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NGP News Round Up


NGP has been a source of media attention since it has announced with rumors, requests and some sprinkled in info. Developers seem to be in a supportive frenzy unlike which I have seen for any other platform in the past. I’ve seen developers go back and forth over the console that they are developing for but I’ve never seen this number of developers show unanimous support for a single console prior to its launching like this one. It surely gets the brain going.

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From MCVUK, some retailers are speaking up on preferred price. Retailers are asking Sony for a sub £300 price range to be successful.

That’s roughly $480 in North America, but as we know there is not a direct currency translation between us and the UK. Currently the PS3 is about £258.37 in the UK. (UK guys feel free to correct me). So they are asking for the NGP to be priced around the same price as the PS3.

For reference, the 3DS is listed at £229.99.

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From Creative Directed Ru Weerasuriya from Ready at Dawn had a lot to say about the NGP at the DICE summit. Ready at Dawn is known for the PSP versions of God of War.

” I have a smile on my face whenever we talk about the NGP because I think overall that console has the potential to really define what portable gaming is.

You know, we did that also with the PS3 and all that, but the NGP — not only with the touch screen capability, but the screen, and just the capacity of actually making a game that’s probably better than PS3 games that you can make right now — for me, it’s like the thing. For portable gaming I don’t think there’s anything else in the future.”

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according to Destructoid, Vice President of Nippon Ichi , Johanna Hirota, has confirmed that they are working on a game for the NGP that will be ready “This Year”, which brings light to a 2011 release at least in Japan. Nippon Ichi is best known for the Disgaea series so maybe that’s what we will see on the NGP?

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Andriasang, has listed Famitsu readers responses as to what they want with the NGP.

Even though there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding NGP, including details on price and launch titles, Famitsu’s readers appear to be largely excited about the system. Asked if they want the NGP, 76.2% said yes. Only 7.9% said no, with the remaining 15.9% saying they’re still not sure.

How much interest the NGP ends up drawing will likely have a lot to do with price. The second item in the survey was a multiple choice question about expected price. 42.5% selected Â¥30,000 or below as the system’s expected price point. The second most popular response was Â¥35,000 and below at 18.7%, followed by Â¥25,000 and below at 17%.

1.5% expect the system to cost below Â¥15,000, which would be lower than the PSP’s current Â¥16,800. 3.7% expect it to cost over Â¥50,000. Famitsu didn’t get a reason from those who selected Â¥15,000. However, a 44-year-old man who selected Â¥50,000 said that he expects the system to cost around the level of current Smartphones.

Sony showed white and black NGP models at the PlayStation Meeting unveiling. White is actually the most wanted color amongst survey takers, getting 224 votes. Blue came in second with 183 votes, followed by Red, Silver and Green. Black didn’t make the top five.

NGP is packed with features, from its massive screen to its various input devices to built in 3G support and software features like Near and LiveArea. Famitsu asked readers which feature is most notable.

The top response with 680 votes was the system’s ability to deliver console-level graphics. Coming in at a close second with 622 votes was the system’s dual analogue stick setup. Screen resolution of four times that of the PSP came in at third with 607 votes.

One of the NGP’s more unique features is its inclusion of dual touch panels, one on the screen and one behind the unit. At the press conference, Sony demonstrated dual touch controls for Uncharted and Little Deviants.

Famitsu asked readers to name the genre the’d most like to see use dual touch controls. Action was the most popular response by far, beating out puzzle, simulation, FPS and adventure in that order.

Among the responses, one 20-year-old college student suggested that the rear touch pad could be appropriate when you have to control something separate from your character. Some responders felt that the dual touch panels could lead to revolutionary controls.

The result for this question shouldn’t come as a surprise. Monster Hunter got 282 votes, almost as much as the other four in the top five combined. Metal Gear Solid was second, followed by Final Fantasy, Tales and Kingdom Hearts.

One responder said that because the system has a right analogue stick similar to the Dual Shock, he wants to play Monster Hunter.

Somewhat related to this, Famitsu’s readers selected Capcom as their most wanted NGP third party developer. Konami came next, followed by Square Enix, Sega and Namco Bandai.

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CVGUK has posted Edge Magazines opinions on the NGP hands on experience.

-Considerably larger
-Much thinner than a PSP
-Size trade off for the 5 inch OLED is very worth it
-Does not give off heat
-Very comfortable
-high quality
-best dual analog sticks on any handheld ever
-some NGP features were removed to bring down price prior to unveiling