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  1. BIGMercenary PSP2, codenamed "NGP" revealed

    Player Chronicle -- Posted on Jan 27 2011

    (WARNING: LOOONG POST. These were taken from the Playstation.Blog's CoverItLive update feed, by Jeff Rubenstein. Quick bursts of details and such. With all that's being talked about, it sounds like its going to be ~$500. Just do a search for Playstation NGP and you'll find photos of it.)

    "Next Generation Portable"

    Dual analogs sticks, 5 inch OLED display, 3G and GPS, front and rear touchpads, electronic compass on 3 axes.

    "The most frequent request from PSP users was to add a right-side analog stick." Analog sticks, not nubs like on the current PSP. They're raised from the surface.
    "We have developed a 'micro analog stick.' Despite its small size, it delivers a Dualshock experience."

    The OLED boasts 4x the resolution of the current PSP. Compared to a smartphone's 3.5" display, the NGP displays about twice the size. "You can tilt the console and you can see the images clearly from every angle."

    There are cameras on both the front and rear of the device.

    There will be physical media for games, a New Game Media, a flash memory-based card.

    "We will also incorporate 3G networks and accessibility in addition to Wi-Fi"

    "NGP will be released starting from the holiday season this year." *Note: More than likely it will see a Japan-first release.)

    Franchises shown: Hot Shots Golf, Gravity Daze, Killzone, Reality Fighters, LBP, Little Deviants, WipEout, Resistance, and Uncharted (!)

    The LiveArea UI is the gateway to the games. From there you can launch the game, launch the store (for DLC, for example). You can jump back and forth between the game and LiveArea. You can communicate in LiveArea and see others playing the game, and what they're doing in the game. You can comment on your friends activities, like if they had a great score or hit other milestones.

    Now to talk location-based entertainment, and the "Near" feature. Near shows where you've traveled throughout town (Tokyo being shown as an example). You can see the most popular title played in an area, like the busy Shibuya district. Near detects what others are playing and doing in your vicinity. You can see what others are playing, and even buy the game from the Near interface. Other features planned, location-based gaming elements, and meeting new gamers.

    Kaz Hirai talks augmented reality, like in Eyepet, Invizimals, and other PS Move titles.
    (This next part is interesting)
    Yoshida-san back on stage. He's playing Hot Shots Golf. It looks at least as good as HSG for PS3. Once you line up your shot, you can enter a first person view, and as he moves the NGP, it's like he's looking through a window to the golf course. You can look at your feet and tee up the golf ball.

    "Of course you can play downloadable PSP titles on NGP."

    Hideo Kojima: "There's no announcement of a new title today, but I'd like to talk about the future perspective" He's showing a cutscene from MGS4 rendered on the NGP. "On NGP, we can enjoy the same quality as PS3." "When we launched Peace Walker for PSP, this is what I said: In the near future there will be a world of cloud computing... I really believe that you can have a portable MGS and Peace Walker was an experiment for the cloud computing future. NGP allows this cloud computing." "What I'd like to realize is playing on your PS3, and when you go out, you put the game on your NGP, and when you come back home, you can once again use your PS3 and large screen TV." "This dream is going to come true in the near future. And right now, I'm working on this project of the dream. I'm sorry, I can't reveal this now. But we'd like to present what we're doing at E3"

    Tim Sweeney from Epic games here now... Unreal Engine 3 is shown operating on the NGP. "This is made possible by Sony's multi-core GPU... which is roughly 4x as powerful as any portable we've previously seen"

    Philip Earl from Activision: 3 words: Call of Duty. "We believe that NGP will change the way people play games on the go, and what better way to prove that, than with Call of Duty." "We believe CoD for NGP will set the bar for the next generation of portable gaming." "When considering the OLED screen, dual analog sticks, touch screens, and social connectivity options, the possibilities are endless."

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