The PSP2 (code name “Next Generation Portable”) looks like it’s a real beast spec-wise, but how good can it be without decent games? At their PSP2 launch event today, Sony didn’t show just the hardware but also invited some game developers from Capcom, Konami or Activision on stage. Here’s the first batch of titles.
The list includes:
Sony will also offer two special features with the PSP2 that weren’t available before.
The first is called LiveArea. From the press release:
Every game title for NGP will be provided with a space called “LiveArea™” where users can share the fun and excitement with other players. Users will have access to the latest information of games provided from SCE and 3rd party developers and publishers through PlayStation®Network. Additionally, NGP users will be able to view an “Activity” log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users.
The second makes use of the GPS module in the PSP2 and is simply called “Near”. Near essentially adds a location-based element to the device (it’s pre-installed), meaning you’ll be able to see what your friends or strangers in the vicinity are currently playing (or which games they used to play).
With Near, it will be possible to contact other players around you to share game information. Here’s a Near screenshot Sony Japan released today:
Silionera has a list of 82 third-party game developers and publishers backing the new system:
Alvion (makers of Malicious)
Arc System Works
Ascii Media Works
Atlus / Index Holdings
Craft & Meister (they’re making Earth Seeker for Wii)
Edia (they make Maplus software for PSP)
GungHo Online Entertainment (remember Mimana?)
Nippon Ichi Software
Tecmo Koei Games
Far Sight Studios
High Voltage Software
Kung Fu Factory
Paramount Digital Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Codemasters Software Company
Home Entertainment Suppliers
Team 17 Software