The successor of Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP) has been announced from the PlayStation Meeting 2011 press conference yesterday, codenamed Next Generation Portable (NGP).
Let's cut to the chase, specifications of the NGP has been announced as below:
One of the most obvious changes from the PSP is that NGP has two analog sticks instead of just one. The new NGP is said to be larger than the current PSP-3000, but also "surprisingly light", as quoted from Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku who has his hands on it yesterday.
Visual effects on finger motions show where and how the Multi Touch Pad on the NGP can be interacted
The Multi Touch Pad can be seen on the back
A certain socket unknown to me and a power jack can be seen at the bottom edge of NGP
On/off button as well as volume control are on the upper edge of the NGP.
Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 3rd will be available on NGP as a downloadable game.
Yakuza directly ported from PS3 to NGP. There are no announced plans to officially release the game to NGP, but the video is to show the quality of PS3 games on NGP. Porting is also said to be easy too, which will be a good thing for game developers.
HOT SHOTS GOLF NEXT (みんなのGolf in Japanese, i.e. "Everyone's Golf") on demo.
It has been shown that you can hit the ball in the game by swinging the NGP in the motion of a golf club, utilising the gyrosensor and motion sensor inside the console.
The Near application utilises the GPS integrated in NGP, and can be used for maps and directions.
You can also use Near to see what gamers are near your location and what they are playing. You can then find and join them to play cooperative or competitive games.
For those who are big fans of the Monster Hunter Portable series, this would be a very potentially convenient function to look for players to play together on harder missions / monsters; lots of people I know in Hong Kong hang out in McDonald's and look for players left and right. Maybe this new application will makes things easier for people to find players and jump in.
The new Next Generation Portable does sound very ambitious and that it has a lot to offer, while trying to win the gamers' hearts as Nintendo's 3DS is soon to be released. However, a lot of things are still not announced, such as the price, online service fees, RAM, or memory card slot. We just have to wait until more info is out.
Info and pictures via OurToysLand. Thanks to Yui (aka yui_style) on compiling the info!