Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The NGP has some pretty crazy location-based capabilities, mostly embodied in an app called "Near." Near tracks your location, and makes an ongoing map of where you've been. In case you were wondering .... where you've been.

In terms of games, Near connects with PSN, and finds out what's popular among other users where you are right now, as well as what other people nearby are playing. You can even buy games right within that interface! If you stumble into, say, a place where people are playing Hot Shots Golf all the time, you can just buy it right then and be ready for the next impromptu tournament.

Three-axis electronic compass and Built-in GPS.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Upcoming game titles for the SONY NGP:
  • Killzone NGP 
  • WipEout NGP
  • Resistance NGP
  • Call of Duty NGP
  • Hustle Kings NGP
  • Dynasty Warriors NGP
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 NGP
  • Broken
  • Uncharted Portable
  • Reality Fighters

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

It’s probably not a good sign that every time I type “NGP” I have to mentally re-check to make sure I got the acronym right. That’ll probably fade with time. Anyway, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Andrew House spoke with Eurogamer following the NGP reveal today, sharing what meager information he had about the handheld.

The burning question on everyone’s mind is price, but sadly House can’t speculate on that, meaning Sony probably hasn’t even decided yet.

“I can’t put a ballpark on it in terms of figures, but I think what I would say is that we will shoot for an affordable price that’s appropriate for the handheld gaming space,” House said.

Many people are also curious if 3G connections will result in another monthly fee. While, again, House had no specific answers, he did at least clear one thing up.

“The first thing to clarify, which I’m not sure the presentation did a perfect job of doing today, is that all of the devices will have wi-fi capability; a separate SKU will have 3G,” House said. “So the user gets a choice. Wi-fi is available wherever, which clearly is the most important aspect of connectivity and that connected experience; 3G will be a subset of that.”

So the NGP model will end up similar to the iPad. You’ll be able to get 3G functionality if you want it (or can afford it), but the WiFi functionality will be there for those that have any experience with pulling data over 3G. Sony was also selective in the additional functionality the NGP will boast.

“Web browsing features, yes; phone, deliberately no. We’ve avoided it. We think that voice capability carries with it a whole other set of expectations, and we want this to be first and foremost the ultimate gaming experience,” House said. “We’ve elected not to complicate that proposition overly by trying to have it be all things to all people including voice and a conventional phone. Clearly [PlayStation Suite] addresses an already vibrant phone marketplace that serves that consumer very well.”

Despite intentionally not including phone functionality, House maintains that having a multi-function portable device is a cornerstone of Sony’s design philosophy.

“One of the learnings that we took from PSP is that consumers are not satisfied with taking a conventional console experience and merely putting it onto a portable device,” House said. “There has to be a range of features that fit that portable experience. Hence incorporating GPS for location-based services and game experiences. Connectivity is obviously crucial for a new and upcoming generation of gamers who want social connectivity as much as they want a dedicated game experience.”

Of course, all those whizmos and gidgets suck juice, and the PSP didn’t have the best battery life. House addresses this issue without providing any definitive numbers (because they’re probably not available yet).

“I think we’ll have a good, solid battery life because of two factors. It’s influenced our choice of flash media, versus incorporating a disc drive; and number two, the screen is large and gorgeous – it’s also OLED, which is fantastically good for low power consumption as well,” House said. “So there’s two, I think strong, features there that bode well for battery life.”

Of course, the elephant in Sony’s room is piracy. The PSP is nearly synonymous with piracy, and the PlayStation 3’s security was recently cracked open like a plumber’s ass. House doesn’t promise that the NGP will be pirate-immune (because he’d instantly be wrong), but he does promise they’re addressing the problem.

“I think that we will work extremely hard and are already moving very fast to try and maintain the security of our device. It’s the lifeblood of our industry – if you’re going to continue to see innovative games, they have to be within a business model that allows publishers to justify and recoup the huge investments and creative talent they’ve put into those games,” House said. “I think the best thing that I can say on that is we will do our absolute utmost to address any and all security issues around PS3.”

And just in case you were curious about who Sony’s targeting with the NGP, House clears that up for you.

“Clearly in the dedicated portable space,” House said, “we will be in competition with 3DS.”

Thursday, February 3, 2011

one more video about the NGP

NGP (Next Generation Portable): Kazuo Hirai Interview(VIDEO):

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sony showcased a handful of games alongside the reveal of the new PSP, including new titles Little Deviants, Reality Fighters and Gravity Daze, plus games based on the following PlayStation franchises.
  • Uncharted
  • Killzone
  • WipeOut
  • Resistance
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Hustle Kings
  • Hot Shots Golf

Sony says the new PlayStation Portable will also play PSone games supported via its PlayStation Suite platform and will be backwards compatible with downloadable PSP games. To demonstrate this, Capcom's Jun Takeuchi demoed Monster Hunter Portable 3rd for the PSP on a NGP.

Third parties have shown demonstrations of Yakuza 4 and Metal Gear Solid 4 running on the system, with Activision announcing a Call of Duty for the new PSP.

Here is Sony's list of third-party publishers supporting the NGP as of July 27, 2011:

  • ACQUIRE Corp.
  • ALVION Inc.
  • CHUN SOFT CO., Ltd
  • Codemasters Software Company Limited
  • Crafts & Meister Co.,Ltd.
  • CyberConnect2 Co.,Ltd.
  • Dimps Corporation
  • Edia Co., Ltd.
  • FromSoftware, Inc
  • Gameloft K.K.
  • Genki Co.,Ltd.
  • Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.
  • GungHo Online Entertainment,Inc
  • HAMSTER Corporation
  • Index Corporation (Atlus)
  • Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.
  • Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
  • LEVEL-5 Inc.
  • Marvelous Entertainment Inc.
  • media5 Corporation
  • NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.
  • Nihon Falcom Corporation
  • Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
  • Q Entertainment Inc.
  • Spike Co.,Ltd
  • SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.
  • SystemSoft Alpha Corp.
  • TOMY Company,Ltd.
  • TOSE CO., LTD.
  • Ubisoft K.K.
  • YUKE'S Co., Ltd.

48 companies in total.

  • Activision, Inc.
  • Capybara Games
  • Demiurge Studios
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Far Sight Studios
  • Frima
  • High Voltage Software
  • Kung Fu Factory
  • Paramount Digital Entertainment
  • PopCap Games
  • Powerhead Games
  • Trendy Entertainment
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • 2K Games
  • 2K Sports
16 companies in total.

  • Avalanche Studios
  • Climax Studios Ltd
  • Codemasters Software Company Ltd
  • Eurocom Developments Ltd
  • Eutechnyx Ltd
  • Exient Ltd
  • Firemint PTY Ltd
  • Gameloft SA
  • Gusto Games Ltd
  • Home Entertainment Suppliers PTY Ltd
  • Impromptu Software Ltd
  • Rebellion
  • Rockstar Games
  • Sidhe Interactive
  • Sumo Digital Ltd
  • Team 17 Software Ltd
  • Ubisoft Entertainment SA
  • Zen Studios Ltd
 18 companies in total
  • CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU: SGX543MP4+
  • External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Rear touch pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
  • Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera
  • Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
  • Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
  • Location: Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi location service support
  • Keys / Switches: PS button, Power button, 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
  • Wireless communications: 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)


The PSP2 is finally here. Sony revealed its brand new PlayStation Portable at an event in Tokyo, first official look at the PlayStation maker's next foray into handheld gaming, the NGP or "Next Generation Portable. First details below.

Sony boasts that the new PlayStation Portable is as powerful as a PlayStation 3. The device features built-in WiFi and 3G wireless connectivity and uses an all-new form of media storage for games—no more UMD.

Here's how Sony describes it: "NGP adopts a new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for NGP software titles. Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data directly on to the card. By adopting flash memory based card, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich and immersive games."

For now, Sony is officially calling the new PlayStation Portable by its codename, Next Generation Portable or NGP. It will be out this holiday in Japan.