Sony annuncia la sua nuova console portatile, nome in codice: NGP

Con una mossa a sorpresa, durante una conferenza svoltasi a Tokio, probabilmente per togliere un po’ di visibilità alla straripante Nintendo e al suo 3DS, la Sony ha annunciato e mostrato la sua nuova console portatile, erede della PSP: nome in codice NGP. Le caratteristiche sembrano di tutto rispetto e viene confermata la vocazione multimediale del progetto Sony. Particolare rilievo merita la PS Suite, che promette un’integrazione totale con i sistemi wireless basati su Android. Per ora non è stata annunciata una data ufficiale di lancio (si parla di un generico fine 2011, probabilmente poco prima di Natale).

Tra i videogiochi mostrati ci sono alcuni dei brand classici legati alle macchine Sony: un Metal Gear Solid, un Uncharted, un Killzone e così via (speriamo che non facciano l’errore fatto con PSP di pubblicare porting su porting).

In fondo all’articolo troverete la galleria con tutte le immagini ufficiali rilasciate da Sony su NGP.

Il comunicato stampa ufficiale in inglese:

Tokyo, January 27, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced its next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), which delivers the ultimate portable entertainment experience.  NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011.

NGP is designed to offer unparalleled interactive entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation®.  This new system offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, made possible by leveraging SCE’s experience from both PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®3 (PS3®) entertainment systems.

Deep and immersive gaming is at the core of PlayStation’s DNA, and NGP is the latest embodiment of this vision.  By having both Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity, together with various applications, NGP will enable infinite possibilities for users to “encounter,” “connect,” “discover,” “share” and “play” with friends wherever they are.  Within the device are a range of features that provide a genuinely cutting-edge, next generation ultimate portable entertainment experience.

l  Stunning OLED and Revolutionary User Interface

NGP incorporates a beautiful multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display.  A high-performance CPU / GPU combined with OLED enables rich, visually striking graphics never seen before on a portable entertainment system, for both games and other digital entertainment content.  The new system also incorporates a unique multi-touch pad on the rear, and together with the front touch display, NGP offers new game play allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” moves of the fingers.

l  Super Oval Design and Dual Analog Sticks

While succeeding the basic design philosophy of PSP, NGP adopts the Super Oval Design form factor, created to fit comfortably in users’ hands.  For the first time, a portable entertainment system will feature two analog sticks, which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience.

l  LiveArea™

Every game title for NGP will be provided with a space called “LiveArea™” where users can share the fun and excitement with other players.  Users will have access to the latest information of games provided from SCE and 3rd party developers and publishers through PlayStation®Network.  Additionally, NGP users will be able to view an “Activity” log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users.

l  Near

SCE will also provide location-based services on NGP as part of the basic features utilizing PlayStation Network.  The new application called “Near,” developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing now or what they were playing recently.  Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across different dimensions of time and distance.

l  New Game Medium

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.

NGP will also come equipped with two cameras on its front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass, all of which are designed to enable users to enjoy the world of entertainment that is linked with real life experiences.

PlayStation®Suite (PS Suite), announced today, will also closely coordinate with NGP.  The newly developed and released game content for Android™ based portable devices can also be enjoyed on NGP.  As a result, users will have access to not only the most leading-edge content, but also some of the more casual experiences that typify the mobile market place.

SCE will vigorously promote NGP towards the launch as the next generation portable entertainment platform and deploy various measures to further expand the portable gaming market.

Next generation portable entertainment system (nome in codice: NGP). Le specifiche tecniche ufficiali:

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)
Screen

(Touch screen)

5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED

Multi touch screen (capacitive type)

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 = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

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Terze parti che stanno sviluppando, o svilupperanno su NGP:

Giappone

Acquire
Alvion
AQ Interactive
Arc System Works
Arika
Artdink Corporation
ASCII Media Works
Capcom
Chun Soft
Codemasters Software Company
Crafts & Meister
CyberConnect2
D3 Publisher
Dimps Corporation
Edia
Enterbrain
FromSoftware
Gameloft
Genki
Grasshopper Manufacture
GungHo Online Entertainment
Gust
Hamster Corporation
Hudson Soft
Idea FActory
Index Corporation (Atlus)
Irem Software Engineering
Kadokawa Games
Kadokawa Shoten Publishing
Konami Digital Entertainment
Level-5
Marvelous Entertainment
media5 Corporation
Namco Bandai Games
Nihon Falcom Corporation
Nippon Ichi Software
Now Production
Q Entertainment
Sega
SNK Playmore
Spike
Square Enix
SystemSoft Alpha
Tecmo Koei Game
Tomy Company
Tose
Ubisoft
Yuke’s

America del nord

Activision
Capybara Games
Demiurge Studios
Epic Games
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 Sport

Europa

Avalanche Studios
Climax Studios
Codemasters Software Company
Eurocom Developments
Eutechnyx
Exient
Firemint
Gameloft
Gusto Games
Home Entertainment Suppliers
Impromptu Software
Rebellion
Rockstar Games
Sidhe Interactive
Sumo Digital
Team 17 Software
Ubisoft Entertainment
Zen Studios
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3 comments on “Sony annuncia la sua nuova console portatile, nome in codice: NGP

  1. Eh infatti, per il resto però è un gioiellino tecnologico, ho visto un video di gameplay del nuovo Uncharted per NGP e graficamente è notevole. Però, e questo vale anche per il 3DS, non so se sono pronto a sacrificare la mobilità in cambio di prestazioni grafiche superiori (o tridimensionali).

    La scelta di una nuova console portatile, se ne prenderò una, sarò condizionata soprattutto dai giochi e dal prezzo, per ora osservo come si evolve la situazione.

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