Sony unveils new gaming device, codenamed NGP
Portable device has Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, rear mounted touchpad, front and rear cameras
Sony Gulf has unveiled its much talked about next generation portable entertainment system, codenamed NGP, which will make its debut at the end of 2011.
The NGP is designed to offer interactive entertainment, parallel to that of the PlayStation.
The new system is designed to offer a rich gaming experience combined with social connectivity through Wi-Fi and 3G network connection capabilities. It will also feature built-in GPS and Wi-Fi location service support.
The NGP has a multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) and a high-performance CPU / GPU, designed to enable rich graphics.
The system also incorporates a multi-touch pad on the back of the device, designed to allow users to be able to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" moves of the fingers.
While the NGP has the same basic design as the PSP, the NGP will feature two analog sticks, which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience.
The device will also feature a front and rear camera, built in stereo speakers and a built-in microphone.
Game titles designed for the NGP will have an in-built "LiveArea" where users can share their gaming experience with other players.
NGP users will also be able to view an "Activity" log which is constantly updated with users' gaming accomplishments.
Sony Gulf FZE will also provide location-based services on the NGP.
The new application called "Near", will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing.
The NGP has also adopted a new gaming medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for NGP software titles.
The card is designed to be able to store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data directly on to the card.
The NGP will also come equipped with three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass.
The new PlayStation Suite will also closely coordinate with NGP. Game content for Android-based portable devices will also work on the NGP.