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    Edited By jeff

    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.

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    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.

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    #1  Edited By jeff

    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.

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    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.

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    #2  Edited By TheDudeOfGaming

    Can you watch porn on it?

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    #3  Edited By ep_driver

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

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    #4  Edited By MiniPato

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

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    #5  Edited By Yummylee

    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.

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    #6  Edited By Hailinel
    @TheDudeOfGaming said:
    " Can you watch porn on it? "
    Is Dead or Alive:  Paradise backwards compatible?
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    #7  Edited By FCKSNAP
    @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.
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    #8  Edited By FCKSNAP
    @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!
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    #9  Edited By GalacticPunt

    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?

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    #10  Edited By louiedog

    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.

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    #12  Edited By gla55jAw

    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.

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    #13  Edited By VisariLoyalist

    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

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    #14  Edited By Zanthox

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

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    #15  Edited By RE_Player1
    @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
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    #16  Edited By woodroez

    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?

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    #17  Edited By PhilESkyline

    Live feed is up...  
     
      

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    #18  Edited By FCKSNAP

    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?

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

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    I desire a PRICE TAG!

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    #21  Edited By MaddProdigy
    @ep_driver: The Live Stream from Kotaku quoted one of the executives as saying it is graphically as powerful as the PS3
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    #22  Edited By Hailinel
    @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?
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    #23  Edited By Zealousadonis

    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.

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    #24  Edited By hagridore

    Uncharted! 
     
    I MUST AQUIRE THIS DEVICE.

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    #25  Edited By dezvous
    @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. 
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    @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.
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    #27  Edited By bjorno

    can it do porn?

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    #28  Edited By GeneralBison

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

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    #29  Edited By chronicsmoke

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

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    #30  Edited By pandashake
    @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
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    #31  Edited By MisterMouse

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

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    #32  Edited By carlthenimrod

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

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    #33  Edited By Judoboy

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

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    #34  Edited By Leadcat

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

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    @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
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    #36  Edited By Chris2KLee

    Interesting. Gimme the price then, we talk Sony.

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    #37  Edited By Portis

    Holy shit is this thing going to be expensive.

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    #38  Edited By GrocersPride

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

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    #39  Edited By TheVideoHustler
    @TheDudeOfGaming
    Can you watch porn on it?
    @TheDudeOfGaming
    The two joysticks have more uses then you know
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    #40  Edited By angelfan91

    I just figured it out.  It looks like a flat black twinkie.  Its ugly too.
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    #41  Edited By FCKSNAP
    @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.
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    #42  Edited By wrecks

    I'll hit that.

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    #43  Edited By benpicko

    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.

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    #44  Edited By DrPockets000

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

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    #45  Edited By perfectlyretro

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

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    #46  Edited By paulunga

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

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    #47  Edited By DarkTravesty

    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.

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    #48  Edited By ravensword

    Thing looks great, although I still need a price.
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    #49  Edited By EgoCheck616

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

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