NGP, or Next Generation Portable is Sony’s successor to the PlayStation Portable. The handheld set to take on the likes of the Nintendo 3DS is hitting store shelves later this year. Announced at PlayStation Meeting 2011, the NGP sports a beautiful OLED screen, two touch panels, two cameras, twin analog sticks, and more as the platform will atempt to rectify any issues the PSP had.
But the major NGP stake is its specs as it offers some of the most advanced functionality in all of mobile gaming:
CPU ARM® Cortex™-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
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
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)
What does these specs mean to the average Joe? Well, it means amazing visuals, cool gimmicks, and a tonne of multimedia functions. So what about those cool games? Well, Sony has enlisted a strong first and second party lineup of content that is sure to excite gamers.
But what about third party games? Well, Sony kept third party announcements to a minimum, however at PlayStation Meeting 2011 Sony released a pretty big developer support list:
AQ INTERACTIVE INC.
ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co.,Ltd.
ASCII MEDIA WORKS Inc.
CAPCOM CO., LTD.
CHUN SOFT CO., Ltd
Codemasters Software Company Limited
Crafts & Meister Co.,Ltd.
D3 PUBLISHER Inc.
Dimps Corporation Edia Co., Ltd.
Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.
GungHo Online Entertainment,Inc
HUDSON SOFT CO., LTD.
IDEA FACTORY CO., LTD.
IREM SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INC.
Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Marvelous Entertainment Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.
Nihon Falcom Corporation
Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Q Entertainment Inc.
SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION
SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.
SystemSoft Alpha Corp.
TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD.
TOSE CO., LTD.
YUKE’S Co., Ltd.
Epic Games Inc.
Far Sight Studios
High Voltage Software
Kung Fu Factory
Paramount Digital Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Climax Studios Ltd
Codemasters Software Company Ltd
Eurocom Developments Ltd
Eutechnyx Ltd Exient Ltd
Firemint PTY Ltd
Gusto Games Ltd
Home Entertainment Suppliers PTY Ltd
Impromptu Software Ltd
Sumo Digital Ltd
Team 17 Software Ltd
Ubisoft Entertainment SA
Zen Studios Ltd
That’s fine and dandy, but how are the games going to be delivered to you? On a disc? Download-only like the PSPgo? Well, neither. You see, the NGP will be using state of the art flash media cards (think Nintendo 3DS game cards) to hold physical games. Now, what about those who have a PSN account, and rather purchase their games from there? Well, Sony has said every NGP game will release on PSN.
But what about UMD? It’s dead, I’m sorry to say. However, if you’ve purchased PSP software on PSN it will be compatible with the NGP. In fact, playing the PSP games on NGP will give the games a noticeable boost in graphics, and control mapping.
NGP is set to storm the world at E3 2011, and No Games Portable will be there to help you.