Move on the move

Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) is the successor to PlayStation Portable, and with an impressive feature set including a quad-core processor, 5" OLED screen and games including Uncharted, Killzone, Call of Duty and more. Unveiled in Japan this morning, it's already ignited the gaming media with talk of its graphical power and games line-up, but one of its most under-discussed features is its motion-sensing capabilities that effectively make it a portable PlayStation Move.

A console that contains the same six-axis motion control as a Move controller – that's a three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer and a three-axis electronic compass – proves Sony's commitment to motion-sensing as a control method, and talk of the handheld's link-up ability with PlayStation 3 also means the portable console could be used as a motion controller in PS3 games.

Without the glowing orb and the reliance on the PlayStation Eye, the NGP could be seen as a sleeker, portable evolution of the current Move hardware. Will we see familiar PlayStation Move games on the NGP? With the machine due for release in late 2011, we'll have to wait to find out.