The long, slow march to the release of NGP -- hell, the proper naming of NGP -- continues with drips and drabs of information. The latest comes from two sources out of Japan, and both speak to the device itself and how it will play nice (or not) with Sony's back catalog of PlayStation Portable UMD releases.

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The rumor mill surrounding the PSP2 has gone to ludicrous speed in the past week, with all signs pointing to an official announcement in Japan... well... today. And it happened. The PSP2 -- codenamed: NPG -- is very real and very much on the way in the near future. Read all about it after the jump.

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All of those PSP2 rumors are sure heating up. And if Sony's past track record with tech releases and rumors is any indication, at least some of what we're hearing is true. It was only yesterday that we heard from one Japanese newspaper, reporting that the device will include a touch-sensitive OLED screen and 3G connectivity. Now 2ch, Japan's largest online forum, is home to what is purported to be an actual picture of the thing, which you can see above.

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There been a flurry of activity in the past week on the "Final Fantasy" front. First, the "Final Fantasy XIII-2" registered, apparently for Square-Enix. Then just this morning, "Final Fantasy XIII-2" was formally announced for an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Japan, a direct sequel to last year's "Final Fantasy XIII." Mere hours later, an update on the PlayStation Blog confirmed the sequel, which will feature an "evolved" battle system from last year's game, and its PS3 release "next winter."

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Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection

Even as Square Enix struggled to get "Final Fantasy XIV" into presentable shape this year, they marched ever onward exploring and releasing ported versions of older titles from the series. The "Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection" represents one of their latest efforts on that front, and the PlayStation Portable bundling of both "FFIV" and "FFIV: The After Years" now has a release date (in Japan at least) of March 24, 2011.

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PlayStation iPhone app

The European iPhone and Android markets will provide a launchpad for Sony's new quest to get smart phone users checking up on their PlayStation Network business more often. Android phones, iPhones and iPod Touches will be able to download an official PlayStation app "soon," and though a North American announcement hasn't been made yet, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands have all been named on a list of countries that will be getting access first.

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Thor Chris Hemsworth

Movie theaters just weren't enough for Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston in their Asgardian attire for 2011. Sega's epic settings for their spring game "Thor: God of Thunder" now have some faces to act out their story, and both actors have been chosen to reprise their roles from next year's Marvel Studios "Thor" film.

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Sony Western Games Japan

Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network both have been recruiting new Japanese import titles to their online stores this year, but Sony wants to keep the flow of content going both ways across the Pacific. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan's new "Western Game Buyer Selection" label will start appearing overseas on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable titles, with "Castle Crashers" and "Comet Crash" landing on PlayStation 3's and "Young Thor" coming to PlayStation Portables.

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PSP phone

The fate of Sony's PlayStation Portable brand has mostly been a head-scratcher in 2010. The year definitely didn't become the PSP go success story that its makers were hoping for, but rumors about a PSP 2 appearance at E3 and dev kit sightings have kept speculation alive that something new is on the horizon. More recently, images of a potential PSP phone showed up on Engadget, and though Sony isn't copping to anything specific, someone over at Sony Ericsson is will to fan the flames.

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Michael Jackson The Experience

All over the exclusive Michael Jackson gloves in the world won't be of much use to you without music to move them to. That's not an issue with "Michael Jackson: The Experience" after today, though, because Ubisoft has shared the complete lists of MJ tunes that are slated for playability when it comes out for the Wii, PSP and Nintendo DS on November 25 and the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with Move and Kinect support in early 2011.

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