NGP is the PSP2

PSP2

The Nintendo 3DS stole my heart a while ago, but with the recent news that some of the bigger 3DS titles are being pushed past the launch window, my enthusiasm has dwindled. I’ve also begun to realize I don’t give two waggles of a Wiimote about 3D, and a 3 hour battery hardly seems all that great. Sony’s PSP2 (currently dubbed the Next Generation Portable or NGP) is the dagger in the 3DS hype train, and here’s why.

A touch screen, the rear-mounted touch pad and dual analog sticks gives gamers flexibility to not only control their favorite titles in different ways but to allow for the same kind of innovation the Nintendo DS has enjoyed. By having a touch pad on the back instead of a second screen, gamers can still interact with what’s happening on screen without obstructing their vision. The vibrant, OLED touch screen offers the same kind of accessibility anyone with an iPhone/iTouch can attest to: tapping icons, doing finger gestures and more is a breeze and makes sense.

 

Speaking of the iOS devices, it seems like Sony has taken the best parts of mobile gaming and expanded the experience. One of the reasons why mobile gaming has taken off is the pickup and playability of its titles. It’s simple to tap the Angry Birds icon on your iPhone and start flinging. The PSP2 has taken the best part of the iPhone setup and mixed the Sony pedigree of deep(er) gaming experiences: now, when gamers put in the flash memory stick, the game icon’s appears in the LiveArea, which is replacing the XMB interface of the PSP and PS3. Tapping this icon loads games as fast as an iPhone app.

 

Next Generation Portable

Rear mounted touch pad

 

The decision to remove the UMD drive might anger some of the PSP fanbase, but in the long run should prove to be a better decision, particularly if Sony smartly includes some ability to transfer UMDs to a digital format. Games will load faster, and each flash memory card has enough space for the game, the save file and any downloadable content. Furthermore, by transitioning to these flash cards, gamers will see bigger and better games as the cards grow in size.

 

It has been confirmed that PSP games will be playable on the PSP2/NGP, as will PS1 games. Hideo Kojima, who created of the Metal Gear series and spoke at the event, gave a hint that there could be a higher level of interactivity between the PS3 and PSP2, and he said he imagined a PS3 game that could be transferred to the NGP and continued right where players left off.

 

The NGP has graphics that rival the PS3, but all the presenters from Sony made a point to specify that the graphics weren’t quite as powerful. That being said, Sony showed a new Uncharted game that looked quite beautiful and almost to the level of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for the PS3. Touch controls enabled gamers to tap on the environment, and a zoom function could be controlled by pinch controls and aimed with a gyroscope.

Uncharted NGP

Image Source: Kotaku

Other notable announced titles included LittleBigPlanet, Resistance, Killzone and Call of Duty. Metal Gear Solid 4 had a real-time tech demo displayed, but on a personal note, I hope we see a Metal Gear game on the NGP. I want to hear Otacon’s “Snake? Snake!? SnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAKEEEEEE!!!!” on the go.

 

Oh, did I mention that the NGP will have 3G and WiFi? Yeah, it does that too. Maybe Sony should have saved the “It Only Does Everything” moniker for its new portable device.

 

Full disclosure: I’m too pumped up about the announcement to make any kind of rational analysis.  Check back tomorrow for my thoughts and predictions. I gotta take a cold shower in the meantime.

 

What do you think Sony got right about the NGP? What do you think it’s missing? Sound off below, on Twitter @Moralitypts or on the Morality Points Facebook Page and let us know–your opinions might be featured in tomorrow’s article!

 

Here are the NGP’s full specs—God I hope they change that name soon.

 

CPU:

ARM Corte-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)

 

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3 Responses

  1. So, 3DS is 250, let’s say NGP is 250, which do you buy? Now, let’s say 3DS is 250 but NGP is 300, which do you buy, (which I guess wouldn’t change if 3DS is the answer to the first question)? Personally, I plan to purchase both eventually, but NGP has such a strong release line-up, I’d be much more inclined to purchase that at launch, than the 3DS and third-party junk

  2. Ha, well apparently GameStop is taking preorders for $999. Would you buy the NGP for 1k?

    I think GameStop is way off. They better be way off. If they aren’t, well, at least the device sounded cool.

    But to answer your question, if the NGP costs $300, I’ll still be buying it. There’s no contest right now in my mind between 3DS and NGP

  3. Im so excited about CFW on the PSP GO, Hopefully this will help me

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