The Sony PlayStation Portable 2 (PSP2), previously codenamed NGP has officially been announced, and will be released at the end of 2011. Fans of the original PSP know it as a high definition portable entertainment system, capable of 3D gaming, network play, listening to music as well as viewing photos and videos. What will the PSP2 bring? Read on to find out.
First off, the PSP2 will feature a 5″ OLED multi-touch screen, which offers rich, bright colors. There is also a high-performance CPU/GPU, which will allow for stunning 3D graphics and complex gameplay with no processor lag.
WiFi and 3G
The originally PSP had WiFi connectivity, but the PSP2 goes a step further. In addition to WiFi, the PSP2 will feature 3G connectivity. This will allow for web-based apps, web surfing, and online multiplayer anywhere (similar to Xbox Live or PSN on the PS3). While the 3G connectivity will certainly require a fee to use it, the PSP2 may also feature cell phone abilities, or at the bare minimum, Skype calling.
One of the main features of the PSP2 fans have been waiting for is dual-analog controllers, as opposed to the original PSP and PSP Go, which only had one analog control stick. A surprise addition is the inclusion of a multi-touch pad on the back of the unit, similar to the Motorola Backflip. These options, combined with a touch screen will offer game developers many new possibilities when it comes to the interface in games. The PSP2 will also feature 2 cameras, one on the front and one on the back, giving the ability for video chat and more.
Games and Developers
With so many new interface options and multiplayer capabilities, game developers will have a field day with the PSP2. Imagine playing first-person shooters with all of your friends while commuting to work (of course, not while driving), getting your name on world-wide leader boards, and chatting while playing. In the words of Nintendo of old: “Now you’re playing with power.”
At this point, it is unclear how the PSP2 will stack up against the 3DS, Nintendo’s 3D handheld gaming system, but it is arguable that they are geared towards different markets. What can be said is that Sony has addressed the shortcomings of the original PSP (FINALLY, dual-analog sticks!), which makes me hopeful that the PSP2 will see more popularity than the original PSP. I personally love the original PSP, but its shortcomings had many sticking to their home consoles and Nintendo DS’.
Source:Press Release – Sony Computer Entertainment Announces its Next Generation Portable Entertainment System