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Sony Takes the Wrap Off NGP Games on Video

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With Computex nearly over, the tech industry is heading straight into E3 coverage where the most exciting products expected to be shown are the Wii 2 and Sony’s NGP/PSP2/Vita.

We already know quite a bit about the NGP, at least as far as specs are concerned, but Sony this week added to our knowledge of the device by releasing videos of the console in action. The clips demonstrate several titles, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout (working title), and a music game called Sound Shapes. Sony also discussed Hustle Kings, and Super Stardust Delta, but neither of these titles were demo'd on video.

The game demos themselves make for great watching, but most people will likely be focusing on the shiny new device in the player’s hands. However, Sony is quick to note that though what you see is a ‘real-size’ NGP, it’s a development unit, not the final product.

“Every NGP you’ll see is a dev unit; they’re the right size, but they don’t possess that final PlayStation-quality fit and finish,” writes Jeff Rubenstein, Social Media Manager at Sony PlayStation. “What you’ll eventually be able to pick up in a store will look a heck of a lot better.”

For those of you wondering about other NGP details, social connectivity, data plans, 3G, Sony says it will have more information on that ‘down the line’ and that these videos are more for showing off the games than anything else.

Check ‘em out and let us know what you think!

NGP Previews Let's Talk Games, Starting with Uncharted Golden Abyss

NGP Introducing Sound Shapes

Wipeout Your PS3 Opponents On NGP

Of course, these are all Sony titles, so we still haven't seen any third-party NGP games. Hopefully Sony will have something to show off in that regard next week at E3.

Further Reading (and screen caps)

NGP Previews: Let’s Talk Games, Starting with Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Wipeout Your PS3 Opponents On NGP

NGP: Introducing Sound Shapes

NGP Preview: Hustle Kings

NGP Preview: Super Stardust Delta

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    Nesto1000 , June 4, 2011 3:17 AM
    I really dislike touching the screen like that...

    What if I like to game while in bed facing the celing? If I have to tilt it's gonna be a pain in the ass and it might not even work!

    Oh well, either way I'm too old for hand held gaming systems anyways...
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    theshonen8899 , June 4, 2011 3:45 AM
    nesto1000I really dislike touching the screen like that...What if I like to game while in bed facing the celing? If I have to tilt it's gonna be a pain in the ass and it might not even work!Oh well, either way I'm too old for hand held gaming systems anyways...


    Depends what game you're playing. In Uncharted all of the touch controls are optional. I'm sure there are settings that can disable the gyroscope as well, seeing as how the game is so similar to the PS3 version.
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    runt23 , June 4, 2011 4:37 AM
    Gyroscopes can be calibrated, and most games offer in game calibration. For example, if one was to lay on their back, they can calibrate center/down level while the device is upside down. Its orientation would be as such now. Not really an issue to be honest =)
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    eddieroolz , June 4, 2011 5:08 AM
    They didn't lie when they said the graphics will be amazing!
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    dj1001 , June 4, 2011 12:50 PM
    notice how it was plugged in in all the shots. I bet battery life is less than 2 hours. with all that horsepower even modern mobile battery technology doesn't stand a chance.
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    PudgyChicken , June 4, 2011 4:06 PM
    @dj1001

    I'm pretty sure that Sony isn't retarded. I have no doubt that when they release the NGP it'll have at least 4-5 hours of battery life, if not more. As technology advances, it uses less power. Especially mobile platforms which have an extremely limited thermal envelope.
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    Kahless01 , June 4, 2011 4:51 PM
    Tell that to the cellphones that dont last 3 hours of constant use while my original gameboy lasted damn near 2 days.
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    megamanx00 , June 4, 2011 4:55 PM
    @PudyChicken - their recent actions suggest otherwise. Still you're right, the NGP has to be designed with battery life in mind and Sony would not overlook that.

    Anyway, meh. I admit it does look interesting, but since I use my PC mainly and my tablet for casual portable gaming this doesn't really interest me. Still, probably a cool thing for the teens
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    Aionism , June 4, 2011 5:25 PM
    Kahless01Tell that to the cellphones that dont last 3 hours of constant use while my original gameboy lasted damn near 2 days.

    I've seen a lot of terrible comparisons between new and old products but this has to be the worst yet.
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    pwrntspd , June 4, 2011 6:46 PM
    I think ill get this over a tablet...its got all the bells and whistles and will still cost less than a typical tablet.
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    elcentral , June 4, 2011 7:07 PM
    if i get some money i can defenetly c myself getting this
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    eklipz330 , June 4, 2011 11:52 PM
    PudgyChicken@dj1001I'm pretty sure that Sony isn't retarded. I have no doubt that when they release the NGP it'll have at least 4-5 hours of battery life, if not more. As technology advances, it uses less power. Especially mobile platforms which have an extremely limited thermal envelope.

    the 3ds says hello

    man, a lot of uneducated people here on toms today.

    hopefully it lasts longer than the psp, but i wouldn't be surprised if it didn't. either way, i don't see myself carrying this thing out of the house, way too big.
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    orochi8 , June 5, 2011 5:37 AM
    Is it absolutely necessary to use the exact same acronym as the Neo Geo Pocket? I know its a dead system, but you'd think they might at least make an effort. Calling this thing the NGP is pretty much the same thing as calling it the DSi and then just claiming that it stands for Digital Sony instrument or something. Sure, we all know what they're talking about, but it doesn't change the fact that there is already a portable with the name DSi floating around out there.
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    1mic , June 5, 2011 6:56 AM
    orochi8Is it absolutely necessary to use the exact same acronym as the Neo Geo Pocket? I know its a dead system, but you'd think they might at least make an effort. Calling this thing the NGP is pretty much the same thing as calling it the DSi and then just claiming that it stands for Digital Sony instrument or something. Sure, we all know what they're talking about, but it doesn't change the fact that there is already a portable with the name DSi floating around out there.


    I along with probably 85% of the world have never heard of neo geo pocket. I heard of neo geo, but never neo geo pocket. so ngp sounds fine.
    I used to have a sega master system so my gaming days go way back.
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    orochi8 , June 5, 2011 8:21 AM
    1micI along with probably 85% of the world have never heard of neo geo pocket. I heard of neo geo, but never neo geo pocket. so ngp sounds fine. I used to have a sega master system so my gaming days go way back.


    85% of the world never know Bob Smith, but I'm still not in any rush to hold a picnic on his grave. Even if the guy doesn't have a whole lot of relatives around to bust my balls over it, I'd still know that it was a pretty tacky maneuver.
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    DSpider , June 5, 2011 8:44 AM
    Sound Shapes looks to me like a Gish clone sprinkled in with some Patapon. So unoriginal.

    I heard they're planing on calling it "PS Vita". Ew ! Please don't.
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    sboults , June 5, 2011 11:59 PM
    YAY some guy telling me a I'll be able to do things on a sony product coming out I already did on nintendo ages ago...
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    Griffolion , June 6, 2011 8:11 AM
    I'm glad Wipeout is a working title, while the graphics were nice the framerate only looked to be about 30-40 FPS. Would much rather prefer 60.
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    fir_ser , June 7, 2011 8:28 AM
    E3 will be interesting this year and let’s see what Sony can introduce with its PSP2.
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