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Sony officially unveils the PSP2

Sony has officially unveiled the successor to it’s portable console, the PlayStation Portable 2 or if you follow the company’s new namesake, the NGP or Next Generation Portable.

So why is it called the Next Generation Portable?  The PSP2 has specs that’ll make the current high-end smartphones go shy.  The PSP2 features a high-resolution, touch-sensitive OLED screen that’s larger than the original PSP screen, tilt-sensitive SIXAXIS controls, dual analog sticks, front and back-facing cameras, and a touch sensitive back panel.  How powerful is it?  Well if you believe Sony’s press release, they say it’s as powerful as a PlayStation 3 (of course without real benchmarks, that sounds like marketing speak no?) and there’s enough videos from the unveiling event to warrant a second look from even the most casual gamer.  Why?  Take a good look at that screen.  Yes, it’s a lot bigger than the original 4.3″ PSP screen but it packs 4x more pixels.

No, there won’t be a UMD on the back of this thing, Sony is really dead-set on going digital (which is a good thing IMO) but it’s still unclear on what sort of flash memory is being used.

In terms of connectivity, the PlayStation Portable 2 features the all too common WiFi module and for those willing to fork out some cash for an all around cell-based internet connection, a 3G module.

PlayStation Portable 2 AKA Next Generation Portable Specifications

  • CPU: ARM® Cortex™-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)
  • 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?

Too much info? Here’s an infographic brought to you by kotaku:

No world on pricing yet but the PlayStation Portable 2 will be out this holiday season in Japan.  Yes, by December, Japan will be flooded with these powerful portable consoles.  Capcom better have a Monster Hunter game out for the  platform by then :).

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  1. netao_the_chosen_one kun1sak1 January 31, 2011 Reply

    It is awesome! If is true what they have said about the PSP2. But the main problem is the battery. I mean, all this power, with the current battery, how many minutes the portable will go on? That’s what i want to know!

  2. burcu_kara immih February 3, 2011 Reply

    we’ll sony you wanna release a new psp because you think its aint gonna be hacked eh? whatever psp you did whatever playtation you did everything is gona be hacked so dont waste your time on creating psp trying to make them unhackable althought every alittle time you release a new psp to make people buy and buy this sucks all you care is about money you can put all the features above before and your adding the features to psp’s slowly so everyone will buy and you get money but it doesnt look bad though looks nice

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