A geek’s wet dreams are made of these. Trinigy’s Vision Game Engine will be supporting the Next Generation Portable (NGP) console of Sony. The second in the PlayStation Portable series from Sony will have the hardware specifications that are at par with the home console from Sony, the PlayStation 3. This is great news for gamers as the Vision Game Engine is quite the pretty-looking thing and is well built for different kinds of games.
The NGP will be all about graphics and new era games with its rear touch screen. Implemented well, the games would be brilliant to watch and extremely intuitive to play. Said Dag Frommhold, managing director at Trinigy:-
SCE is known for producing powerful computer entertainment systems and handheld entertainment systems capable of delivering rich gaming experiences and eye-popping graphics. With support for NGP, the Vision Game Engine gives developers a flexible, full-featured solution for speeding the creation of graphically superior, high-performance casual and hard-core gamesfor portable entertainment systems.
The main features of the engine for the NGP are [from the press release]:-
- Optimized character skinning system for NGP allows for efficient rendering of detailed characters with very high polygon and bone counts.
- Full support for cross-platform and platform-specific texture formats offers a straight forward workflow and easy porting of existing content, while providing high-loading performance and platform-specific content optimizations, where required.
- Multithreading system takes full advantage of NGP’s CPU cores for animations, mesh deformation, particle simulation, physics, visibility determination, and more.
- Highly efficient rendering Efficient rendering system minimizes CPU load.
- Optimized shader/shader constant handling includes full cross-platform compatibility.
- Comprehensive support for NGP’s user interfaceincludes multi-touch as well as support for dual analog sticks.
- Fully featured graphics technology includes normal/parallax maps, specular maps, dynamic lighting, post-processing effects and more.
Let’s hope we get to see a lot of Arcania on the PSP2!
Sony has just released its financial statement for the Fiscal year ending March 31st, 2010, and things don’t look good. The company posted a loss of $439 million, down from the $1 billion loss it faced in the 2008-09 financial year. Sales of the various Sony products were down except for the PS3. Sony managed to sell 13 million PS3s compared to the 10.1 million units in the 2008-09 financial year.
The number of PSPs sold fell from 14.4 million units to 9.9 million units. The Sony PS2 sold 7.2 million units, down by only .5 million units from the previous financial year. Quite surprising for a console whose timeis now over. The sale of games of the various consoles from Sony also fell this year. Sony sold 44.4 million PSP games, down by 5.9 million units. The sale of PS2 games saw a huge decline, going down to 35.7 million units from 2008’s 83.5 million units.
The only good news here for Sony fan boys is that the Sony PS3 has finally become profitable for the company. The profit margin will now continue to increase thanks to the shift to a 40nm Graphics card. Hopefully, the launch of PSP2 and the PlayStation Move at the E3 Expo will turn things around for the company.
The biggest gaming event of the year the E3 Expo is just a month away now. This time the E3 expo is going to be held in the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event will start on June 14th and continue until the 17th of June. It is already known that Microsoft will demo the Project Natal, Sony will provide a demo of the PlayStation Move and Nintendo will give us the preview of the Nintendo 3DS.
Now rumors suggest that Sony might announce the PSP2. The original PSP was launched six years ago, and was quite popular among the teenagers. With the passage of time though, the device has lost its charm. The popularity of the Apple iTouch as a gaming device has further pushed the PSP into the oblivion. In the past six years, the Sony PSP hardly got any major makeover. Sony did launch the PSPgo, but the device has been a failure.
Analysts now expect that Sony will launch a new PSP at the E3 Expo, so as revive the falling PlayStation Portable brand. If Sony does launch the PSP2 at the E3, it will be one of the biggest surprises of this year event.