After all of the rumors for several years, Sony officially announced the NGP (or PSP2) at an event in Tokyo.
Along with its announcement of existence, Sony has also given us a list of features and specs that we can expect.
-Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display
-Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
-Dual analog sticks
-Two cameras. One in front, and one in back
-Software titles on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards
-Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
-Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
-PlayStation Network access, including ӓLiveAreaٔ, NearӔ and ActivityӔ log features Trophy Support
-NGP will be able to play PSP titles, minis, PS one classics, video and comics from the PlayStation Store
-CPU - ARM CortexΙ-A9 core (4 core)
-GPU - SGX543MP4+
-External Dimensions - Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
-Cameras - One in front, one in the rear
-Sound - Built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone
-Sensors - Six-axis motion sensing system, and three-axis electronic compass
-Location - GPS and Wi-Fi service support
-Keys and Switches - PS button, power button, directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left), action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), shoulder buttons (Right/Left), right stick, left stick, START button, SELECT button, volume buttons (+/-)
Sony also mentions several popular franchises that may make its way to the NGP. These include Killzone, Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, Call of Duty, Resistance, and more.
Sony officially announce a new PlayStation Suite Service, which allows Android users to play their favourite PSOne games.
Sony today officially unveiled their new PlayStation Suite service, which will be available later this year. The PlayStation Suite service will allow users of select Android-based systems to utilize the service in order to play their favourite PlayStation One games. This will also include non-Sony devices, giving the company a wider audience to target.
The PlayStation Suite is set to launch later this year, and while plans for future compatibility are unknown at this time, Sony has commented to say that it will be "starting" with PlayStation One games, hinting at the potential for compatibility with other platforms' games or even brand new titles. The PlayStation Suite will also feature on some of Sony's upcoming devices, including the upcoming successor to the PSP.
After a period of time to get things up and going, the closed beta for Killzone 3 will open to all PS3 owners with a connection to the PlayStation Store.
The beta will be accessible February 2nd and run through February 14th. Giving wanting fans just enough time to try out this highly anticipated shooter. PS3 users will also be able take advantage of the PlayStation Move and stereoscopic 3D features with the beta.
The online beta will offer one map and four game modes from Killzone 3. Frozen Dam is the one map that gamers can access. The PlayStation Blog announcement describes this map as: " a sprawling asymmetrical map set in an old dam facility". The three game modes available are Guerrila Warfare, Warzone, Operations, and Botzone. Guerrila Warfare is essentially Team Deathmatch. Warzone is the same as it was from Killzone 2; Warzone puts 24 players in rounds of mini-missions online. Operations is described mostly as an online campaign. Botzone is where a player trying to learn the game can verse up to 15 AI players. Botzone can be played with any of the other game modes.
The rest of the details of Killzone 3 can be answered by playing the beta that launches February 2nd.
Sequel to 2010's RPG juggernaut to receive direct follow-up "next winter."
Square Enix's 1st Production Department Premiere, formerly the Fabula Nova Crystallis Conference, was held Tuesday night and revealed new information regarding several games currently in development in both Tokyo and Osaka. A number of surprises were promised for the Premiere, and Square Enix did their best to deliver. Taking a momentary break from the games announced last year or earlier, Square Enix revealed a new game: Final Fantasy XIII-2. A sequel to last year's game had been hinted towards for several weeks, starting with an artwork by character designer Tetsuya Nomura sent to high-ranking account holders on Square Enix's member website with the message "She must not be forgotten."
While details on the game are scarce at present, the official trailer released today shows female lead Lightning sporting a new look in an almost cathedral-like building before squaring off with a new character dressed in black and purple. Early reports indicate that this man is Lightning's "rival," however it is unknown in what way he's opposing her nor whether they have a prior connection. An article in Jump Magazine this week also contained a vague passage: "In the world where I once existed, times path is no longer certain҅"
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is currently slated for a 2011 release in Japan, with the North American and European releases set for "Next Winter."
Spoiler Warning: Pressing play auto-skips this trailer to the 38 second mark. No spoilers are present from there on, however almost everything before that spoils the ending of Final Fantasy XIII.