Sony has finally unveiled the long-awaited PSP2, codenamed the "NGP", this morning at Tokyo, Japan. Along with the specs (seen directly below), Sony also focused on a few software pieces that they'll be using in conjunction with the NGP.
PlayStation Suite: Cross-platform software that Sony hopes will hit big. Think "PlayStation Network"...but available for your PS3, PSP, and interestingly enough, your phone. That's right: Sony wants to be able to make it so that your game can be played on your tablet and phone (with buttons being produced through an overlay feature). So far, Sony has promised that PSOne games will be available, and that the Suite requires a minimum of Android 2.3 on tablets and phones.
LiveArea: A feature embedded in each game that lets you keep up with how others are doing with the same game. It sounds like Sony is hoping for "real-time communcation among users" through LiveArea. There's an activity-log as well that will show accomplishments others made, sort of like an achievements-system.
Near: Sony's location-based service that comes pre-installed in each NGP. I imagine this uses the wi-fi/GPS functinos; the player can access Near to see players in the vicinity, and also see what those people have played recently or are playing now.
Sony says that the games they release won't be using the UMD anymore, but rather will be delivered through the Suite and can be saved onto a flash memory card, which can be used for not just the games, but also save files as well.
As you can see from the specs above, the NGP looks like it's going to be pretty intense. Two cameras (front and back), two touch pads (the front screen and rear pad), 3G wi-fi, GPS, two joysticks (not the little nub-buttons from the PSP, mind you), plus the original action-and-shoulder buttons.
The NGP is slated to release by the 2011 Holidays, but we're unsure whether that's for all areas at once, or just starting with Japan.
Source: NGP Press Release, PlayStation Suite Press Release, List of 3rd Party Game Developers and Publishers; pictures brought by engadget