Monday, 31 January 2011

Sony NGP pre-release thoughts

The PSP2, NGP, Super Mario Sony machine, whatever they're calling it, it looks immense. Quad core processor, quad core graphics unit, Quad screens! Just kidding, only one screen. It's got WiFi, 3G and GPS. Let's not forget about the minuscule 5 inch OLED touch screen (there had to be a bad point right?) and rear multitouch pad. Officially announced several days ago in Japan, I have to say, it looks a lot like the old PSPs except it looks solid, like a brick?

This powerhouse of a machine is going to be running some fantastic looking games, there's no doubt about that but as well know, games on the PSP were...poor, all action no game play. Of course, there were a select few that stood out. Let's hope that the NGP changes that, I've got a hankering for some visually spectacular games with good game play on a handheld. The one thing we have to remember is that it's a handheld and we're going to be walking around with it. With so much power and connectivity, it's hard to believe that the battery life is going to last longer than 4 hours, I seriously hope I'm underestimating that.

Sony mentioned location based gaming during the unveling, it's been tried many times before and it's never worked, admittedly it's been on mobile platforms so a fully fledged gaming console should hopefully be able to the job. I can't wait to see how they bring the GPS into play and how far they can take it. With the inclusion of 3G mobile data connectivity I'm wondering if this will be for worldwide multilayer gaming at any time, any place or for streaming media/browsing? It seems like mobile phones and handheld consoles are closely becoming one (with the exclusion of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play).

According to a little birdy the price of the NGP will be so low that Sony will lose money! True or not, Sony have confirmed that it will be “affordable” although the meaning of the word gets warped daily. Another juicy, slightly unrelated, tidbit is that Sony is brining PlayStation games to Android and vice versa. What this means is that some newer supported Android phones will be able to play PlayStation games and the NGP will play Android games. There's a lot of hype and promise around this handheld, please don't let us down Sony! It's still early days for the Sony PSP2...errr NGP.

Omran, CeX UK Contributor.

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