Sony's new handheld gaming device.

Sony announces new handheld gaming device codenamed NGP

Sony has unveiled its new handheld gaming device, the first to feature 3G wireless connectivity.

The NGP features a 12.7cm OLED touch screen, larger than the 8.9cm used for standard smartphones, and also has a back touch pad and motion sensor.

By the end of the year, Sony plans to make PlayStation games available on other portable devices running on Google's Android operating system, through an application called PlayStation Suite.

Sony’s announcement came the same day as Nintendo, which was readying the launch of a 3D version of its DS handheld games machine next month, reported a 46 per cent slide in quarterly profit below analysts' estimates. It also trimmed its Wii and DS sales forecasts for the year to March.

With Apple's iPhone in particular eating into the market for portable gaming devices, both Sony and Nintendo need new products to boost sales and profit.

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