Sony Next Generation Portable: What You Need to Know

We answer your questions about NGP hardware, games, and other features of Sony's new handheld.

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Given the deluge of information released on Sony's successor to the PSP, it can be easy to overlook significant pieces of information about the new handheld. We've sorted through the interviews and demos and will attempt to answer major questions about the Next Generation Portable.

What are the specs for Sony's Next Generation Portable?
You can find the full list of specs here, but the short version is that it has a 16:9 5-inch OLED touch screen, a multi-core ARM CPU, a PowerVR multi-core GPU, a touch pad, gyroscopic control, Wi-Fi, 3G, and more. Sony's head of worldwide development, Shuhei Yoshida, said in our interview, "It's closer to PS3 [than the PSP was to the PS2]," in terms of processing capabilities. Sony wanted to make it as easy as possible for developers to bring their assets and programming techniques from the PlayStation 3 over to the NGP.

A crucial part of the NGP: a second analog stick.

What's OLED?
That's the technology that powers the NGP's screen, and it stands for organic light-emitting diode. Because the technology doesn't use backlighting to light the entire screen (like in LCDs), it's able to produce more accurate colors and a higher contrast ratio. Additionally, the lack of backlighting makes it less power hungry, so the battery won't take a huge hit.

What kind of format will the games come in? Are they download-only games?
Yoshida explained that NGP games can come in two formats. One format is basically a proprietary card (or "game card," as Sony calls them) that you can purchase from a store as you would any other game. The other format is digital--you can download games from the PlayStation Network, including PSP games.

Will there be both physical and digital versions of all games?
It sounds like most, if not all, of Sony's first-party games will be available through game cards and through the PlayStation Network. However, there will be smaller PSN-exclusive games that won't be released on game cards. We're not sure if third-party publishers will follow suit with two versions of their games.

Will the NGP have built-in memory because it uses cartridges?
No. The NGP actually has two different slots--one is for the game cards and the other is for a memory card (Sony calls them "media cards") that Sony has yet to reveal. This means you can store all of your personal data (videos, photos, downloads) on the media card and then play games using the game card.

How much will game and media cards cost?
Sony has not officially announced the price point for NGP games or the media cards.

How will PSN work on the NGP?
Thankfully, you'll be able to use the same PSN ID across the PlayStation 3 and NGP. It will offer similar features found in the PSP and PS3 versions of PSN (including trophies, eventually), but Sony is working on some NGP-specific PSN features that it has yet to reveal.

Will NGP games have trophies?
Yes.

Will NGP games have downloadable content?
Yes. Yoshida said that NGP games can have DLC, but what's interesting is that the DLC and game saves can be stored on the game card and not the media card, which would indicate that the game cards come with some extra space for such uses.

Games will come in both physical game card and digital flavors.

Can I play my PSP games on the NGP?
You can play the digital versions of PSP games (that are available on the PSN) on the NGP. The NGP does not have a UMD drive, however.

What kind of connectivity options does the NGP offer?
The NGP features both Wi-Fi and 3G connection options. At this time, both connection types will be available in Japan, North America, and Europe, but European consumers--according to an interview at Eurogamer--will also be able to buy a Wi-Fi-only version of the NGP. No word yet if that option will be available in other territories.

How long will the battery last?
Sony has yet to release any details on battery life, but a report on 1UP indicates battery life will be about the same as the PSP, which would be about three to six hours.

How much will the NGP cost?
No word yet, but analysts have pegged it from $300 to $350.

What games have been announced?
Some of Sony's major franchises will make an appearance on the NGP, including Killzone, Resistance, and Uncharted. Konami has revealed that it's working on something Metal Gear Solid related while Capcom will release an NGP version of its Monster Hunter game. You can find a complete list of currently confirmed, shown, or teased NGP games here.

When will the NGP be available in stores?
Holiday 2011.

Discussion

282 comments
daboy13
daboy13

cant wait for this to come out im going to pre order im making sure i get this

skeletor869
skeletor869

You guys need to realize the fact that a $300 - $350 price point for the NGP is a great deal for what your getting. Games almost as good as PlayStation 3 in played on a hand-held system? Yeah, I'd pay $500 for that alone!

Jackc8
Jackc8

Looks cool. I hate the fact that after paying $300 - $350 for this thing, you'll still need to pay extra for a memory card just to use it. Good grief, can't give us a few GB's of internal memory for that ultra-premium price?

suhinho
suhinho

wish if u can play ps2 games on this i mean i can afford to replay all of my favorite ps2 games on the handheld. guess playing ps3 games r a longshot

Demonicstriker
Demonicstriker

Where does it store the games you get on the Playstation store. Because if I have to delete games all the time im going to get pissed and they dont have a cartridge when you download them or will you have to buy a blank game card because if that is the case thats hella gay I dont understand why they wont stick to a format and keep with it like all the systems using memory stick duo why not keep that as the media card or downloads including games. It pisses me off when companies come out with a format and when a new system comes out they go away from it.

XxParasite
XxParasite

Wait...do you need a memory card to save game data? That would seem to be pretty bad with cartridges. (Remember how annoying it was when the occasional N64 game required a memory card?)

JD_Escobar
JD_Escobar

man $300 is so much for a portable, but whatever i'll probably still get it even if its $500

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@McBoogerballz either way is good. I dont find life all too fascinating anyway.

townsenda1
townsenda1

@snake63, You are definitely right about that. Sony is getting a little expensive. We will see.

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

@keyblade42 Thanks, I thought it was christmas.

keyblade42
keyblade42

@SANDMAN201 Christmas of course. It's just saying it will be out around Christmas time. Anyone could figure that out and it's pretty common knowledge.

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

It says "Holiday 2011" But what holiday?

Linkari
Linkari

I hope the analysts are wrong about the price. I know the NGP is a powerhouse of a system but I can't see me spending what I would for a console with a handheld. I also sincerely hope that the NGP loses the "bad control" curse that seems to plague a lot of PSP games I like to play.

McBoogerballz
McBoogerballz

@angadriar holiday season means from thanx giving to Xmas....you ppl..srsly.

McBoogerballz
McBoogerballz

@PeterDuck What if ppl forget to unfreeze you....

yankeesfan2
yankeesfan2

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snake63
snake63

@townsenda1 Don't forget the price of the games. I see a $50 price tag.

snake63
snake63

Darth Vader can you put me in carbonite till December?

pwncakes52
pwncakes52

@Magic Panda92 It means this Christmas of 2011. What a b*tch.

Magic_Panda92
Magic_Panda92

Sounds stupid to me but what is "holiday 2011"...when is this? Is this an American term for a certain holiday?

coylenintendo
coylenintendo

@ElevenHandman (wtf?) and no it's not "fanboyism" or any of your other nerdy video game slang XD but anyway, I don't even own a Nintendo system anymore. I made my account when I was like 14 and I'm 20 now but honestly the only thing I play, sometimes, is my Xbox 360. you can't change your username as far as I know, otherwise I would.

coylenintendo
coylenintendo

@ElevenHandman (wtf?) and no it's not "fanboyism" or any of your other nerdy video game slang XD but anyway, I don't even own a Nintendo system anymore. I made my account when I was like 14 and I'm 20 now but honestly the only thing I play, sometimes, is my Xbox 360. you can't change your username as far as I know, otherwise I would.

robertico7
robertico7

Hope the screen is scratch resistant or else

slainta
slainta

Since it will have 3G... could I use it as a mobile phone as well? :D

angadriar
angadriar

what does holiday season exactly mean the Christmas holidays or the summer holidays.

townsenda1
townsenda1

I think this new Sony NGP sounds like it's gonna be great just not totally sold on that price tag. $300-350 seems a little pricey. We will see. I'll wait for things to get a lil closer.

franzito
franzito

What You Need to Know to decide if you want to pay for this

zombehman
zombehman

@hippiesanta have you played a 3DS? If you have I envy you sooooooooo much but dude Its not appreciated at an angle its to be appreciated at every angle

blackace
blackace

kaychun88 Nintendo 3DS or NGP?? I can't decide.. ********************************************************* That's pretty easy. 3DS in March and then save your money to get the NGP during the holidays. Just need to see what price the NGP turns out to be. My only disappointment with the 3DS is the screen isn't the same size as the DSi XL. I have a feeling within 2yrs Nintendo will release another 3DS with a bigger screen and some additional features.

blackace
blackace

garland51 said: @blackace: I would also like it if Microsoft were to enter the handheld market to compete with Nintendo, but IMO, I don't think that they're going to yet (at least not until Sony is out of the picture for making gaming handhelds). What do you think? ******************************************************** Well, I don't think Sony will ever be out of the picture in terms of their handheld systems. The PSP isn't as popular as the DS, but it has made it's mark in the gaming industry. I still has a lot of great games and I enjoy playing it. i definitely want a NGP, but the price has to be right and the games have to be great with lots of new exclusives and a few old favorites. I'll definitely get HSG, Monster Hunter and even Uncharted if it's a different game from the PS3 versions. I want some new stuff as well though. Microsoft may enter the handheld market, but it's not going to happen until after they launch their next game console I think. They know that their hand held will have to have 1080P style graphics and lots of exclusives that can't be played anywhere else. It'll have to surpass the 3DS and NGP by a large margin with innovative features that aren't on these systems. It's going to take a few years. Believe it.

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

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cube-gage
cube-gage

i hope that the current gen systems stay out for another 3 years. I think it is unecesary to make a home console with even more power than the ps3, xbox360 and even wii. We need quality games, and the current hardware is more than capable at delivering excellent visuals anyway. As nice as PSP 2 is, it is simply carrying on where PSP 1 left off, which isnt going to help it sales wise IMO. Where as 3DS will have a big advertising campaign. every parent that bought a Wii or DS will buy a 3DS, every news channel and consumer show will talk about the 3DS and the PSP2 will be the underdog.

kaychun88
kaychun88

Nintendo 3DS or NGP?? I can't decide..

Flint247
Flint247

Man, now I have to decide whether to get a Sony NGP or the PS3 in the future... I'll wait a year or 2 after I get a 3DS.

ElevenHandMan
ElevenHandMan

@coylenintendo Why is it I sense a HINT of fanboyism? Have you read any of the articles that have been released. This is in no way a slight upgrade from the PSP, coyleNINTENDO.

ElevenHandMan
ElevenHandMan

Well, it's good to see PSP Go owners finally catch a break. After purchasing a 'flop' of a system, it's good to see the games they purchased through PSN will integrate onto the NGP. Am I actually going to say I'm disappointed I didn't get a PSP Go? Hahaha.

thetravman
thetravman

What kind of MGS is Konami going to release now? MGS4 and games before were brilliant, but the 2 games for PSP were pretty dreadful, and now they only have a remake for the 3DS. For that reason, hearing about a MGS doesn't excit me anymore.

BelmontWolf
BelmontWolf

@juan99692k6 if you could make phonecalls from it apple would be out of business lol

Giancarlo
Giancarlo moderator

@rsiddiqi Holiday 2011 means around November/December.

juan99692k6
juan99692k6

man if u could make phone calls from this I would gladly pay $300-350 for this.

xFL4WL3SSx
xFL4WL3SSx

Wow Sony really did a good job on this, I was never interested in the PSP but damn this one sexy machine, I just might to get my hands on it this holiday season.

aGiantSquirrel
aGiantSquirrel

Does anyone understand the concept of Near? From what I can tell, it allows you to see what games are being played by people around you. I dont know about you, but I dont want my neighbor down the road, who Ive never met, to know what games Im playing. I persoally like the privacy. Can we turn that feature off???

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Asemco Not sure what you mean by your comment. I assume you mean I am wrong that the PSP wasn't a huge success or that you think somehow that it challenged the DS. Tell you what, give me a list of games that were in top 10 sales in any country for the PSP, and then a list of DS games in the top 10. If you want me to save you the research, the DS destroyed the PSP at every turn, in every country. I'm not saying the PSP was a bad device, I'm simply stating the fact that it did not in any way compete against Nintendo's offering. Nintendo has the handheld market cornered right now and have since the original GameBoy. I had the PSP and I was very unimpressed with the games that came out for it as were most people. From a buisness standpoint, in this economy, charging the same or slightly more for a handheld device as you are for your mainstream BlueRay/Game combo just dosn't make alot of business sence.

rsiddiqi
rsiddiqi

what does "Holidays 2011" mean man?!? I hate people telling me this. Is that summer holiday or before christmas around thanks giving? Makes a hell of difference with the number of months i gotta wait

Kid2812
Kid2812

From a hardware point, the PSP2 looks amazing. The games that are listed also look dead wicked and the option to buy a Wi-fi version only might make the thing a lil less expensive all together. Overall the PSP2 looks really good but i will not buy it intil i've compared it to the 3DS. Everyone is starting to say that the 3DS will not beat the PSP2 but look at the PSP and DS. Like i did with the PS3 and the 360, I'll buy the system that will provide me with the games/entertainment i need from it at a price that isnt over the top at all

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

@youngsexynerd They mgiht be special, pricey cards though. hope not!

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

@icekids headaches? In 25% of the population, plus you could just shut the 3D off:P

AluminumAndroid
AluminumAndroid

It looks sick, the specs are ridiculous. Sony devices are never short of horse power. A formidable opponent to the 3DS.