Next Generation Playstation Portable Announced

Speculation has been running wild lately about a successor to Sony’s portable gaming platform, and today many of the rumors were laid to rest. Unfortunately, a few more questions were raised.

While not officially calling it ‘PSP 2’, the NGP or Next Generation Portable, was trotted out on a Tokyo stage with an army of developers and publishers backing it up.

What we know:

  • The device has two cameras, front and back facing
  • Games will be distributed via download or dedicated memory cards
  • Backwards compatible with PSP, Mini, and PSOne Classics, as well as video and comic offerings from the Playstation Store
  • It will have a 5-inch OLED capacitive, multi-touch screen
  • The back of the unit will be a touch pad, substituting for analog left and right triggers
  • Dual analog sticks (NOT nubs, but full sticks)
  • Playstation Network access, including Trophy support (!!!)
  • Motion support (accelerometer, gyroscopic, electronic compass, and GPS)
  • Full rotational range (not just 90 degree rotation lock)
  • Wifi and 3G data support
  • 4 core ARM processor – “About 4x faster than any portable device currently on the market.”
  • Dedicated 3D Graphic processor
  • Scheduled for a Holiday 2011 release and will be shown at E3 2011

What we don’t know, but are REALLY curious about:

  • Price
  • Exact release date
  • Price
  • What 3G carriers will be supported
  • Price
  • Internal memory
  • Price
  • Memory card type (microSD, Memory Stick)
  • Price
  • Briefly mention of ‘Playstation Suite’ for Android sounds suspiciously like an App Store or Marketplace. Will this be an open development platform like Android?
  • How will this device tie into Playstation 3

And we still don’t know the price.

We’ll keep you posted on any new developments.