Sony has unveiled a new handheld game console, which it has currently codenamed as the NGP - or, Next Generation Portable.
The NGP will introduce new several new features to Sony's handheld line-up, including a new 5-inch OLED, multi-touch screen and dual analog sticks to help improve usability.
The NGP will also feature two cameras - one on the rear, one on the front - and a second multi-touch surface on the rear of the chassis. WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity are included too, as well as built-in GPS and WiFi location service support.
Techwise, Sony reckons that the NGP's quad core CPU (an ARM Cortex A9) and new graphics chip (a SGX543MP4+) will allow it to create PS3-quality experiences on the 960x544 resolution screen. The PS3-like experience will be supported by a six-axis motion sensor (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer). There's also a three-axis compass.
sources claim a battery life of 4-5 hours.
The physical dimensions of the NGP are 182x18.6x83.5mm according to Sony, which also confirms that the NGP will not
feature a UMD drive. Instead, the NGP will introduce a new game medium - small flash memory cards dedicated solely for NGP games. Each card will have space to store extra content and all savegame data on it too.
Sony has also announced a new Android app today, the PS Suite, which will 'closely coordinate
' with the NGP so that games released on Android can then be played on the NGP too.
Sony hasn't given an official price for the NGP yet - though industry analysts EEDAR reckon a $299 - $349 bracket - but has confirmed that it will be on shelves in time for Christmas 2011.
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