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Sony Has Announced their Next Handheld January 27, 2011

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Rumors have abounded for the past year that Sony was secretly working on their successor to the Playstation Portable.  The rumors ranged from the possiblity of a Playstation Phone or a PSP2, even a PSP Go successor which would be download only was a possiblity.

Well, in a press event, Sony has finally come clean with what they’re working on, and it is indeed a new handheld.  Armed with a powerful mobile CPU, an OLED screen which is larger than the current PSP’s, and a fantastic library of well known Playstation franchise games, this is one heck of a next generation handheld.

This new handheld is pulling out all the stops in providing everything gamers have requested since the release of the original Playstation Portable.  There will be a built in SIXAXIS control which will provide tilt-sensor options, two analog sticks, GPS, 3G data access, and touch pads.  WiFi support of course will return.

The UMD drive is gone.  New games will ship on a new flash memory format cards.  This new flash memory will have write access for savegames and DLC, and this promises to have faster read times than UMD did. 

You will be able to transfer your downloaded content from your old PSP to the new handheld.

The unit is currently unnamed, but it is not currently being called a Playstation Phone or PSP2.  Currently the codename is NGP for Next Generation Portable, pretty generic name.  It has a ship date of Holiday 2011.

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