Sony Unveils "Next Generation Portable" In Japan

Posted by Jeff (3577 posts) -

Two analog sticks, a touch screen, a touch-sensitive back, two cameras, tilt controls... just about everything we've heard lately about Sony's next portable gaming platform has turned out to be true according to reports from the PlayStation Meeting 2011, which took place in Japan on Thursday afternoon, according to their crazy, futuristic clocks.

As expected, Sony is touting the platform's power, claiming that it's as powerful as the PlayStation 3. Also, Sony isn't referring to it as the PSP2. Rather, they're simply calling it by the non-final name of "Next Generation Portable." Well, anything that reminds me of the Neo Geo Pocket can't be all bad, I guess.

Games from big Sony franchises like Uncharted, Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, and Resistance have been confirmed to appear on the platform, and Hideo Kojima was on hand to show off a brief, Metal Gear-related trailer. Epic's Tim Sweeney took the stage to show a live demo of the Unreal Engine running on the platform, and Activision's Phillip Earl announced an unnamed Call of Duty game for the device. 
 
Here are the specs: 
 
CPUARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
GPUSGX543MP4+
External
Dimensions
Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Rear touch padMulti touch pad (capacitive type)
CamerasFront camera, Rear camera
SoundBuilt-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
SensorsSix-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
LocationBuilt-in GPS
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / SwitchesPS 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)
    
The system will hit Japanese shelves, at least, this holiday season.

Staff
#1 Posted by Jeff (3577 posts) -

Two analog sticks, a touch screen, a touch-sensitive back, two cameras, tilt controls... just about everything we've heard lately about Sony's next portable gaming platform has turned out to be true according to reports from the PlayStation Meeting 2011, which took place in Japan on Thursday afternoon, according to their crazy, futuristic clocks.

As expected, Sony is touting the platform's power, claiming that it's as powerful as the PlayStation 3. Also, Sony isn't referring to it as the PSP2. Rather, they're simply calling it by the non-final name of "Next Generation Portable." Well, anything that reminds me of the Neo Geo Pocket can't be all bad, I guess.

Games from big Sony franchises like Uncharted, Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, and Resistance have been confirmed to appear on the platform, and Hideo Kojima was on hand to show off a brief, Metal Gear-related trailer. Epic's Tim Sweeney took the stage to show a live demo of the Unreal Engine running on the platform, and Activision's Phillip Earl announced an unnamed Call of Duty game for the device. 
 
Here are the specs: 
 
CPUARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
GPUSGX543MP4+
External
Dimensions
Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Rear touch padMulti touch pad (capacitive type)
CamerasFront camera, Rear camera
SoundBuilt-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
SensorsSix-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
LocationBuilt-in GPS
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / SwitchesPS 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)
    
The system will hit Japanese shelves, at least, this holiday season.

Staff
#2 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Can you watch porn on it?

#3 Edited by ep_driver (445 posts) -

tite 
 
still waiting to see "as powerful as a ps3." that'd be pretty ridic.

#4 Posted by MiniPato (2737 posts) -

I don't care about the games! DUAL ANALOGS STICKS!

#5 Posted by Yummylee (21615 posts) -

SUUUWWWWWWWEEEEEEEET. I'm wondering if they'll be ports of the big names, though, instead of unique entries. The screenshot for the PSP2 Uncharted game strongly shows otherwise.

#6 Posted by Hailinel (24710 posts) -
@TheDudeOfGaming said:
" Can you watch porn on it? "
Is Dead or Alive:  Paradise backwards compatible?
#7 Edited by FCKSNAP (2299 posts) -
@TheDudeOfGaming said:

" Can you watch porn on it? "

Not only that, but you can touch it from the front and behind. And also take dickpix with a front and rear camera.
#8 Posted by FCKSNAP (2299 posts) -
@Woodroez said:
" I would like to thank all my fans for helping me reach this point.  Thanks to GB for giving me the chance to have this first comment, with a special shout out to Tested, Screened, and Comic Vine.  Finally, my torment is over. "
Aw dude that's so cool. I got mine a couple months back and it feels great. Like the first time you let someone else see you naked, it's great to just get it over with and see that it's not all that bad!
#9 Posted by GalacticPunt (1049 posts) -

The next-gen handheld war begins!  Now I'd really like to see what use a touch sensitive back is good for... freaky games where you massage small animals?

#10 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -

People are going nuts on twitter for this thing. Yes, yes... the hardware looks nice. That's what people went nuts for when the first PSP was announced. And you know what? That wasn't enough then either! Haven't people learned anything? I guess if they really want something to stick in a drawer to keep their original PSP company they should go for it. Me? I'm waiting.

#11 Edited by Blair (2505 posts) -

I don't even know... PSP1.5?  Software seems bland.  Graphics seem amazing.  Touch screen?  Meh.  Design?  Yeah, okay.  Someone needs to tell them to bring out a big software reveal.  Chrono Break!
 
We'll see if I grab one or not... I'm still not sure.

#12 Posted by gla55jAw (2689 posts) -

NEW GAME MEDIA.....FLASH CARDS! 
 
Anyways, I hope games don't require all this touch screen junk. We finally have 2 sticks, that's all I need on a hand held.

#13 Posted by VisariLoyalist (2992 posts) -

from what i've heard about it, the really cool thing is the variety of control. Just think this will be the first device for example that will allow you to choose a game by tapping it and play it with the standard tactile controls or vice versa

#14 Posted by Zanthox (238 posts) -

Wow... Looks super impressive. Now I have to try to save enough cash for two handhelds this year. Greeeaaat

#15 Edited by RE_Player1 (7560 posts) -
@Snapstacle said:

" @TheDudeOfGaming said:

" Can you watch porn on it? "

Not only that, but you can touch it from the front and behind. And also take dickpix with a front and rear camera. "
New system being announced and the ability to put porn on it is already being discussed. I love gaming :D
#16 Posted by Woodroez (344 posts) -

That render shows what looks like actual sticks rather than those analog pad things. Huh. Wonder if the sticks being so close to the d-pad and the face buttons will make them a nuisance. That probably isn't the final design anyway, I guess.
 
Also, no price point yet?

#17 Posted by PhilESkyline (778 posts) -

Live feed is up...  
 
  

#18 Posted by FCKSNAP (2299 posts) -

Well I'll obviously need to buy a fanny pouch for this thing if I want to carry this and the Jungle around with me at the same time. I'm thinking late 80's/early 90's bright pink fanny-pack and a neon green visor to go with it. Any thoughts?

#19 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Fuck 3D. 
 
Seriously. Just fuck it. 
  
This is exactly what I want, a portable fucking console.

#20 Posted by Bistromath (613 posts) -

I desire a PRICE TAG!

#21 Posted by MaddProdigy (1041 posts) -
@ep_driver: The Live Stream from Kotaku quoted one of the executives as saying it is graphically as powerful as the PS3
#22 Posted by Hailinel (24710 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:
" Fuck 3D.  Seriously. Just fuck it.   This is exactly what I want, a portable fucking console. "
Really?  You want to play games that were designed for console platforms on handhelds?
 
Wouldn't it make more sense to play games that were designed for the handheld format?
#23 Posted by Zealousadonis (133 posts) -

I look forward to playing all my favorite franchises on a screen 10% of the size of my TV.
 
I poke fun but the news of this thing has me mildly aroused.
 
The back touch screen is kind of cool how it relates to the same spot on the front of the screen. As a southpaw, I hated DS games that requires me to use the stylus on the screen to move my character. HATED IT. Doing it by moving my finger around on the back of the screen sounds a lot better. Although I'd still probably prefer the dual analog sticks.

#24 Posted by hagridore (500 posts) -

Uncharted! 
 
I MUST AQUIRE THIS DEVICE.

#25 Edited by dezvous (546 posts) -
@Hailinel said:

Really?  You want to play games that were designed for console platforms on handhelds?  Wouldn't it make more sense to play games that were designed for the handheld format? "

 They are in fact designed for a handheld device, they just play similar to a console. This is such a stupid thing to say. The only reason people even say stuff like this is because the DS plays very differently from a console. Back when the first GameBoy came out it played games exactly like consoles too.

And to answer your question, yes, I absolutely want to play games as fulfilling and rich as console games on my handheld system. With deep storylines, great gameplay and incredible visuals. I've played through Final Fantasy VII-IX, on the PSP and they are just perfect for handheld gaming.

It sounds awesome, 5 inch OLED at a fantastic resolution. This thing is going to look great. 
#26 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -
@Hailinel said:
" @LordXavierBritish said:
" Fuck 3D.  Seriously. Just fuck it.   This is exactly what I want, a portable fucking console. "
Really?  You want to play games that were designed for console platforms on handhelds?  Wouldn't it make more sense to play games that were designed for the handheld format? "
I'll take both, however the idea of playing a huge fucking console game anywhere I want is beyond exhilarating. 
 
It is beyond words.
#27 Posted by bjorno (1416 posts) -

can it do porn?

#28 Posted by GeneralBison (326 posts) -

So the touchscreen is the front 'touch pad'?
Why not call it a touch screen then!
A touch pad isn't even a thing!

#29 Posted by chronicsmoke (996 posts) -

this looks amazing!!! damn now all I need to know how much and when to preorder

#30 Edited by PandaShake (388 posts) -
@GeneralBison: 
The rear touch pad is similar to laptop's I would guess
 
So far, what's being shown on the live stream looks great, but I wonder how the battery life is
#31 Posted by MisterMouse (3553 posts) -

the ability to port ps3 games... that better not be the extent of the NGP's legacy.

#32 Posted by carlthenimrod (1594 posts) -

Looks neat. Too bad it'll cost $1,000 and have a battery life of 20 minutes... Yes, I am from the future.

#33 Posted by Judoboy (23 posts) -

Either this thing is gonna be $500+ or Sony figured out how to defy physics.  

#34 Posted by Leadcat (255 posts) -

"Next Generation Portable" from the people that brought you "Sony Motion Controller."

#35 Posted by SatanicBoomBoomHead (12 posts) -
@louiedog said:

" People are going nuts on twitter for this thing. Yes, yes... the hardware looks nice. That's what people went nuts for when the first PSP was announced. And you know what? That wasn't enough then either! Haven't people learned anything? I guess if they really want something to stick in a drawer to keep their original PSP company they should go for it. Me? I'm waiting. "

 LITERALLY
#36 Posted by Chris2KLee (2335 posts) -

Interesting. Gimme the price then, we talk Sony.

#37 Posted by Portis (1287 posts) -

Holy shit is this thing going to be expensive.

#38 Posted by GrocersPride (14 posts) -

Oh man, I want this! If this can integrate seamlessly with the PS3 it's going to be simply amazing.

#39 Posted by TheVideoHustler (406 posts) -
@TheDudeOfGaming
Can you watch porn on it?
@TheDudeOfGaming
The two joysticks have more uses then you know
#40 Posted by angelfan91 (892 posts) -

I just figured it out.  It looks like a flat black twinkie.  Its ugly too.
#41 Posted by FCKSNAP (2299 posts) -
@GeneralBison said:
" So the touchscreen is the front 'touch pad'? Why not call it a touch screen then! A touch pad isn't even a thing! "
Touch screens just have a "touch pad" on top of the screen. There are a lot of tablets coming out nowadays that have a touch area that goes beyond the screen in order to do more gesture-based controls, and it might be possible that this is what the device might be doing.
#42 Posted by wrecks (2255 posts) -

I'll hit that.

#43 Posted by benpicko (2008 posts) -

Holy Fuck. Now would be the appropriate time to link the song 'Jizz in My Pants', but I'm on my iPod. So... I can't. Damn.

#44 Posted by DrPockets000 (2859 posts) -

All the power the in world will not save you from shovelware, Sony.

#45 Posted by perfectlyretro (6 posts) -

Why havent i seen the adverts for E3, this must be all over the floor. Zammmers

#46 Posted by paulunga (2013 posts) -

So, what about storage? Any internal storage? Does it still use UMDs or something derived from UMDs?

#47 Posted by DarkTravesty (330 posts) -

gotta say finished watching the kotaku live chat disappointed as all get out maybe that'll change when i learn more.  also, i'm dreading the price announcement whenever the hell they decide to comment on that.

#48 Posted by Raven_Sword (3447 posts) -

Thing looks great, although I still need a price.
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#50 Posted by afrofools (1343 posts) -

How is this going to be as powerful as a PS3? Rock-on I say, if that's for realzyz.

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