Sony NGP: PSP2 finally gets official

Next Generation Portable revealed in Japan

Touchscreen, new UI and UMD replacement tech all included in new PSP.

Forget the damp squib that was the PSPgo and prepare at last to ditch your old-school PSP. Sony has finally come clean about its plans for the PSP2, or to give it its full title, the Next Generation Portable (you can call it NGP if you like).

The new handheld hub was revealed last night in Japan and crams in some killer features. There’s a massive 5-inch 960x544 OLED touchscreen, a touch-sensitive back (just as predicted), dual analogue sticks, cameras front and back, a chip which Sony says is the most advanced available. Chuck in 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi and you’re looking at a winner.

The Sony NGP is also eschewing the PSPgo’s download-only approach, instead opting for UMD-replacing cards. The Big S was thin on details here, but at least complaints about expensive downloads will be a thing of the past.

That’s not to say you won’t be able to access goodies via the PlayStation Store. Sony is going big on location-based games in a bid to challenge the iPhone and Android, with a sleek new ‘Live Area’ UI, that promises to make zipping around the NPG a breeze.

Want some bad news? Sony says the NGP won’t be out until “the holidays”. And no that doesn’t mean the weekend of the royal wedding, it means Christmas. Just the 11 month wait then.

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