LONDON – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) has announced its next-generation portable entertainment system (codenamed NGP) will be run on a four-core Cortex-A9 processor from ARM and a PowerVR SGX543MP4+ graphics core from Imagination Technologies. NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011, Sony said.
The CPU and GPU multicores appear set to be included in a single SOC although who is making that SoC was not disclosed. This is thought to be the first official announcement of the PowerVR SGX543
The NGP is set to include both WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth EDR connectivity and multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display.
SCE will also provide location-based services on NGP as part of the basic features utilizing PlayStation Network. An application called "Near," developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing now or what they were playing recently. Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across different dimensions of time and distance.
For memory the NGP will have a flash memory card dedicated for NGP software titles. NGP will also come equipped with two cameras on its front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass, all of which are designed to enable users to enjoy the world of entertainment that is linked with real life experiences.
Bleeding edge, I don't think so, it's merely catch-up. The Tegra 2's integration level is better. But, as Larry states below, there are other reasons that they chose the parts they did. They could have had a device that was cheaper, used less power and had Geforce graphics. BTW, note they also fail to mention any sort of backwards compatibility. It is a different processor core and media. 3DS will be backwards compatible.
It looks great, but I wish that they'd been a little sooner to market... Perhaps in 2 years... Sony SHOULD have a device that is a phone, a GREAT camera, and a PSP in one. It would sell like gangbusters. When I was looking for a phone, their best offering was an Android 1.6 device....
Along with 3G, does it mean that this can be used as a phone also. A high end portable game console with inbuilt 3G phone is a damn good thing. Sony is the only company who still have the quality and price which are competetive to apple.
"Using a Tegra2 would probably have been smarter and cheaper for Sony. The Nintendo 3DS was rumored to have it and it didn't either"
THe logical conclusion of which is that both Nintendo and Sony looked at it and NEITHER liked it, hence Sony was smart NOT to go for it.
Landscape in portable consoles hve changed. Sony had to go for the absolute bleeding edge at this tme, because such is the acceleration of smartphone complexity, they will have this level of peroformance themseleves in 2-3 years.
This appears to be in the direction of longer battery life and enhanced user experience. But yea, the screen is a tad small. It will be interesting to know how much pixel processing power this has compared to the earlier PSP. And what do they run these things on, custom Linux?
What an interesting combination of power and capacity. I would love to know the inter details of the chip sets and the target pricing for this device. This might make a really nice system to hack, wonder how long that will take???
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.