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New PlayStation Portable set for release this year

Sony said Thursday the successor to its PlayStation Portable machine will go on sale late this year, offering the quality of a home console in an on-the-go machine boasting a screen double the size of smart phones.

Sony said Thursday the successor to its PlayStation Portable machine will go on sale late this year, offering the quality of a home console in an on-the-go machine boasting a screen double the size of smart phones.

The NGP, short for next generation portable, has a touch panel in the front and touch pads in the back to allow players to tap on the machine to move images, in addition to the usual buttons and switches.

It also offers a third-generation wireless connection plus the already available WiFi, allowing for more social networking and downloads. Its five-inch screen is OLED — a different technology from liquid-crystal display — for good colour and image quality about four times better than the current PSP.

Sony said gamers will be able to play games they had been playing on the PlayStation 3 home console without feeling any drop in quality.

Kazuo Hirai, who heads Sony Corp.’s gaming section, proudly held the shiny black machine to cameras, declaring: “This is the NGP.”

He did not give a price, regional release plans or other details.

“We will pursue the ultimate in entertainment,” said Hirai, president and chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Tokyo-based Sony’s gaming unit. “We want to create a revolution in your hands.”

 
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