Sony’s PlayStation Portable successor hasn’t been officially announced, but it’s already looking like a beast of a system. Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper has some additional details today a few days ahead of a press conference that is expected to mark the system’s official debut.
According to the paper, the PSP successor will have a 3G connection. In Japan, this will be provided by NTT DoCoMo.
The 3G connection will be used for online gaming and for downloading movies and games. Users will not be able to make phone calls.
Different from Wi-Fi, which requires hotspots, users will be able to access the 3G connection wherever DoCoMo cell phone service is available. This likely means a permanent connection throughout Japan, as DoCoMo is Japan’s largest cell phone carrier. The system will also have WiFi support similar to the PSP, of course.
The paper did not say if users would incur a monthly charge for accessing DoCoMo’s network. It also did not mention equivalent providers for overseas access.
Other bits mentioned in the Nikkei article include the inclusion of an OLED touch screen and a newly developed processor for outputting high end visuals.
The paper also has a few details on Sony’s games-focused cell phone device. This will offer button controls, making games more easier to play when compared to other smartphone devices. The set will use Google’s Android operating system and will allow users to access non-game software.
Nikkei is usually a reliable source for early leaks. In fact, we’re having a hard time recalling when the paper did not get early notice of an impending hardware announcement.
Except to hear more details on Sony’s next generation PlayStation Portable at a press conference on the 27th (Japan time).
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