Sony Announces the PSP2 (NGP)! Sony’s conference live (sortof)
I’ll try to update this post with stuff I find, for now, my main source is Nikkei’s “Trendy” twitter:
(additionally check kotaku,shamelessly took some of their pictures)
15:10: It begins
15:13: CEO Hirai goes on stage. Says that They will announce something big
15:15: Today, Playstation makes a new dream come true
15:17: 80% of PS3 users are connected to the PSN. 69 million users, more than 1.4 billion downloads
15:19: outside of the living room, the portable world. Portable gaming has become a real factor. Since the PSP was released, we saw the rise of Smartphones and tablets
15:20: We cannot ignore this new market, we need smartphone owners to be able to access playstation content
15:22: Introduces “Playstation Suite” which will allow android and tablet users to enjoy playstation content
15:24: Playstation Suite includes a Playstation emulator
15:26: The playstation suite will allow people to download playstation content through the PSN
15:27: The playstation suite will be available at the end of the year
15:28: Moves on to portable gaming. We will offer the best portable entertainment experience ever
15:30: We are building a successor to the PSP. It will have a new UI, social functions, GPS, Virtual reality, and Playstation suite support
15:32: The PSP successor will change the way users play on mobile devices
15:35: The new PSP, codename NGP, will have a 5 inches OLED screen
15:36: The NGP will have 4 times the resolution of the current PSP. There’s also a touch panel on the back.
15:37: For games, a new super small card format has been designed for the NGP (note: replacement of the UMD]. It will also support 3G networks. And it will be released at the end of the year!
15:38: NGP Will have the performances of a PS3, and 2 analog sticks
15:39: Talks about the “social” importance of gaming, the NGP will focus on that. Talks about AR (augmented reality?) gaming that will be possible on the NGP
15:40: The two touch panels (the front screen, and the back) will have a major impact on people’s interaction with the console
15:41: The two analog sticks, just like the dualshock, immerse you even more in the games
15:47: Normal operation will be done with the 2 analog sticks and the buttons.On top of that, the touch pads and gyroscope can be used too. The back touch pad can be used to move your character
15:48: The OLED also is a touch screen and will also allow to move your character
15:49: in other words, the analog sticks plus buttons are for usual operations, but the other parts can be used for enhanced experience
15:50: The NGP has 5 major point. First, its revolutionary UI
15:51: There’s a front and rear Camera
15:51: Ships with a system that nows where you are, all the time (duh, GPS)
15:52: The Nikkei Journalist wants to see a picture, how can so many controls work together with only 2 hands?
15:53: Introduces the rear touch panel. Gives the feeling that you control the world in the game.
15:54: Does more stuff with the rear touch panel. tap it and the character jumps. Use two fingers and the character moves faster (?? or zoom in ?)
15:56: Shows more interaction possible when you touch both the front and rear panels at the same time
15:57: Each game will provide a “Live Area” zone, in which people can buy items, get announcements from the game distributor, etc…
15:59: Live area will also allow to see messages sent by friends, etc… with the 3G integration, you’ll always be online
16:00: Introduces the NGP location system. Nows where you are, what games are currently being played around you, most popular games in this area, etc…
16:01: For example if you’re walking in shibuya and want to know what games are popular in this area, you can do it, and discover games you never heard about before
16:05: Sony plans to distribute a kit to use the benefits of this location system (to devs?)
16:07: now shows the Gyroscope functionality with the game minna no golf
16:10: Capcom’s Takeuchi shows Monster Hunter 3 running on the NGP with Playstation Suite (proof that the NGP will be backwards compatible…but obviously not with UMDs) downloadable content will work on the NGP.
16:15: Takeuchi says the analog sticks feel very good.
16:18: NGP stands for “Next Generation Portable”
16:20: Nagoshi from Sega comes on stage. Says he was flabbergasted by the possibilities of the device
16:25: Akihiro from Tecmo Koei goes on stage. Shows a game using the touchpad to kill enemies
16:27: It seems all the games being showcased are still in early development stages, under “experimentation” phases
16:30: The famous Hideo Kojima goes on stage and shows some scenes from MGS4
16:31: Kojima mentions the possibilities of using cloud computing for games (yay for the buzzword…). The MGS4 is apparently ported directly from the PS3 and runs “as is” (???)
16:32: Mentions he’s working on a game that players could start playing at home, and then continue playing directly on the NGP (follow up on his comment about cloud computing)
16:33: Porting a game from the PS3 to the NGP took less than one week, and no visual quality loss.
16:35 The Unreal engine 3 runs on the NGP. The NGP is a “highend computer that fits in your pocket”
16:38: With its multicore CPU, the NGP has 4 times more power than standard mobile devices
16:39: The new PSP uses and ARM Cortex CPU with PowerVR SGX543MP
16:50: Price tag is not revealed yet
17:00: That’s it!