New Sony PlayStation Portable soon

2011-01-27 18:05
The new PlayStation Portable "NGP" machines are displayed at PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Tokyo. (Kyodo News, AP)

The new PlayStation Portable "NGP" machines are displayed at PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Tokyo. (Kyodo News, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Tokyo - Sony said on Thursday the successor to its PlayStation Portable machine will go on sale late this year, offering the quality of a home console in an on-the-go machine boasting a screen double the size of smart phones.

The NGP, short for "next generation portable", has a touch panel in the front and touch pads in the back to allow players to tap on the machine to move images, in addition to the usual buttons and switches.

It also offers a third-generation wireless connection plus the already available Wi-Fi, allowing for more social networking and downloads. Its five-inch screen is OLED - a different technology from liquid-crystal display - for good colour and image quality about four times better than the current PSP.

Sony said gamers will be able to play games they had been playing on the PlayStation 3 home console without feeling any drop in quality.

Kazuo Hirai, who heads Sony Corp's gaming section, proudly held the shiny black machine to cameras, declaring: "This is the NGP."

Threat

He did not give a price, regional release plans or other details.

"We will pursue the ultimate in entertainment," said Hirai, President and Chief Executive of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, Tokyo-based Sony's gaming unit. "We want to create a revolution in your hands."

His comments underline an effort at the Japanese electronics and entertainment company to ward off the formidable threat of Apple Inc which is delivering hit after hit such as the iPhone and iPad.

The popularity of smartphones such as the iPhone is a potential threat to game machine makers as more people play games, as well as watch video, do e-mail and chat on cellphones. People are also using other portable devices such as the iPod and iPad to play games.

Hirai said Sony was working on what he called PlayStation Suite, for enjoying some PlayStation Portable games on smart phones and tablet PCs. Sony will start providing support and starting a licensing program for devices running Google's Android software systems starting this year, he said.

There had been some speculation about Sony introducing phone features, or the so-called PlayStation Phone. Hirai did not talk about that in his presentation.

Sony is facing off in portables against Japanese rival Nintendo Co, which is introducing a new DS with glasses-free 3D features in February.

Sales

US software maker Microsoft Corp is another major player with its Xbox 360 home console, but it does not make a portable. Microsoft has a cellphone business with its Windows Phone 7 software for games and other entertainment on smartphones.

PlayStation Portable sales have been dropping - by as much as 37% in 2010 to about 2.7 million for April - September from 4.3 million the same period the previous year.

By contrast, Apple sold 16.2 million iPhones during the October-December quarter alone. Sony has not yet disclosed its PSP sales numbers for October - December.

More than 64 million PlayStation Portable machines have been sold cumulatively around the world since it went on sale in December 2004.

Yuji Fujimori, an analyst with Barclays Capital in Tokyo, says it's too early to assess what Sony has in the works.

In the long run, game consoles may disappear altogether as games and social networking have arrived on smartphones and other devices, he said.

"Sony's message is more about keeping rival Nintendo in check," said Fujimori.

Graphics

The NGP comes packed with Sony's latest motion sensor and GPS location technology so that gamers can tilt and sway the machine to play golf games, kill monsters and experience other "virtual realities", Hirai said.

Hirai brought on stage several game software developers such as Sega and Capcom who showed footage of PlayStation 3 games adapted for NGP to demonstrate great graphics quality. Sony has signed dozens of developers around the world to work on NGP games.

"We believe NGP will change the way people play games on the go," said Philip Earl of US game maker Activision Inc.
- AP
Read more on:    sony  |  technology
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Africa: Land of Billionaires!

Find out who are the richest of the richest in Africa!

 
 

Men24.com

Best bro movies 2014
Every man should be able to do these three things
Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!
Hottie of the day: Jesselyn

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

24 hour sale – Up to 70% off

Its black Friday, save up to 70% on a wide range of awesome products at kalahari.com. Offers valid while stocks last. T&C’s apply. Shop now!

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Grandiose ideas and plans can trip you up today. Keep things in context and take one step at a time....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.