The PSP 2 is go!

The game industry let out a collective sigh of relief at approximately 1 AM EST this morning as the long awaited PSP 2 was unveiled at Sony’s Announcement conference. The PSP 2, code named NGP for “next generation portable”  is set for release by the end of 2011, and though pricing information was not provided a lot of things we requested for were! For starters this is the first PSP with dual analogs, a multi-touch screens, front and rear facing cameras, and a quad, QUAD,  core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. You can find out more about the hardware after the gallery below.

Games

Sony showed off a few games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Lost Planet 2, Yakuza, and a demo of the Unreal 3 Engine at the conference. They also took us on a tour of the new interface system, dubbed LiveArea, which is a one-stop shop to access trophies, message boards like  Other games mentioned in development for the NGP:

  • Killzone
  • Uncharted
  • WipEout
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Resistance
  • Little Deviants
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • Reality Fighters
  • Gravity Daze
  • Smart As
  • Broken
  • Hustle Kings
  • Call of Duty

Hardware

CPU:

ARM Corte-A9 core (4 core)

GPU:

SGX543MP4+

External Dimensions:

Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)

Screen:

(Touch screen) 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED Multi touch screen (capacitive type)

Rear touch pad:

Multi touch pad (capacitive type)

Cameras:

Front camera, Rear camera

Sound:

Built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone

Sensors:

Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)

Three-axis electronic compass

Location

Built-in GPS

Wi-Fi location service support

Keys/Switches:

PS button

Power button

Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)

Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)

Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)

Right stick, Left stick

START button, SELECT button

Volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless Communications:

Mobile network connectivity (3G)

IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)

(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)

Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

There are still a lot of questions left unanswered, most notably the price, release date, battery life. While you ponder this we shall leave you with a video showcasing Uncharted 2 being played on the PSP 2. Enjoy!

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