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Sony NGP previewed: “It’s light, and it is beautiful”

Thursday, 27th January 2011 13:43 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Sony’s PSP2, known as NGP at the moment, was placed into the hands of Kotaku this morning, and the site seemed rather impressed with it.

According to Kotaku, the OLED screen was “stunning,” and the touch elements on it were “more than serviceable.”

The new handheld is much larger than PSP-3000 but was till “surprisingly light,” due to the UMD drive being replaced with flash memory-based cards and digital downloads.

Here’s an excerpt from the preview:

Unlike the smaller PSPgo, the NGP fits comfortably in the hands. On the back, there is a touch pad, which is glossy and slick to the touch. Initial worries are that it’ll get guncky with dirt and grime. Using it, however, felt quite natural as my finger movement responded directly to the onscreen action. There are Sony’s iconic button icons as a monogram. Next to them are grips for one’s hands.

The entire handheld is sealed like an iPhone, so players will not be able to change the battery. The reason for this, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida says, is because of the rear touch pad. It’s apparently not possible to have a rear touch pad and changeable battery like on the current PSP-3000.

On the top of the console, there is metallic trim on which there is a power button as well as volume controls.

Kotaku goes on to say the two cameras on NGP are “unobtrusive,” and the direction pads and buttons are similar to what players are used to with current PSP models. The dual thumsticks were “fats, responsive, and easy to use.”

All in all, the preview was rather positive, and the previewer said Sony’s latest handheld him “pleasantly surprised…it’s light, and it is beautiful.”

Sony unveiled PSP2 during its press event in Tokyo this morning. Get rounded up on all that you may have missed here.

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16 Comments

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  1. G1GAHURTZ

    Fat thumbsticks?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Dralen

    They really just need to change the name back to PSP2, no-one is going to call it the NGP.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. McLovin85

    ‘The entire handheld is sealed like an iPhone, so players will not be able to change the battery.’

    Not that this will really bother me as I never bought a 2nd battery for my PSP but this will piss off a whole bunch of people.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. earlyrock

    Why not just call it..PSP?

    It should just evolve over time, not be branded with 1 2 and 3.

    The general PlayStation logo at the bottom to me suggests that.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @McLovin, more like a bunch of pirates.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah, NGP reminds me of GNP, or gross national product.

    Maybe Sony is dropping a price related hint…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Pixel

    @Dralen – It’s just a codename.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. frostquake

    Looks like a nice rear touch pad, cool with all the little triangles, squares, circles and x’s. Seems quite large too! seems like the palms may get in the way.
    http://kotaku.com/5744686/a-visual-guide-to-the-ngp/gallery/1

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Michael O’Connor

    The official Playstation site states that NGP is a codename, so it’s highly probable that this isn’t going to be its final name.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    Obviously ‘Next Gen Portable’ isnt going tobe the final name…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    @10 Sony’s current marketing does have a very strange habit of giving their ideas very obvious names of late.

    Move, Near, etc.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    ^ Touché.
    Well, atleast they’ve confirmed its a temp name.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Kuwabara

    i want this day 1~~!!!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. earlyrock

    At least it’s not Project NGP :D

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Aimless

    @11 I’ve no idea what you’re talking about. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to watch a movie from the PlayStation Video Store via the PlayStation Network on my PlayStation 3. PlayStation.

    NGP makes me think of NeoGeo Pocket.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    must have

    #16 4 years ago