Sony has just held a press conference in Tokyo, where it was expected that the new PlayStation Portable would be unveiled. That rumor turned out to be true. The PSP2 is real, and will be available in Japan by Christmas 2011. This is now confirmed by the official PlayStation Blog.

The presentation revealed lots of details about the new console, currently codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable). It is equipped with two analog joysticks, a 5 inch OLED screen, 3G and GPS. The physical medium NGP uses is called “New Game Medium”, a flash memory based card dedicated for the system. The card is writable and it allows users to store saved games and DLC directly onto the card.

Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of Sony Entertainment, said that the NGP will offer five new features:

  • Revolutionary User Interface.
  • Social Connectivity.
  • Location-based Entertainment.
  • Converging Real and Virtual (augmented reality).
  • PlayStation Suite Compatibility.

Graphics-wise the NGP will deliver graphics close to what we’ve seen on the PlayStation 3, and it will obviously have support for so-called trophies. The resolution of the display will be four times higher than it was on the PSP.

“What I’d like to realize is playing on your PS3, and when you go out, you put the game on your NGP, and when you come back home, you can once again use your PS3 and large screen TV. This dream is going to come true in the near future. And right now, I’m working on this project of the dream. I’m sorry, I can’t reveal this now. But we’d like to present what we’re doing at E3.” said the legendary Konami household name, Hideo Kojima.

This can be realized by using so-called cloud technology, which allows you to play the games through remote servers.

Here are some of the specifications that has been revealed:

  • CPU:  ARM Cortex -A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU: SGX543MP4 (4 core)
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 18.6mm x 83.5mm (Widthxheightxdepth)
  • Screen: 5-inch OLED capacitive, 16:9 aspect ratio, 960×544 pixel resolution
  • Touchpads: Capacitive
  • Cameras: Front and rear
  • Sound: Built in stereo speaker with grills on front and built-in mic
  • Sensor: three-axis accelerometer, three-axis gyroscopic sensor and three-axis compass
  • Location: Built-in GPS
  • Wireless: 3G Network, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (infra and Ad Hoc) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

The price and availability in the U.S. and Europe has not been announced yet.

(via Teknofil, Photos by Sony)