PRESS RELEASE Thursday, January 27, 2011 | 10:25 AM

Sony presents new console

Sony presents new console

Sony officially unveiled their new handheld system, codename NGP, planned for release at the end of 2011, in Japan at least. Bad news if you hoped to use your old PSP game, no UMD drive to be seen. No price has been announced yet but all the details and the first images are inside.

Press Release

Tokyo, January 27, 2011 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced its next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), which delivers the ultimate portable entertainment experience. NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011.

NGP is designed to offer unparalleled interactive entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation®. This new system offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, made possible by leveraging SCE's experience from both PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®3 (PS3®) entertainment systems.

Deep and immersive gaming is at the core of PlayStation's DNA, and NGP is the latest embodiment of this vision. By having both Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity, together with various applications, NGP will enable infinite possibilities for users to "encounter," "connect," "discover," "share" and "play" with friends wherever they are. Within the device are a range of features that provide a genuinely cutting-edge, next generation ultimate portable entertainment experience.

* Stunning OLED and Revolutionary User Interface

NGP incorporates a beautiful multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display. A high-performance CPU / GPU combined with OLED enables rich, visually striking graphics never seen before on a portable entertainment system, for both games and other digital entertainment content. The new system also incorporates a unique multi-touch pad on the rear, and together with the front touch display, NGP offers new game play allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" moves of the fingers.

* Super Oval Design and Dual Analog Sticks

While succeeding the basic design philosophy of PSP, NGP adopts the Super Oval Design form factor, created to fit comfortably in users' hands. For the first time, a portable entertainment system will feature two analog sticks, which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience.

* LiveAreaTM

Every game title for NGP will be provided with a space called "LiveAreaTM" where users can share the fun and excitement with other players. Users will have access to the latest information of games provided from SCE and 3rd party developers and publishers through PlayStation®Network. Additionally, NGP users will be able to view an "Activity" log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users.

* Near

SCE will also provide location-based services on NGP as part of the basic features utilizing PlayStation Network. The new application called "Near," developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing now or what they were playing recently. Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across different dimensions of time and distance.

* New Game Medium

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

NGP will also come equipped with two cameras on its front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass, all of which are designed to enable users to enjoy the world of entertainment that is linked with real life experiences.

PlayStation®Suite (PS Suite), announced today, will also closely coordinate with NGP. The newly developed and released game content for AndroidTM based portable devices can also be enjoyed on NGP. As a result, users will have access to not only the most leading-edge content, but also some of the more casual experiences that typify the mobile market place.

SCE will vigorously promote NGP towards the launch as the next generation portable entertainment platform and deploy various measures to further expand the portable gaming market.


CPU: ARM® CortexTM-A9 core (4 core)


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 = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode). Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR ?A2DP/AVRCP/HSP?

All comments

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Commented on 2011-01-27 10:40:15
It looks like the PSP.....with 2 sticks. Those are pretty impressive specs, 4 core cpu in a handheld !?!
Commented on 2011-01-27 10:44:09
Hopefully they wont fuck up what's most
Commented on 2011-01-27 10:51:11
When googling for that CPU it shows me it has 2 cores, not 4. That touchpad on the back sounds so weird. How the heck would you utilize that. The two sticks is nice. And a seperate gpu chip, sounds sexy. I just want a portable version of my favorite games in the past! KH, Ffx(-2). This thing will probably cost 600 dollars or 600 euros. I hate Sony for always just changing the currency symbol instead of calculating a different price.
Commented on 2011-01-27 10:52:43
Whats with Sony and backward compact games??, i want to play my psp games on it damn it!
Commented on 2011-01-27 10:56:11
So this is not the PSP 2? I don't understand.
If it doesn't have UMD discs for retail, than they are making the same mistake as with the PSP Go. Didn't they learn from that fiasco?
Commented on 2011-01-27 10:57:15 In reply to droezelke
Commented on 2011-01-27 11:07:26
That is very sexy

and UMD disks can kiss my arse.
Commented on 2011-01-27 11:09:18 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
So, There will be 'disks' for retail and not only digital download. That is a wise decission.
Commented on 2011-01-27 11:23:01
NGP uses flash carts not discs
Commented on 2011-01-27 11:29:09 In reply to presstheflesh
Posted by presstheflesh
NGP uses flash carts not discs
I hope they are not using carts ;o)
Commented on 2011-01-27 11:37:12
Theyre flash sticks, essentially 4gb or so pro2duos equivalents, increased space, potentially increased speed, smaller (easier to loose) and silent. Plus a smaller power drain than UMD was, think everyone will be happy.
Commented on 2011-01-27 11:44:01
From what I've read, PSP2 will be backwards compatible with PSP games, but you can only get them from the PSN Store.
Anyway. I really REALLY want it. Like... NOW. But I think we'll have to wait for early '12 for it to hit European markets.
Commented on 2011-01-27 11:50:24 In reply to sanex
Posted by sanex
Whats with Sony and backward compact games??, i want to play my psp games on it damn it!
Plays all downloadable PSP games and PS1 titles.
Commented on 2011-01-27 12:10:52
possibly the first handheld where FPS games actually work? :|
Commented on 2011-01-27 12:14:42 In reply to GeRaLTo
Posted by GeRaLTo
Hopefully they wont fuck up what's most
Main problem with the original PSP
In a market dominated by Nintendo for decades, they need to bring something more to the table.
Commented on 2011-01-27 12:38:23
"NGP is designed to offer unparalleled interactive entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation®"
Gotta love how sony always say this and they end up rip offing someone elses ideias or screwing up. But hey its only possible on playstation, atleast they got that right.
Commented on 2011-01-27 13:16:05 In reply to droezelke
Posted by droezelke
So this is not the PSP 2? I don't understand.
It's is the psp2, but they haven't officially named it so. The temp name is NGP.
Posted by droezelke
If it doesn't have UMD discs for retail, than they are making the same mistake as with the PSP Go. Didn't they learn from that fiasco?
Although they won't use UMD disk, they will use some type of flash memory. there's a pic on it on engadget, and it looks a lot like their own version of an SD card. They will most definitely sell games in physical shops. Thank god. The non-use of umd's is good for battery life and loading times, but of course that also means no backwards compatibility.
Commented on 2011-01-27 13:24:39
thank god it wont be using UMD (they're almost minidisc levels of clunky) and it sounds like a monster spec wise. and looks smexy. but it'll cost far too much for a handheld just like the 3DS and thus i dont care....yet
Commented on 2011-01-27 14:13:58
This is gonna be expensive like 500~600€ I bet, but most importantly we want to know what kinda games will be developed to it.
Commented on 2011-01-27 14:27:02
No PS2 backward compatibility? That's a pity.
Commented on 2011-01-27 14:30:24 In reply to Koosbing
Posted by Koosbing
No PS2 backward compatibility? That's a pity.
That a miss type?
Commented on 2011-01-27 14:48:09
Hope it supports mini HDMI :P
Commented on 2011-01-27 15:11:54
a beast just like anticipated

day 1 btw its pretty obvious Sony will not include bc. Why kill ps2 sales or PSP sales?
Commented on 2011-01-27 15:14:11 In reply to prodygee
Posted by prodygee
When googling for that CPU it shows me it has 2 cores, not 4.
no it has 4 cores...the pr statement is never wrong :P
Commented on 2011-01-27 15:46:17 In reply to Doom_Bringer
Posted by Doom_Bringer
day 1 btw its pretty obvious Sony will not include bc. Why kill ps2 sales or PSP sales?
Because some of us with exsisting PSP games want to play them on the new console and get rid of the old one, plus it provides a false sense of software, which is especially good for people who didn't own a PSP or are casual.

Isn't the CPU customised for the PSP ? rumour suggests 1 core is reserved for dashboard and software security.
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