After months of rampant speculation, Sony has finally confirmed that a successor to the PSP will be released this year. Thanks to our very own Shadow Wave from the forums, who quickly spotted the information on IGN.
For the time being, the PSP2 will go under the title of 'NGP' - meaning 'Next Generation Portable'. Up until now, some rumours have been true while others have been absolute garbage. Today, we can give you the real facts about Sony's latest console.
We haven't been informed about a price or a release date, but presumably Japan will be favoured ahead of everyone else. It's quite possible that Australia won't see the NGP until 2012. That's enough rambling for now, here's what you wanted to know. Remember those Universal Media Discs? They've been abandoned. Instead, a brand new format is being used for the NGP. Flash memory-based cards have been chosen solely for the purpose of developing new software. There isn't a whole lot more to say about the new direction taken here, except that Sony plans to enhance the format in order to give developers more freedom.
Visually, everything has become a bit more streamlined and accessible; the introduction of two analogue sticks immediately improves the layout. A multi-touch pad is based underneath the console, while a multi-touch screen replaces the poorly lit original. Sony wants players to "touch, grab, trace, push and pull", which appears to make use of more advanced technology compared to Nintendo's equivelant - the 3DS.
Cameras are located at the front and rear, the device is 3G compatible and also includes GPS functionality. Here are the specifications, ready for your reading pleasure. We'll bring you more information as soon as we have it.
CPU: ARM Corte-A9 core (4 core)
Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
(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)
Front camera, Rear camera
Built-in stereo speakers
Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
Wi-Fi location service support
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 (+/-)
Mobile network connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)
(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)