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Sony announces Next Generation Portable Entertainment System and Android

Posted on 28-Jan-2011 09:52 | Filed under: News

Sony announces Next Generation Portable Entertainment System and Android
Sony NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011. The new entertainment a combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, made possible by leveraging Sony's experience from both PSP (PlayStation Portable) and PlayStation 3 (PS3) entertainment systems.

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.

NGP incorporates a multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display, with 16:9 ratio and 960x544 pixels resolution. A high-performance CPU / GPU combined with OLED enables rich graphics, 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.

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.

Every game title for NGP will be provided with a space called “LiveArea” where users can share the gaming experience 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.

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.

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.

The device will also come equipped with two cameras on its front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass.

The NGP is powered by an ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core), equipped with a SGX543MP4+ GPU. It measures 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth).

Sony also unveiled “PlayStation Suite” (PS Suite), delivering the PlayStation experience to Android based portable devices. Through this entirely new initiative, users will be able to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system for the first time in PlayStation history.

In providing the PlayStation experience on Android based portable devices, Sony will commence a “PlayStation Certified” license program for hardware manufacturers. Through this program, SCE will offer necessary support, including development support as well as logo licensing, to ensure the delivery of PlayStation quality experience across various devices.

On the software front, Sony plans to provide PS Suite content within this calendar year, starting with original PlayStation games 2 (PS one classics) that will allow users to enjoy PlayStation quality gameplay on their Android based portable devices.

Sony also plans to open PlayStation Store where users will be able to download content in an easy to use environment, directly via the Android based portable devices. Developers will also have a new game development environment in an effort to ensure new and compelling content is delivered on PS Suite, which will also offer opportunities for a wider base of developers and publishers to further expand their business on various portable devices.

PlayStation Suite requires Android 2.3 and newer.

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