Sony has unveiled the successor to the PSP at its PlayStation Meeting 2011 conference and it's filled to the brim with hardware features. Codenamed "NGP", the device has a 5-inch OLED touchscreen display, raised dual analog sticks, front and rear touchpads, motion controls, 3G and GPS capabilities, and cameras found on the front and back of the unit.
NGP games will be stored on flash-based memory cards. Familiar franchises set to appear on the NGP include Hot Shots Golf, WipEout, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance, Killzone, Uncharted, Dungeon Defenders (ported from the PS3 version), and Call of Duty; Gravity Daze, Reality Fighters, Smart As, Little Deviants, and Broken are some of the new IP that's set to debut. Every game has access to a space called Live Area that lets you chat with friends, read up on the latest news for your game, and view PlayStation Store content.
Uncharted was briefly demoed to show players are able to make Drake jump by tapping on the screen and tilting the NGP to gain momentum when swinging on vines. Hot Shots Golf also takes advantage of motion controls to help line up shots for your golf ball. Tapping and motion controls are optional to use, of course.
Capcom is on board with developing for the NGP and showed off Lost Planet 2 cutscenes rendered in real time while Epic Games was present to show Unreal Engine 3 running on the NGP. Sega, Tecmo Koei, and Konami had real-time demos on hand but no games to announce. Several other third-party developers are signed up with developing for the NGP.
Sony also announced the availability of 'PlayStation Content' on Android devices with software called PlayStation Suite. This allows Android phones and tablets to play old PlayStation games through emulation and download content from the PlayStation Store.
Sony has set the NGP's release for the 2011 holiday season. No pricing details are known at this time.