Sony unveils PSP2 and smartphone PlayStation Suite

New 'NGP' console and games for all phones
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Sony has unveiled a next-generation portable games console codenamed NGP for next-generational PlayStation Portable.

The device will offer a 5-inch touchscreen OLED display with an impressive 960 x 544 resolution. The device is also highly connected with 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and an electronic compass. 

Controls wise the new gaming device is offering two analog sticks but also sports front and rear touch areas and motion sensors. The rear touch pad is the same size as the screen and Sony used the press event in Tokyo to show off games using the innovative control system.

The firm also announced the PlayStation Suite which aims to bring games to cross-platform smartphones. Sony will be operating a marketplace to buy Playstation Suite games. 

Sony was widely expected to announce a specific PlayStation phone and indeed introduced the Xperia Play. However the electronics giant unveiled plans to bring the PlayStation brand to a wider array of smartphones. The first version will the PlayStation Suite offer a number of PSP titles emulated to run on smartphones.

The PlayStation NGP device is said to be compatible with PlayStation Suite. The firm also surprised by announcing that the device would go on sale during the 'holidays' this year. 

Engadget has a liveblog of the launch event and a number of images of the new Sony NGP device.

Image: Engadget

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