Games consoles are just like buses these days. No sooner do Nintendo unveil the 3DS, the world's first fully three dimensional hand-held gaming platform, do Sony try to go one better with the announcement of the PSPs long awaited successor, the NGP (or Next Generation Portable, as nobody will call it).
While being billed as the “PSP Sequel” the specs of the device mean it's evolved far beyond its older brother. For a start, the screen resolution has almost doubled between models and we can apparently expect graphics to be “on a par” with the PS3 and Xbox 360, a staggering boast for a hand-held.
Combined with the quad-core processor that's going to power it, it's going to be a little machine of mind-boggling power. 3G and Wi-Fi are included as well for all kinds of added fun and there's even a rumour floating around that the price will be so low, Sony are going to run it at a loss...
They're also squeezing in a Six-Axis motion sensing system behind its screen, so you'll be able to flick and shake the console lust like a joypad. It also includes a three-axis gyroscope and a three-axis accelerometer, which puts it just a single motion sensor behind that of the PlayStation Move.
When combined with the conventional buttons and sticks, allows for “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” moves of the fingers, opening up yet a whole world of creativity for games developers.
Not wanting to fall victim to the same lack of serious games that haunted the release of the PS3, Sony have already confirmed that new versions of Killzone, Call of Duty, Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance and WipEout will be available on or around the launch date.
New games won't be a problem though, with a brand new feature in rear touch pads. Sony claim that such an interface, when combined with the conventional buttons and sticks, allows for “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” moves of the fingers, opening up yet a whole world of creativity for games developers.
Of course, if you prefer your games with an added dimension, Nintendo have finally released othe 3DS into the wild. The long awaited successor to the DSi boasts the ability to bring you 3D gaming without the need to wear glasses and is priced around £200.
And that, unfortunately is major problem with the NGS, according to Sony it's “very unlikely” to have a pre-xmas launch, so we've got just under a year of salivating to do yet.
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