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Monday, 31st January 2011
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Sony reveals new handheld console

Japan-based Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has revealed its new handheld games console, which is set to be on sale before the end of the year.

The new Next Generation Portable (NGP) will feature dual analog joysticks as well as front and rear touch pads.

As well as being aimed to connect to Wi-Fi networks, the NGP will make use of the 3G mobile network to allow users to access additional content and features.

SCE's president, Kazuo Hirai, explained at the PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Tokyo, the new console is set to increase in-gaming experience as well as transforming the portable device market.

It was also revealed that Sony now plans to develop PlayStation titles for use on Android-powered devices including smartphones and tablets.

The Japan Times reported Mr Hirai said: "We can't ignore this growing market (a question is) how we can provide the world of PlayStation amid fierce competition. One answer is to provide PlayStation-quality games to other platforms."

SCE recently confirmed that the number of PSN account holders now totals more than 69 million.

Written by Mark Smith.

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