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PSP2 Rumors to Facts Comparison

March 25th 2005 was the day we were blessed with the Sony Playstation Portable. After 7 whole years we are about to witness the successor to the mighty PSP. Code named Playstation Portable NGP, which stands for Next Generation Portable, is something that has been speculated a lot over the past couple of months. We finally have got an insight about the specifications of Sony’s next generation gaming handheld device.

The PSP NGP will ship with a powerful 4 core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor! (4 cores for a handheld device, times sure are changing). This CPU is probably comparable to the cell processor on the Playstation 3 160GB console. Sony must be looking ahead towards the future and considering the PSP NGP would have to last for another 6 to 7 years it would require a powerful CPU.

If the CPU caught you off guard then the Graphics processing unit will blow you away. The PSP comes equipped with a quad-core Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU. Once again 4 cores just to power the graphics! I can’t wait for it to launch and play a game on it.

Now, in addition to the CPU and GPU the new PSP gets itself a large 5 inch OLED screen. It is significantly larger than the 2.8 inch screen the comes on the PSP Go. This screen is capable of screening 16 million colors and it sports a resolution of 960 × 544 pixels at 220 PPI. Now I know a lot of PSP fans were expecting a HD screen with a resolution of 1280×720, but think about it, on a 5 inch display full HD wouldn’t really make much difference from what it has now. This screen also features a touch interface with which you can control the interface.

In addition to that the PSP NGP also features a rear touchpad, a front camera, a rear camera, stereo speakers, microphone, and Sixaxis motion sensing system consisting of a 3 axis gyroscope and a 3 axis accelerometer. The PSP NGU also features a three-axis electronic compass and built-in GPS.  For connectivity it features Wi-Fi, 3G slot of true wireless capabilities and Bluetooth connectivity.

By the looks of it the rumors were true about at least one thing; this is going to be one very powerful gaming device! If Sony gets its pricing right it could very well be the best handheld in this generation!

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