks and the wireless abilities are just two techs that improve over the PSP.


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+ bwoy_la_bz on January 27th, 2011 at 9:55 am said:

FINALLY!!!! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SOME TIME NOW!!!!


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+ SKOT_FREE on January 27th, 2011 at 10:00 am said:

OMG….Do you guys think that perhaps Sony may have a plan to allow People with UMDs to copy over to a memory stick to play on NPG? That would be a friggin mazing. Even if they don’t im not complaining because much like when GAmeboy evolved into DS all those aren’t compatible.


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+ reson8er on January 27th, 2011 at 10:03 am said:

Looks fantastic, if priced right, will sell like hotcakes. If Sony wants straight up competition, price it at 249, with the software lineup you have at least in development, it would be gangbusters.

Now, if you go by history and price it in a premium way 299+ this will be a huge mistake. I know the tech in it is pricey, but I assume the software will now be 49.99 MSRP? If so you will have to subsidize this heavily on the hardware side to allow for “portable” games to exist. This is all very exciting, and hopefully pans out. I am a PSP lover I play mine almost every day, but if costs approach home console prices in hardware AND games, I fear for the sustainability of people, myself included to keep up with console and portable costs.


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+ blacklist_c on January 27th, 2011 at 10:04 am said:

Release date please


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+ GC-Ninja6 on January 27th, 2011 at 10:04 am said:

I can’t wait to hear how much this awesome piece of technology will cost.


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+ SKOT_FREE on January 27th, 2011 at 10:06 am said:

Oh and FYI……The PSP is also compatible with ps1 games in the PSN store! At least my PSP go is.


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+ LordRaoh on January 27th, 2011 at 10:08 am said:

I only have one thing to say

http://golgotron.com/wp-content/uploads/Shut-up-and-take-my-money.jpg


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+ Faythi on January 27th, 2011 at 10:12 am said:

Good thing I didn’t buy a PSP GO lol… save my money for this instead.


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+ TwinDad on January 27th, 2011 at 10:15 am said:

@jms30

It will have game carts, physical media. There will also be downloads. So ti can do both, what it can not do is UMD.


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+ John_Oval on January 27th, 2011 at 10:17 am said:

HELL YES


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