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Sony Computer Entertainment has announced the PSP2 – its new portable gaming system which will be available in late 2011.

Codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable), the product will take elements of the PSP (PlayStation Portable) and the PlayStation 3 to deliver an entertainment system which has wi-fi and 3G connectivity and two cameras.

  



The device has an oval design and dual analog sticks – just like the PS3 controller – to allow a wider range of games and genres to be brought to the portable platform including first person shooters.

The front of the NGP is dominated by a 5-inch multi-touch OLED (organic light emitting diode) screen which offers rich colours and clarity.

Besides the traditional controls on the front of the NGP, there is also a multi-touch pad on the rear to give players a unique three-dimensional gaming experience.

Every game for the NGP will also incorporate LiveArea so players can compete online against their friends and other competitors.

There will also be another feature called Near – a location-based service to give users the chance to see if their friends are in the vicinity along with information on the games they are playing.

The NGP will also adopt a completely new format – a small flash memory card for the device’s software titles.

There are also two cameras – one on the front and the other on the rear along with three motion sensors – a gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass – which will be incorporated in some games.

Speaking of games the titles which will be available for the PSP2 will include Little Big Planet, Uncharted, Call of Duty, Killzone, Resistance and Reality Fighters.

Also announced by Sony Computer Entertainment was the PlayStation Suite for Android based smartphone and tablet PCs so their users can enjoy the same Playstation content on non-Sony devices for the first time.

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