Sony finally announces NextGen PSP

Sony finally announced the NextGen PSP today — and thank god, it’s not a phone.  The yet-to-be-named device has a pretty impressive list of tech specs attached to it:

(Pulled from the Press Release)

CPU
ARM® Cortex™-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)

Rear touch pad

Multi touch pad (capacitive type)

Cameras

Front camera, Rear camera

Sound

Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone

Sensors

Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass

Location

Built-in GPS
Wi-Fi location service support

Keys / 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 (+/-)

Wireless
communications

Mobile network connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR
A2DP/AVRCP/HSP

No release date yet, other than by the Holiday season for this beastie.  Now, I’m not a fan of Sony, the only company that raises my ire more is Appl, but this sounds pretty impressive for a handheld (like seriously, remember the original GameBoy?).  However, to be completely honest, I think that Sony will probably screw it up by putting a huge price-point it, thinking they can get away with it because the 3DS is going for $250.  Then, Sony will talk big how great their platform is from everyone else, how much better than the 3DS, how 3DS is just a fad … all while having abysmal sales because they priced it too high, with features that, while nice, are not necessarily innovative.

You can view the full press release here:
Press Release 

Via IndustryGamers: Sony Reveals Its ‘Next Generation Portable’

Why I dislike Sony

Among my friends I’m known as an anti-fanboy for anything PlayStation related.  It’s not that I’m a fanboy for the other systems (though I enjoy both my Xbox and my Wii) and it’s not that PlayStation doesn’t have some great games that I’d love to play, it’s just that I hate Sony.  At least, the PlayStation division of Sony — the rest of it, I’m fine with.

Anyway, there’s an opinion piece over at IndustryGamers.com, “Sony Blazing Trails of Following the Herd” that urged me to write my own rantings–check it out over there.

Mostly this is because of SCEA’s overwhelming arrogance seemingly brought on by the wild-fire success of the PS2.  The number of times that they have made statements and then done a complete 180, completing forgetting that they intoned the rumble packs were a thing of the past, or that motion control was just a fad.  Their complete unwillingness to acknowledge great innovative leaps that other two console manufacturers made just makes Sony seem like a petulant little kids who want to think they are better than everyone else.

That’s not to that there isn’t copying and piggy-backing of ideas across the Big 3.  It’s pretty clear with the Wii’s success that motion control is something that’s going to be around for a while, and the DS’s runaway success, in conjunction with the iPhone/Touch/iPad trio show that capacitive input is the way of the future.  Just Sony – I dunno, at the root of it, Sony irks me.