In the wee hours of the morning (or afternoon in Japan) Sony revealed its next handheld gaming device. Codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable), Sony has appeared to have thrown everything but the kitchen sink into this handheld. It is capable of producing graphics that are close to PS3 quality, and has the support of several big developers. We’ll have more information on the NGP today, but for now, let’s look under its hood.
The NGP is loaded with technology. Sony didn’t suggest a price for it, which concerns us a bit. The PSP launched for $249 in North America in 2005. The 3DS is carrying a $249 price tag when it launches in May. It’s hard to shake the feeling that the NGP will be more expensive than that.
The NGP has a five-inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, a five-inch touch panel on the back, two cameras, GPS and 3G support just to name a few features. It’s all powered by an ARM Cortex A9 core processor.
You will be able to play downloadable PSP games and PS1 classics on the NGP. It will not have a UMD drive. Instead, NGP games will be stored on a flash memory stick.
You can find all the specifications in greater detail below.
- ARM Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
- GPU SGX543MP4+
- External Dimensions 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
- 5 inch multi-touch capacitive OLED touchscreen (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors
- Rear multi-touch capacitive touch pad
- Front camera, Rear camera
- Built-in stereo speakers
- Built-in microphone
- Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
- 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 (+/-)
- 3G mobile connectivity
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR （A2DP/AVRCP/HSP
Via [PlayStation Blog]