Sony's ready for its next push in the handheld gaming market. It's announced that its Next Generation Portable (NGP) - aka the PSP 2 - will be out by the end of the year, and says it plans to offer PlayStation games on a range of devices including Android phones.
While it may look a little, well, flat compared to the Nintendo 3DS, the NGP will boast two touch pads, front and rear, allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimensions, through 'touch, grab, trace, push and pull' moves of the fingers.
It has two analogue sticks, a five-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 960 pixels by 544 pixels, and both 3G and Wifi capabilities, along with six axis motion controls and a physical media slot. It's based on a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU.
Games are stored on a new, small flash memory card which can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data. In future, says Sony, higher-capacity cards will be produced.
The system will work with PlayStation Suite, a newly-released framework bringing PlayStation content to Andoid devices.
The device is up against strong rivals, most notably Nintendo's upcoming 3DS; even the standard DS has outsold the PSP by a considerable margin.
And, as the introduction of Android support acnowledges, there's increasing competition from smartphones. Some analysts even see the entire market for dedicated handheld gaming devices disappearing altogether.
Sony has announced a number of games for the new device. As well as
all the current PSOne Classics, these include:
• Hot Shots Golf
• Untitled Call of Duty Project
• Kojima’s “Dream project” (to be seen at E3)
• Yakuza 4 port
• Little Deviants
• Reality Fighters
• Little Big Planet
• Killzone Title
• Monster hunter title
• Dynasty Warriors title
• Wipeout Title
• Motorstorm Title
There's more to come, it says.