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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:08pm 03/02/11 | 17 Comments
Much talk has hit the airwaves since Sony revealed the PSP's successor in the the aptly acronymed Next Generation Portable (NGP), and today they've released the first public video showing off the new devices features and a number of games in the works for it.

It features a touch-pad on the back as well as a touch-sensitive screen, dual analogue controls, a camera in the back for augmented reality features and much, much more. So don't take my word for it, watch the video embedded below to see if they can launch a new handheld worth more than its weight in gold (and more than the PSP in terms of life-span), against Nintendo's forthcoming 3DS.

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`ViPER`
Posted 02:21pm 03/2/11
Sony need to translate superior hardware into a handheld that people actualy want to play.

Will people realy care if its just a faster PSP with the same games?
Reality
Posted 02:28pm 03/2/11
yes
Midda
Posted 04:06pm 03/2/11
Will people realy care if its just a faster PSP with the same games?

It's essentially a PS3 you can take with you, now that it has dual analogue and the potential for a constant internet connection. It's a pretty big deal, and I'm now slightly more interested in this than I am the 3DS.
ravn0s
Posted 04:10pm 03/2/11
but does it play blurays?
Eorl
Posted 04:17pm 03/2/11
It's a PS3 in your hands. Who the f*** doesn't want that? Maybe terrible DS people, but thats bout it. Far superior support and technology, allowing game developers to excel to new lengths.
`ViPER`
Posted 04:36pm 03/2/11
It's a PS3 in your hands. Who the f*** doesn't want that?


I thinks its been pretty overwhelmingly shown that people DONT just want a faster version of the old thing.

Wii
Kinect
PS Move

The DS killed th PSP, even though its much slower hardware. Why, because of innovation with the dual screen and touch screens.

Nintendo continue to inovate with the 3DS etc, lets see what people do with the NGP or whatever its called. I reckon augmented reality is a pretty cool feature.
molokoplus
Posted 05:41pm 03/2/11
3DS is a better all round portable. The 3D will win it for them, people will go holy crap 3D without the crappy glasses. It will get alot of airtime on TV shows. Mums and Dads will go out and buy it for their children, who are the Nintendo's targeted demographic and who already own a DSi. Sony PS3P has nothing to offer other than nice hardware inside for the shiny graphics and the 5 inch OLED screen, which will put the price up a fair bit.
So Nintendo wins next Gen handheld portable and the other people will just use Apple crap or Android for portable gaming
d0mino
Posted 06:25pm 03/2/11

Wii
Kinect
PS Move
these are all fail.
DK
Posted 06:33pm 03/2/11
Yeah I can't figure out who is the target market. tech geeks? it isn't a "cool" looking device

If it's < $300 for the basic model i'll pick it up. However I doubt it as Sony tend to think they can charge what ever they want.

If only they could produce them with an apple logo... Sony would sell millions at $1000+ !
Jayman
Posted 06:37pm 03/2/11
Looks pretty awesome imo. I read a lot of complaints about the 3DS and having to hold it "just right" for the 3D to work well, and giving some people headaches. That doesn't sound good to me. This has kick ass graphics AND touchscreen like ipad / iphone AND what look like nice controls AND multitouch behind? Looks like pure win. Any reports on what the battery life will be like on that thing?
Dan
Posted 06:43pm 03/2/11
these are all fail.
critically with their current levels of software support, yes. Commercially, f*** no.

NGP is postured as very much a core-gaming device, which is a very narrow target market. It's an especially risky venture imo, especially since 3DS not only has a decent core-appeal itself but the wow-factor of glasses-free 3D that can play 3D movies and take 3D photos. Every kid (over 6) is going to be getting their parents to buy them one and gamers will be buying them too, it's going to print money.

NGP might have its place, if they price it low enough. Chances of that happening with such a powerful device and Sony's history seem pretty damn slim at this point though.

From a gamer's perspective, one thing NGP has going for it is the controls. Dual analogues, a touch screen, shoulder buttons and a rear touch pad. Basically every popular home console game is going to be able to be ported on to that thing, which should be a major boon for it.
Jayman
Posted 06:54pm 03/2/11
You'd expect with all the features it has to at least cost as much as a base level iPad imo ($629), possible more?

Speaking of iPad, I find it great for games, but the graphics need to stepped up a notch and sometime touch an gyro don't cut it. This looks like it covers those bases.

That said, like dan said, are the that many people who want a device like that. Or more importantly, willing to pay for it. Plus pay probably $50+ a pop for games.

It would be cool if they had an appstore type deal with small cheapish games (like iOS) as well as bigger full releases from major publishers they can charge more for.
DM
Posted 07:02pm 03/2/11
NGP might have its place, if they price it low enough

Some European Sony head guy has said that it "won't cost $599" which I guess is a good thing haha. My guess will be around $450 - 500 though.
Mordecai
Posted 07:16pm 03/2/11
Some European Sony head guy has said that it "won't cost $599" which I guess is a good thing haha. My guess will be around $450 - 500 though.

You're forgetting the Australia Tax. Here it will be $699.95.
Eorl
Posted 11:30pm 03/2/11
Nah, if they want to, they can sell it at a loss and sell a s*** load of them. Look, yes, the DS and 3DS are a great piece of hardware, and they'll always be huge because of the large children demographic that they aim for. But it won't be surprising if the older gamers pick up the PSP2, which I can see happening. It will have some mature games come out, including a existing or new COD, and a few other big titles.
Dan
Posted 10:05am 04/2/11
the DS and 3DS are a great piece of hardware, and they'll always be huge because of the large children demographic that they aim for. But it won't be surprising if the older gamers pick up the PSP2
I expect the 3DS software line-up to end up much broader than the DS. The DS was very much focused on that mainstream market, and I think the 3DS will not only retain that base but attract a lot more core gamer interest too.

You can already see some of this in some of the titles due on it by June (so still in the launch window). These games specifically all have an element of core-appeal (although not necessarily "mature"):
Asphalt 3D, Bust a Move Universe, Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Madden NFL Football, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, PilotWings Resort, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, Samuari Warriors: Chronicles, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, Star Fox 64 3D, Super Monkey Ball 3D, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D.
That's a pretty big chunk of games and if it manages to properly establish a core base, I think there's every chance we'll see just as many (if not more) "mature games" land on the 3DS as the PSP2.
Tim
Posted 06:05pm 04/2/11
Well i hope that Bill Gates enjoys his custom made console.. Pretty sure it's gonna be 70 bagillion dollars...
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