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Next Generation Portable (NGP): All the early details

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Jan 27, 2011 // Sr. Social Media Manager

Next Generation Portable: Front

Today in Tokyo, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP). NGP will make its debut at the end of the 2011, but here’s everything you need to know right now.

Key NGP features:

  • Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display
  • Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
  • Dual analog sticks
  • Two cameras (front and rear)
  • Software titles on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards
  • Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
  • Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
  • PlayStation Network access, including ““LiveArea™”, “Near” and “Activity” log features Trophy Support
  • NGP will be able to play PSP titles, minis, PS one classics, video and comics from the PlayStation Store.

Now, the technical 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)
Screen
(Touch screen)
5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
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 = 1×1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)


Software Franchises shown or talked about at PlayStation Meeting 2011 (titles are not final)

  • Killzone
  • Uncharted
  • WipEout
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Call of Duty
  • Resistance
  • Little Deviants
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • Reality Fighters
  • Gravity Daze
  • Smart As
  • Broken
  • Hustle Kings

It’s still early going, so we understand that you likely have questions not addressed here. Details such as release date, price, and more will be announced in due course. We’ll keep you updated.

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+ xxRaziel79xx on January 27th, 2011 at 5:41 pm said:

This is great! I can’t wait for this. I’m happy to see that it does have a media that the games are on and that it’s not like the PSPgo. That was a fail, Sony. Happy that you learned from it.


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+ Destiny89 on January 27th, 2011 at 5:44 pm said:

Way too epic


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+ nicholism on January 27th, 2011 at 5:50 pm said:

ok sony have to say good job on the desighn and fetures but will i beable to play umds if not there better be a place to trde in umds because to sell tthem and to rebuy them if we can for curten games people arnt gona be very happy because we have games on umds and then have to rebuy them wont be very good so put that drive in and or if people do upgrade at like eb games ask them to have a tride in program like or mabie have the umd drive and then eather that drive play the other new discs to or make a small thing to play the new ones


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+ Shadow_Raskolnik on January 27th, 2011 at 6:29 pm said:

One of the reasons why people want BC is because it could help ease the transition from one console to the other. I mean Nintendo did the same thing with the Game Boy lineup all the way to the DS (which was also capable of playing GBA games). Also the argument that “well the SNES couldn’t play NES games” doesn’t hold water because those were home consoles, if you wanted to play one game all you needed to do was reconnect the console. This doesn’t work for portables, especially when you’re on the road since that would mean packing two separate handhelds from the same company.

One way people have been bringing up alot was some form of UMD reader or scanner that could allow you to transfer UMDs to memory stick, but I could see how this could create rampant piracy. One suggestion I have is that Sony could simply allow you to register your UMDs on the PSN and then give you a digital copy of the game. I think this could help since the game would be registered to your own unique PSN account and would have to be unregistered or something like that if it were to be copied to another account or something like that.

Anyway though I am excited about this release and I wish Sony luck with it in the coming months.


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+ thrawn3d on January 27th, 2011 at 6:35 pm said:

Um, how about if you want to play your old PSP games you just bring your psp out with you instead of the new one.

This is the stupidest thing to whine about Ive ever seen.


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+ Versitle2 on January 27th, 2011 at 6:41 pm said:

this device is awesome in so manny ways its scary i mean tophey support tuch screen and dont get me started on the games your gonna have uncharted and call of duty and wipe out in your pocket and imma go and say the 3ds just go merked when this was announced


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+ madhi19 on January 27th, 2011 at 6:53 pm said:

Price point?


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+ torontogoalie on January 27th, 2011 at 7:01 pm said:

why is it so big? if i wanted something the size of a laptop… id carry a laptop


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+ procrysis104 on January 27th, 2011 at 7:03 pm said:

thank you sony for updating the psp soon because i wanted a pspgo but then i seen this and as soon as i seen it the first thing i noticed was the two joysticks, finally good controls for First person shooters…Call of duty mabey?


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+ SuperFly13 on January 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm said:

It’s all about the price. If it’s $299.99 then I will be all over it but at $399.99 or higher, then forget about it. Plus I hope these games they announced are not ports but new titles in the series like the God of Wars were.


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+ Aguzmanayon93 on January 27th, 2011 at 7:06 pm said:

So it means that it will debut by this year’s holiday season worldwide or only in Japan, if it does come out this year in America now I know what I want for Christmas =D


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+ EAFATBOY on January 27th, 2011 at 7:06 pm said:

this is cool but will you be able to do video chat with it that would be cool and also can u make calls i hope you can or that for the playstatione phone i hope thats real too but who knows


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+ Alman_Gadgets on January 27th, 2011 at 7:07 pm said:

I really, REALLY hope they found a way to port UMD games to it. I’m also surprised no one is even complaining about this.

There was some info that wasn’t given out that left me thinking they were rushing this thing out, but all is good. Weeell, at the end I’m going to buy one. Definitely will. If it’s priced $300 or lower than I’ll most likely buy one at launch.


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+ Haskell420 on January 27th, 2011 at 7:10 pm said:

Um, why no 4G?

Will it have the adaptability of upgrading to 4G? Or higher?

Or god forbid, would that be a seperate pricing plan?


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+ GreyWulf on January 27th, 2011 at 7:33 pm said:

First off I just want to say Sony awesome hardware I cant wait to get one in my hands.

My only real hope now is that this will spark a trully app driven portable for Sony.

Applications would keep the cool factor and make the NGP the most in my oppinion.

Perhaps we will see new and interesting dynamic themes maybe make our own with a application using the built in cameras.

I feel the possibilities for the interface alone would hold my interest if allowed and only hope Sony can read my mind and give me what I would like to see.


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+ retro25 on January 27th, 2011 at 7:44 pm said:

This portable gaming device is AWSOME, I wonder if it supports Youtube as well, that will be cool.


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+ htduy89 on January 27th, 2011 at 7:52 pm said:

MUST HAVE IT !!!!


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+ thshdw on January 27th, 2011 at 8:17 pm said:

Sony please address all the UMD owners. I would love to play my older games on the new device, but I don’t want to purchase the games I already own twice. Here are some possible solutions:

1. Handle it like you do with the movies. I bought District 9, and was able to transfer a protected version of that movie to my PSP. Allow us to transfer protected versions of our UMD games to the PS3 and upload them to them NGP. Sony could even create some kind of validation system where I would have to enter the UPC code and a random word from the game manual.

2. Trade in system. I mail my old UMD games to Sony complete with original package. In return I get a voucher to download those games. I would be willing to pay a small fee, lets say $2.99 for this service.

The trade in system would probably be the best as it more or less proves that I was the owner of the games.

Anyway I hope Sony gives this some serious thought I have a lot of UMD’s and It would be great to have those games on the new system.


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+ Carlos_Gabranth on January 27th, 2011 at 8:21 pm said:

It says it will have trophy support.
These trophies will be sum up to our current PSN ID or will be a new type, different from the PS3 ones?


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+ dee7113 on January 27th, 2011 at 8:22 pm said:

Wait where there be multiplier with these games ?


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+ dee7113 on January 27th, 2011 at 8:23 pm said:

Oh and well these game prices go up like $50 or $40 !! These questions are the ones we should ask.


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+ Elvick_ on January 27th, 2011 at 9:10 pm said:

Still disappointed there’s no ‘mute’ button. It’s nice to be able to quickly mute something and not need to hold down on – then go back to where you were at after you’re done needing the sound off for however long.


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+ Nightowl2608 on January 27th, 2011 at 9:38 pm said:

what’s going to happen to the PSP go. I’m


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+ GC-Ninja6 on January 27th, 2011 at 9:41 pm said:

I’m hoping they make an LBP title for this. That might be enough to get me to buy one. Maybe an MGS title as well (besides MGS4).


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+ shadysaiyanz on January 27th, 2011 at 10:23 pm said:

IF this had some kind of L2/R2 then it would be so so SOOOO perfect for remote play, but i don’t see any L2/R2 buttons… looks great though. little sad about leaving out eh XMB.

One thing though, if this is more than a PS3 then i really don’t think it’ll sell very well.


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+ TripG on January 27th, 2011 at 10:33 pm said:

It’s interesting. Given what happened with the PSPGo, I wont be purchasing this device for sometime. I want to see how the distribution and support actually is from Sony and related game companies. I also wonder who this will compare to the increasingly crowded tablet maarket place – with Ipad2 coming out, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Playbook, and others, the handheld world appears very crowded. Yes, the NGP (horrible name by the way) is a gaming machine – but to the average person, I wonder if that will be seen as a limitation.


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+ JoyedCurse on January 27th, 2011 at 10:35 pm said:

I really like the possibility to play ps3 games on NGP and share the same game save. But i don’t want to buy two copies. i actually have an idea while chatting on another forum.

Sony can allow gamers to download the NGP version for free as long as the ps3 version is registered on the same psn account. Apparently, it will require serial numbers to register the game. But the gamers can get NGP games for free and it is only a small cost to publishers (royalty, which Sony should offer discounts in this case). It’s a win-win really.

There is a complication though. Gamers can choose to sell the game to gamestop and keep the NGP version. To remedy that, I think it also needs a de-registration process, which requires the removal of the NGP version. The serial number cannot be re-used unless the de-registration is completed. The used game buyers then need to check whether the game has already been de-registered before handing over the money. In this way, used game market is still happy and at the same time, no one is going to keep the free games. it also fights against piracy, you know…

just some random ideas. probably sony will read this… unlikely.


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+ igorrocks2 on January 27th, 2011 at 10:52 pm said:

1 Question: Release date on E3 2011 or later next week? 349.99 price tag a would say… May be 299.99

2 Question: Will it have it’s own format for the games? Since you called NGP, but not a PSP2 – How you will call the game format for this system?


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+ Kittonwy on January 27th, 2011 at 10:57 pm said:

This thing is a beast. >:|


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+ Spacerac on January 27th, 2011 at 11:21 pm said:

It’d be cool if you got a download voucher included in the physical copy of the game for a digital copy of the game so that you can take all your games with you on the system.


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+ Edd on January 27th, 2011 at 11:34 pm said:

Are there any plans to make any of the community features that are featured on NGP available (and cross compatible) on ps3? I love that sony is making that a focus for NGP and I really hope that push for community oriented features carry over onto PS3, we haven’t seen a FW update on ps3 that has new features for awhile now.


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+ adventfire on January 27th, 2011 at 11:55 pm said:

Hmm, does this mean Sony is FINALLY going to start giving thier portables some love and support?


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+ Solitude-Freak on January 27th, 2011 at 11:59 pm said:

This thing is nice, however. A few things I don’t like is…

-Proprietary Memory (No SD, expensive)
-Portability (Too big)
-Battery Life (4-6 Hours)
-Video Output? HDMI output, please. Even smartphones have them.
-Expensive? (More than a smartphone since it’s way more powerful than any smartphone out there)


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+ Spacerac on January 28th, 2011 at 12:35 am said:

Hmm… if there’s to be a fee with 3G connectivity, how about the option to either buy it standalone or included with a PS+ subscription?


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+ emanpunk on January 28th, 2011 at 1:15 am said:

This device has pretty much everything I could’ve asked for but there are 2 things I’m sure I haven’t seen covered regarding the system’s features:

1.- Any type of internal or external storage capabilities, aside form the game cards that were announced as “New Game Media”.

2.- Does it have a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack; I couldn’t tell for sure from the pictures that have been released.


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+ Vhex on January 28th, 2011 at 1:16 am said:

looks amazing, but with all that juice, battery is going to suffer. I hope now UMD is gone, sony would have the sense to fit the WHOLE BACK PANEL with battery!!! and that’s what i call next gen portable gaming… gooad games, good graphics, and stays with you for a long time…


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+ emanpunk on January 28th, 2011 at 1:44 am said:

Oh and third thing I forgot to mention:

3.- Does the NGP employ any time of haptic technology/tactile feedback (Dualshock Rumble/Vibration)?

It would be super awesome to play Killzone on the NGP and be shot from the left or right and feel a buzz/rumble on my left or right hand!


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+ dutchninjapanda on January 28th, 2011 at 3:04 am said:

Sony, I LOVE THE NGP!!!! Just one thing, though; would you please not size it down any from how large you guys think you need to make it, anybody who complains about size won’t deserve its awesomeness. If it’s too big to fit into the pockets of some of my current pants, I’ll buy pants with bigger pockets so that I can have a portable gaming device with an awesomely huge screen.


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+ colstripcapn on January 28th, 2011 at 4:36 am said:

I’m really unhappy about the 3G announcement. Either that will greatly increase the cost of this thing, or it will be be tethered to a wireless carrier with a 2 year contract. Neither is acceptable.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on January 28th, 2011 at 4:43 am said:

Nice device, but Sony never learns, cramming all kinds of high end tech does not sell devices, it needs marketing, good steady software support. people dont want PS3 games on the go, they have PS3’s for that, no matter how good this is it will not touch the 3ds because Sony does not understand the market.


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+ ahmed_evil1803 on January 28th, 2011 at 6:26 am said:

its pretty cool but it will be so sensitive because of the touch screen and its games will be hard because of the two dual anlog sticks but please if some one brought it he founds it cool please leave a comment i have a psp 2004 slim & lite and i can buy psp2 or NPG if the people said its cool!!!!!!


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+ MGoto_91 on January 28th, 2011 at 6:39 am said:

Awesome!

Let’s see the price now :S


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+ Joe-TFW on January 28th, 2011 at 7:21 am said:

Price, price and price. It has to be competitively priced. $300+ is just not acceptable, regardless of it’s capabilities. The tech is most impressive, and Sony should do everything in their power to get this in as many hands as possible. Price it at $250, and the gaming world will be at your feet and you’ll make the 3DS pale in comparison.


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+ theheadkase on January 28th, 2011 at 9:23 am said:

One question I have, about the PS Suite, will it enable applicable smart phones to connect to the PS3 as the PSP (and hopefully the NGP) does? That would be one of my hopes.


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+ MadMeat001 on January 28th, 2011 at 9:51 am said:

IT CAN PLAY PS1 MINIS AND PSP GAMES TOO??? Great! i taugh it would lack something like that :D, add a drawing thing :D and let us have different optionnal menu, and a not boring XMB :D


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+ DEMOCRAC-Y on January 28th, 2011 at 9:54 am said:

omg people are still crying about UMDs… if you have a BluRay,DVD and VHS in 1 TV which 1 will you want to use? you dont see 8 year olds playing GBA games on their NDS -_-


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+ sptrk75 on January 28th, 2011 at 9:58 am said:

Dual analog nubs.

960 x 544 touch OLED screen.

Ability to play current PSN PSP titles.

This will be a day one purchase for me as long as it’s less than $500.


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+ edward0927 on January 28th, 2011 at 10:45 am said:

where is the slot for the “dedicated flash memory-based cards”? Will there be an option to enable the use the XMB for use with our user made ptf themes?


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+ jhong2328 on January 28th, 2011 at 10:59 am said:

wish they can add ps2 games not only ps1 games..


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+ Cat_Corye on January 28th, 2011 at 11:41 am said:

@Jeff


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