Sony shows off PSP 2, calls it NGP

During the Sony PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Tokyo, Sony finally revealed the successor to the PSP. What many believed is going to be called the PSP2 is now the NGP which stands for Next Generation Portable.


From the initial looks of the NGP, it is the most sophisticated and powerful portable gaming device we have right now. Next generation indeed with the usual PSP buttons and dual analog sticks, a capacitive touchscreen display rear capacitive touchpads, front and rear camera and a six-axis motion sensing system.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new with the PSP 2 (or NGP). Caution, the following specs might induce drool.

Better display

The design still looks a bit more like the PSP Slim but more elongated to fit its 5-inch OLED touchscreen which sports a 960 x 544 resolution. That’s four times more than the PSP.

Powerful specs

The Sony NGP will be running on an ARM Cortex A9 quad-core CPU. Quad Core!! Dual-Core on smartphones are still rare these days yet the NGP will be having a quad core CPU.


If that’s not enough, the graphics on the NGP will be handled by a quad-core GPU (Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX543MP4). That’s like having the graphics of the original Xbox on your portable gaming device. The iPhone 5 is rumored to have the dual core version of the SGX543MP.

Aside from WiFi, the NGP will also have 3G mobile network connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 and a built-in GPS.

More control options

The most dramatic change physically is the inclusion of the rear left and right touchpads. This brings a new dimension (or complexity) to gaming controls.


Aside from the typical d-Pad, shoulder buttons and analog sticks, you also have the touchscreen and rear touchpads to think of when you play a game. Then there’s the six-axis motion sensing system (3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis electronic compass) that you can also use to play games.


The LiveArea is a game-oriented communication platform which acts as the main UI of the NGP. Although I prefer the old XMB better, I guess this works because of the touchscreen.


You can check out your friend’s gaming activities, their achievements and trophies as well as recently played or purchased games. Thanks to its built-in GPS, you can also keep track of games being played in the area. See what’s popular in your area so you would know what’s your next game purchase should be.

The PSP 2 or NGP is still not yet final. Sony is planning to release this during the holiday season this year so there’s still a lot of time for some tweaking, including changing the hardware design. But based on the initial showing, Sony has really changed how a portable gaming device should be made in this generation.

Check out Engadget’s Live Blog to see more NGP goodness from the PlayStation Meeting.

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  • Tres

    Quad-core? Hwaaaat? Makes me drooooool. I like this new PSP 2 except for the name. Come on sony you can do better than that.

    How much is the new PSP 2(NGP)?

    • no word yet but i hope they stay in the range of the psp when it first arrived. Php12-Php15k.

  • Can’t wait to try it.

  • The PSP Go just wasn’t good in general. It’s kind of like the itoy… no one talks about it anymore, because it was a gaming fuck-up but that’s okay because sony doesn’t do that too often.

  • aldwinjason

    i hope it could support 3D games like the new Nintendo DS

    • warfarin07

      fuck 3D, HD is much better!!!..this handheld is far more superior than 3DS at every angle…

  • This is definitely revolutionary! I love the design actually. Like it more than the PSP. Sony always surprises me with their new concepts. Will sure do get this.

  • Anonymous

    it will be better , if they add Messaging too !!!

  • It looks tremendous, the screen should be fantastic as it uses OLED technology!!..

  • Magie

    I hope it will be available soon. 😀

    • levinz

      …….. me too……….. 😀

  • kulot

    its the holiday season already.. i’ve tried checking it out on some stores if its already available here, but its not.. 🙁 can somebody please tell me where and when can I/we buy this? 🙂

    • even sa US pre-order pa lang sya. january pa darating.

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