Another NGP News Round Up


Its that time again for the nearly weekly rendition of the NGP news round up. Its really difficult to keep up with all of the new info on this hot piece of hardware so hopefully posting different pieces of news all at the same time will help us all to take it all in.

[tab:Europe this year?]

According to MCVUK, they claim they have an insider that is stating Sony has set a European release deadline of 11/11/11. That is very specific for a simple rumor if you ask me.

According to SCEA’s Jack Tretton, he stated that Sony’s desire might be for a worldwide simultaneous launch, but a more realistic goal would be to at least get out in one territory by the end of holiday 2011.

That’s a terribly busy time of the year for such a hardware launch with Uncharted and Elder
Scrolls 5 coming out all within that week.

[tab:Powerful X 4!]

How powerful exactly is the NGP? We have heard several different claims so far from many sources ranging from “as powerful as the PS3″ to “twice the power of the PSP.” Well Epic’s Mark Rein decided to speak out on this topic specifically. He stated that the NGP is 4 times more powerful then any other handheld on the market that is currently running the unreal engine Including the iPad, however excluding the iPad2.

For those of you who haven’t seen the Unreal Engine running on the NGP with AA and post processing…here you go!

[tab:Price Point]

Price has been a big topic of this product since its announcement and for a good reason when thinking of the PS3′s $600 price tag.

Subject of many debates, we have people guessing from $250-$499 for the NGP both without and with 3G services. Here is what Jim Ryan, European VP for SCE, had to say.

Jim Ryan, the European VP for Sony Computer Entertainment, has told reporters that the new NGP device will be very affordable. When asked to clarify his statement, the executive revealed that Sony had plans to keep the price low so they could sell their product to a larger audience. With a lower price, the sales are likely to dramatically increase.

Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCE, made a similar claim as well as touching on some other software uses for the NGP.

Shuhei Yoshida, the Sony Computer Entertainment President, has echoed a similar sentiment about the NGP yesterday. He said that the successor for the PSP would cater to all kinds of gamers and provide a variety of applications and software choices. Instead of just gaming, users will have all kinds of online interactive features to use. It is certain that the NGP is going to offer an unparalleled gaming experience.

[tab:NGP Going Back to the Basics]

Shuhei Yoshida has been discussing his feelings of the NGP and the developer input that Sony is receiving lately and how it reminds him of how the NGP resembles the PSOne days.

“The NGP development team visited many developers and publishers globally with an early prototype of the hardware to get direct feedback,” he told the official UK PlayStation Blog.

“I also personally joined some of the meetings to discuss various aspects of NGP and the options we were looking at,” he said. “The input of other developers outside of [SCE World Wide Studios] has been essential for us to make final decisions on NGP.”

“As a result of this, we went through many iterations of NGP,” Yoshida continued. “It reminded me of the early days of the original PlayStation, when we visited many developers and publishers to get feedback during the development of that product.”

“It’s almost as if SCE has gone back to basics, which should be a good thing,” he added.

[tab:Misc. Info]

Just a few small pieces of info that didn’t need its own tab. Enjoy. :)

-Acquire, developers who made Tenchu seem to have two games in development for the NGP. An action game and a stealth-action.

-NGP up close and personal in HD!


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Beastxjason on March 15th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    My Hype has ended with the $300 price point. Just to rich boy for me.

  2. #2 by EdEN on March 15th, 2011 [ 136063 Points ]

    Wi-Fi Model: $349
    3G Model: $399

    Launching only in Europe with 500,000 units
    Launching in Japan with 500,000 units in April 2012
    Launching in the Americas on September 2012 with 1,000,000 units after a healthy E3 showing (No 3G model for the Americas)

  3. #3 by Jay on March 15th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    this is going to be a very expensive year for me if I can land a job

  4. #4 by Dean147 on March 15th, 2011 [ 359 Points ]

    I think the NGP will end up getting pushed back to spring 2012. if not, then that’s good news.

    also I think £300 is a decent price point if you look at what you’re getting.

  5. #5 by Eddie on March 15th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    lol Eden has high hopes on price. Telling you $299.

  6. #6 by Jcmdaddy on March 15th, 2011 [ 59258 Points ]

    I’m interested in it, but it all boils down to how the games turn out.

  7. #7 by Markus on March 15th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    I’m interested but I barely touch my PSP so I may hold out for awhile. But it’s still fun to keep tabs on this thing.

    I wonder if the recent devastation in Japan will have any impact on this smexy piece of gaming goodness…

  8. #8 by Eddie on March 16th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Can’t say no to Uncharted on any platform :P

  9. #9 by Eddie on March 16th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    According to a Ubisoft survey of US Adults. The price point of the NGP will be $250 for the standard and $350 for the 3G version. While far from proof, this is the standard pricing method expected.

  10. #10 by thani on April 1st, 2011

    cant wait for uncharted to come out on ngp!!!!

  11. #11 by thani on April 3rd, 2011

    250$ is good price for wifi version thats what id get.


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