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Sony NGP: PSP2 specifications

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 04:32 PM PST

Sony NGP: PSP2 specifications.

The PSP2′s name is NGP

Sony’s codename for the PSP2 is NGP. It stands for Next Generation Portable.

Sony NGP: PSP2 specifications

The PSP2 specifications are pretty tasty

Sony PSP’s replacement has a five-inch, 16 million colour 960×544 OLED touchscreen, twin cameras, twin speakers and a microphone. There are also twin analogue sticks and a ridiculously powerful quad-core processor based on the ARM Cortex A9. Expect four to five hours from the battery.

It’s got twin sticks

The “biggest criticism” of the original Sony PSP, according to GamesRadar’s Justin Towell, was that it had no second stick. “Why is a second stick so important? It allows you to move your character with one stick while looking with the other.”

The PSP2 specs include a touch-sensitive back

The rumour factory got this one right: the Sony NGP includes a touch-sensitive back so you can control the on-screen action without hiding it behind your fingers. The screen’s multi-touch too. The combination of a touchy front and back is fascinating – Sony talks about it enabling “touch, grab, trace, push and pull hand movements.”

The PSP2 specs include POWERVR graphics

Sony NGP doesn’t just have that nifty quad-core processor: it’s got a quad-core Imagination Technologies PowerVR graphics processor too. We can summarise its spec in one word: mighty.

The PSP2 specifications include GPS

Sony promises that the PSP2′s built-in GPS will mean some interesting location-aware games via the PlayStation Network, and an application called Near will let you know if your friends are, you’ve guessed it, near you. The PSP2 also includes a three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer and three-axis electronic compass for handheld-waggling motion-controlled tomfoolery.

The PSP2 design looks a bit like a PSP or PSPgo

Sony calls the PSP2′s shape Super Oval Design, which is one in the eye for anyone who expected mere Ordinary Oval Design. It looks quite like a PSP, we think. It’ll be 13mm longer than the PSP-3000 at 182mm in length – that’s big. Thickness? 18.6mm.

Sony NGP: PSP2 specifications

The PSP2 UK price will be so low, Sony will lose money

That’s what a little bird told Eurogamer, anyway.

Sony NGP: PSP2 specifications

PSP2 games won’t be download-only

The rumour mill predicted download-only games, but while the NGP does indeed support downloadable games the device introduces yet another new format, “a small flash memory based card dedicated for NGP software titles”. What Sony has said is that the games will be “PS3 quality” – quite some achievement if it pans out.

Trophies will be coming too

It seems that Sony’s Trophies system from the PlayStation Network will also appear so you can score points wherever you play – even on your Android mobile….

The PSP2 will play Android games; Android will get PlayStation games

The newly announced PS Suite is fascinating: it’ll bring PlayStation games to Android, and casual games from Android to the NGP. Could we also see games become cross-platform with the PS3?

The PSP2 will have a 3G connection (and Wi-Fi)

The NGP has all the connectivity options you could ask for: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and 3G. That always-on connectivity means it’s ideal for social games too – so much so that Sony’s gone rabbit-ears crazy in the press release, promising ‘infinite possibilities for users to “encounter”, “connect”, “discover”, “share” and “play” with friends wherever they are.’ Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) says that every game title for NGP will be provided with a space called LiveArea where “users can share the fun and excitement with other players”.

The PSP2 UK release date will be late 2011

Sony’s a bit vague on this one. “NGP will arrive at the end of 2011“, it says. In time for a lot of Christmas stockings then…


Crysis 2 Games Reviews

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 03:31 PM PST

Crysis 2

Crysis 2 Games Reviews

  • Crysis set the visual benchmark for PC games that still stands today. Crysis 2 redefines the benchmark on console now, shifting their attention to the rich urban jungle of New York City.
  • Challenging best-in-class AI with unique group coordination and group behavior systems which give realistic responses to your actions.
  • Adapt your combat tactics by customizing your Nanosuit 2 and weapons in real time with revised modes, unlocking a variety of supersoldier abilities.
  • World-renowned multiplayer shooter studio Crytek UK reinvents multiplayer with the dynamic intensity of Nanosuit 2 in 12-player support online.
  • By using Nanosuit technology the player has nearly unlimited ways to approach the dynamic combat environment.

The Crysis 2 Limited Edition will be available for no additional cost, while supplies last, and features four must-have in-game unlocks for the ultimate multiplayer experience: Bonus XP – Players will jump into multiplayer battles with an edge by starting with enough experience points to gain early access to all 5 preset class load-outs. SCAR Hologram Decoy – This special attachment to the SCAR will project a hologram image of the player, allowing them to confuse their opponents with the decoy. SCAR Weapon Skin – This digital camouflage skin will allow players to add a personalized touch to one of the more popular assault rifles in the game. Platinum Dog Tag – This special one-of-a-kind dog tag is one of over 250 that will be collectible in Crysis 2 multiplayer, helping to separate you from the rest of the field. The world has been ravaged by a series of climatic disasters and society is on the verge of total breakdown. Now the aliens have returned, with a full invasion force bent on nothing less than the total annihilation of mankind, starting by trying to rip the heart out of Earth's most iconic city. In New York, terrifying alien invaders stalk the streets and a nightmare plague strikes down the city's myriad inhabitants with brutal epidemic speed. The city's systems are in chaos, its streets and skyline are smashed and in flaming ruin. This is New York City like you've never seen it before.

Crysis 2 Games Reviews

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Magicka Game Download

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 02:30 PM PST

Magicka [Game Download]

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Magicka is a satirical action-adventure game set in a rich fantasy world based on Norse mythology. The player assumes the role of a wizard from a sacred order tasked with stopping an evil sorcerer who has thrown the world into turmoil, his foul creations besieging the forces of good.

Players will be able to combine elements to cast spells, wreaking havoc and devastation on the minions of darkness. They will also be able to team up with friends and fight their way through the campaign, or test their skills in the magickal arts through other challenging modes.

In Magicka, up to four players take on a grand adventure to save their world from certain doom using a fully dynamic spell system. The adventure mode takes the players across three different environments, ranging from the lush forests of mountain valleys to the frozen halls of the Mountain King where wits and creative thinking are the keys to victory.

In the challenge mode, players fight off waves of enemies to earn their place on local and online leaderboards.

  • Innovative and dynamic spellcasting system
  • Up to four-player co-op in all game modes, as well as a single-player
  • Fight your way through a dozen different campaign levels
  • Explore an expansive realm of adventure to defeat the evil wizard
  • Find and unlock challenges, items, and powerful Magicks
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    Processor: Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    RAM: 2 GB RAM
    Hard Drive: 2 GB Available HDD Space
    Video Card: Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon X1900
    Additional Info: DirectX9-compatible sound card, DirectX 9, mouse and/or10-button gamepad with dual analog thumbsticks, DSL Internet connection or greater 3 button mouse, keyboard and speakers
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