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Sony unveils new 'NGP' portable PlayStation

business Updated: Jan 27, 2011 12:49 IST

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Japanese entertainment giant Sony on Thursday unveiled a portable touchscreen PlayStation as it looks to launch a challenge to Nintendo and Apple in the highly competitive mobile gaming market.

Sony's "Next Generation Portable" PlayStation boasts 3G mobile connectivity and wifi, allowing users to download games and other content, Sony said at a news conference in Tokyo.

The NGP features a five-inch OLED touchscreen that can be viewed from multiple angles, a GPS receiver, a motion sensor and a rear panel touchpad to control certain actions, as well as conventional navigation buttons and a joystick.

Sony's move comes as smartphones and tablet computers led by Apple's iPhone and iPad take a growing share of the market for portable gaming devices. The PSP Go, launched in November 2009, already features software downloads through a wireless connection, allowing players to also browse the Internet, watch movies, play music and read books and comics.