At a press conference in Japan last night Sony announced a device they call the NGP (Next Generation Portable) which is essentially the PSP2. This new handheld has wild hardware specs and I mean that in the best way. Sony has obviously been listening to fanboy outcry, because they put everything into this device:
- dual analog sticks
- a multi touch screen on the front
- a multi touch pad on the back
- a camera on the front and on the back
- six axis motion
- a quad-core cortex-A9 processor (!)
- 3G and WiFi and connectivity
And let’s be honest, this is a really nice looking piece of hardware. And you’ll be able to buy your own this holiday.
There is no word, as far as I can tell, if there is a 3G data plan on the NGP or if it is just going to do basic location services, like a GPS, or transfer only bit’s of data, like a Kindel, over the 3G network. There is also no word on price… with all the stuff inside this device, I wouldn’t be surprised if it got a 300 dollar price tag. Yikes.
I’m am pretty excited for this. Initially because I love getting to see new hardware. But now, because I think it’s really going to make Nintendo step up its connectivity game. They’re going to have to if they want to compete with the iPhone, and Sony. I don’t mean the 3DS should get 3G, but their online service should work, and it should be seamless.
[Joystiq and others]