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Tretton on PSP2 NGP: Games are critical

"2011 will be one of our biggest years yet."

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Games are the most important thing when it comes to the success of the PSP2 Next Generation Portable, Sony has said.

"While we here at PlayStation are thrilled to bring this cutting-edge technology to your fingertips, we all know that content is critical to the success for all of our platforms," president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) Jack Tretton wrote on the PlayStation blog.

"I'm pleased to share that your favourite franchises will be coming to NGP, including Uncharted and Call of Duty.

"We are working with our extensive network of 3rd party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios to create experiences unlike anything else on the market."

This morning Sony announced the PSP2 – codenamed Next Generation Portable – at a press conference in Japan.

Due out holiday 2011, the NGP boasts Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity, a 5-inch OLED front multi-touch display and a multi-touch pad on the rear.

Hot Shots Golf, Gravity Daze, Killzone, Reality Fighters, Smart As, Broken, LittleBigPlanet, Little Deviants, WipEout, Resistance and Uncharted are all confirmed first-party games in development.

Activision revealed a Call of Duty game, Capcom showed off a new Monster Hunter game, and a new game from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is set for an E3 2011 reveal.

"When PSP first launched in 2005 in North America it changed the way people thought of portable gaming and raised expectations in regards to the variety and quality of games users expected to access while on the go," Tretton continued.

"It has since become the go-to handheld entertainment system for more than 64 million users who seek home entertainment quality games along with access to their music, movies, photos and more.

"With NGP we carry on this rich history of redefining industry standards and raising the bar for consumer expectations for what portable gaming can deliver.

"I think you will agree that the incredible momentum behind PlayStation continues to grow with each passing year. While 2010 was record breaking thanks to an unsurpassed line-up of award winning AAA software, the introduction of 3D entertainment into millions of homes and the launch of our incredibly successful PlayStation Move motion controller, 2011 is already shaping up to be one of our biggest years yet."

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