Admittedly, I was never particularly excited about Sony's original PSP, in the same way I'm not particularly excited about the soon-to-be-released Nintendo 3DS. Shockingly, the recently unveiled PSP2, or to give it its current name Sony's Next Generation Portable, has also failed to excite me. Then again, only time and games will tell how the new, gimmick-laden handheld will fare. The multi-touch pad on the back of the screen does sound intriguing and the fact that UMDs have given their place to proper cartridges can only be considered wise.
Anyway, here are the main features of the machine:
- Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display
- Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
- Dual analog sticks
- Two cameras (front and rear)
- Software titles on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards
- Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
- Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
- PlayStation Network access, including LiveArea, Near and Activity log features Trophy Support
- NGP will be able to play PSP titles, minis, PS one classics, video and comics from the PlayStation Store.
The NGP will, performance-wise, sit somewhere between the PS2 and the PS3 and will launch with a rather safe, rather boring line-up, that will include mega-franchises like Uncharted, WipeOut, Killzone, Call of Duty, LittleBigPlanet and Resistance. Yawn.