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    PSP2 (NGP) announced



    Ever since the first PSP was released, many people (myself included) have looked at the great sized screen and nice resolution and wanted it to be touch screen! Well now it will be with the PSPs successor, the PSP2 (codename NGP = Next Gen PSP).

    But it doesn't stop there. The back of the PSP2 will also be touch sensitive, so you will be able to manipulate things on the screen from behind. In addition it also has the 6-axis control system from the PS3's controller, and it now has 2 real analogue sticks, not nubs.

    Here a demo video of the PSP2 in action: http://gamevideos.1up.com/video/id/32708

    More videos, images and info can be found at: http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/27/the-sony-psp2/

    The PSP2 Specs

    5-inch OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution. Multitouch.
    Rear touch panel same size as screen and mapped directly to the game screen.
    Cameras both front and rear.
    Gyro sensor
    Dual sticks (not nubs)
    3G, Wifi, GPS.
    CPU is described as "the most advanced" in its class (not mentioned yet)
    Games will come on "new media," not UMD anymore.

    The official scec sheet can be found at http://playstationlifestyle.net/2011...gp-spec-sheet/

    Power and control

    A 4 core ARM Cortex processor is going to provide more than enough power, and the OLED multi touch screen is going to look amazing. The addition of 2 proper thumbsticks more like the PS3 controller rather than the PSP's nub is a welcome addition, and having GPS built in could add some very interesting features to games, and also combined with the cameras for location logging.

    Finally the interactivity of its control system really does evolve the platform. The PSP was basically a handheld, and cutdown PS2. Its spec for a mobile platform was amazing, and games do still look very good on it, but it's only interaction was traditional direction and buttons. With this new system you have tradition PS3 style control with dual thumbsticks, directional digital control, action buttons and shoulder buttons, but in addition you can manipulate movement with the six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelorometer) and a three-axis electronic compass (combined with GPS this can then tell where you are located and what direction you are facing!), and on top of all this you then have the multi touch screen for proper touch gaming, and a touch sensitive back panel. Mind blowing levels of interaction!

    And it could go even further still. With both front and back facing cameras and a microphone (which is obviously insired by the DSi), developers will surely find a way to utilise these in games, like the mic on the DSi has been used in games like Zelda. The camera could be used like the DS, adding real images into games, or maybe to track movement. Who knows. The possibilities of this new system's controls are endless.

    This is quite an evolution from the original PSP for sure.

    Where does this leave Nintendo and its new 3DS?

    By comparison this makes the new Nintendo 3DS seem a bit primitive. I like the DS as a handheld platform, and in its own right offers a great handheld gaming experience, but the PSP2 is going to technologically leave it for dead. The 3DS is really only an updated DSi and nothing more. It's only real main addition is the larger innovative 3D screen, with the only other change is the analogue stick. Will a true 3D screen be enough to make it a success over this new PSP2?

    Nintendo does have a head start though. The 3DS is being released very soon, but the PSP2 won't be ready until at least the end of the year. Nintendo can use this time to gain a lot of market share before Sony even get started. Microsoft managed this over Sony with the 360, before the PS3 was launched, so there is a danger it could happen again with the 3DS. But is the 3DS enough of an update to the existing DSi to make owners upgrade? I personally don't think it is. How many will be that interested in the 3D screen for more than the initial wow look at that moment? And how many games will actually use it? We won't know until later.

    Software will see who wins out eventually

    At the end of the day it will be software though that sells the majority of these 2 new hadhelds, and traditionally this is always where Nintendo wins. Ever since they entered the handheld market with the Gameboy, their systems have never been the highest spec, but the quality of their games has always ensured they sell well. And I think the same might be true this time too. The PSP2 is going to still appeal the most to the more serious traditional games that are within the current 360, PS3 and PC gaming markets.

    by comparison the DS has always been able to appeal to traditional non gamer (teen girls, women and older generation) due to the game line up. These games tend to be quite different. To the diehard/tradition gamers these games are more like mini games to them, but to the DS gamers they are what appeals. Games like Professor Layton sell DS' alone. And I'm not sure Sony will be able to pitch the PSP2 to attract this market. If they can then Nintendo will need to worry.

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    I read somewhere that you can put your owned PS3 games to the PSP2, and play them on the run. Apparently the PS3 games will run on the PSP2.

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    There haven't been any official announcements about running PS3 games on the PSP2 yet. At the moment we don't know how powerful it is, and if it is enough to do that. The CPUs are quite different in both systems, with a cell chip in the PS3 and a quad core ARM in the PSP2.

    I have the suspicion it will more likely be PS2 games that will be available to buy and download from the PS store on both the PS3 and PSP2. It is the one logical reason Sony removed the ability to run PS2 games on the PS3; because with the online delivery store gaining popularity it could be used to make more money out of PS3 owners than allowing them to just run their old PS2 game discs. If this is true then it isn't really on as we already own the PS2 games, but equally you can't blame them for trying to make more money from older titles. Much like we are already seeing on the PS3 with PSX games available to download and play on both the PS3 and PSP once downloaded. Samw could happen with PS2 games for the PS3 and PSP2.

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    Nintendo never have any need to worry about Sony. They have a completely different market. They have much cheaper hardware, and cheaper games and hardware accessories, and appeal much more to people wanting cutesy or simpler games that have fantastic gameplay instead of photo-realistic graphics, or as entry-level for children.

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    Yes it is true they are very different ends of the gaming market, but Sony are hoping to gain ground on Nintendo's traditional Family market with the PSP2. I don't think they will have much to worry about as Nintendo have always been so good at marketing to their demographic and creating amazing gameplay in their own 1st party titles. The PSP2 like all Sony gaming hardware is still aimed at the dedicated gamers and not the casual family gamer.

    Now, if Sony add a sim card slot and 3G support to the PSP2 they would easily take huge market share from the current smartphone market and the iPhone especially, but they seem to have missed that opportunity. but with the PS Store and Wi-Fi built in maybe they are still attempting to enter that market anyway, just not with mobile internet access.

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    The PSP2 certainly sounds powerful but it seems to be a bit of a mish-mash of features that have just been slung in, kind of a 'kitchen sink' approach it seems to me - and almost an element of 'me too' with features of other devices put there just because the other devices had them, and are/were popular. The rear touch panel sounds odd -hey, we have TWO touch inputs, in your face, rivals!- but depending on implementation could be neat. I do wonder if in later iterations may see some of these features being dumped. If it can be hacked it could be a wonderful emulation device though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harrison View Post
    Now, if Sony add a sim card slot and 3G support to the PSP2 they would easily take huge market share from the current smartphone market and the iPhone especially, but they seem to have missed that opportunity. but with the PS Store and Wi-Fi built in maybe they are still attempting to enter that market anyway, just not with mobile internet access.
    Could be good for online gaming, which we are yet to see really take off for handhelds. Smartphone rival.... not so sure. It seems a bit big for that now, and might be weird to use as a a phone. I heard something about an android os / playstation link up of some sort but don't know too much about it (maybe a market place for branded games on certain approved handsets).

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    Yeah, I think Sony are trying to get their PS Store onto smartphones. Probably on their own Sony mobiles if any, and I would imagine utilising Android as the OS as it is more open than any other.

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    This sounds very interesting. I don't do any handheld gaming anymore, even though I own a PSP. I might look into it? Will wait and see what people say about it
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    Not even tempted by the PSP version of Gran Turismo? And did you know if you own the Gran Turismo 5 on the PS3 you can transfer the cars from the PSP version into the game. Quite a cool feature.

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    Meh, GT is GT. Different cars, different tracks, graphics get a bit better. i.e. the same as the last one, not a real fan of them :P
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