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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)

GPU SGX543MP4+

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 = 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:

Japan:
ACQUIRE Corp.
ALVION Inc.
AQ INTERACTIVE INC.
ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co.,Ltd.
ARIKA CO.,LTD.
ARTDINK CORPORATION
ASCII MEDIA WORKS Inc.
CAPCOM CO., LTD.
CHUN SOFT CO., Ltd
Codemasters Software Company Limited
Crafts & Meister Co.,Ltd.
CyberConnect2 Co.,Ltd.
D3 PUBLISHER Inc.
Dimps Corporation Edia Co., Ltd.
ENTERBRAIN, INC.
FromSoftware, Inc
Gameloft K.K.
Genki Co.,Ltd.
Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.
GungHo Online Entertainment,Inc
GUST CO.,LTD.
HAMSTER Corporation
HUDSON SOFT CO., LTD.
IDEA FACTORY CO., LTD.
Index Corporation(Atlus)
IREM SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INC.
KADOKAWA GAMES,LTD.
Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
LEVEL-5 Inc.
Marvelous Entertainment Inc.
media5 Corporation
NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.
Nihon Falcom Corporation
Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
NOWPRODUCTION, CO.,LTD
Q Entertainment Inc.
SEGA CORPORATION
SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION
Spike Co.,Ltd
SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.
SystemSoft Alpha Corp.
TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD.
TOMY Company,Ltd.
TOSE CO., LTD.
Ubisoft K.K.
YUKE’S Co., Ltd.

North America
Activision, Inc.
Capybara Games
Demiurge Studios
Epic Games Inc.
Far Sight Studios
Frima
High Voltage Software
Kung Fu Factory
Paramount Digital Entertainment
PopCap Games
Powerhead Games
Trendy Entertainment
Ubisoft®
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
2K Games
2K Sports

Europe:
Avalanche Studios
Climax Studios Ltd
Codemasters Software Company Ltd
Eurocom Developments Ltd
Eutechnyx Ltd Exient Ltd
Firemint PTY Ltd
Gameloft SA
Gusto Games Ltd
Home Entertainment Suppliers PTY Ltd
Impromptu Software Ltd
Rebellion®
Rockstar Games
Sidhe Interactive
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.

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