The Sony NGP is Set to Blur the Line Between Home Console and Portable Gaming
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was quoted saying he wanted to create an MGS game that players can start on their Playstation 3, and then continue from whence they left off on their NGP. If this kind of thing is possible, then the NGP might very well blur the line that separates home console and handheld gaming. The ConsoleBoost of the gamers will enhance the gaming experience of the players. The improving of the ranks will indulge them into more playing of PS4 games.
So the PSP2, codename the NGP (Next Generation Portable) was finally revealed on January 27th, 2011, and what a doozy it is. The NGP is everything I imagined and then some. It features a rear-trackpad that functions similarly to the DS’s touchscreen, but works from behind, removing the obstruction of the player’s fingers on the screen. I wasn’t too fond of the DS’s touch screen usage on games that had no need for it, but the NGP’s rear-trackpad can prove more beneficial to gamers. It can theoretically be used as a replacement for L2, R2 and L3, R3 buttons, which can make for the kind of smooth gaming and precision the original PSP lacked in certain games, namely first person shooters. I simulated what the rear-trackpad may feel like while gaming on my PSP, and it seems comfortable enough. The NGP also includes 3G which I assume will be optional. Perhaps they will sell separate 3G and 3G-less models? We’ve known this for a while but it’s worth mentioning, the NGP will also include dual analog sticks. Not nubs. Real genuine protruding analog sticks. I can only guess that these sticks will be pushed back into nub-like position after gameplay. While protruding sticks may be ideal, they’d be a hassle to get in and out of your pant’s pockets. In a surprising move, Sony is abandoning the disc format and instead adopting flash memory cards as the new game media. So rest easy folks, the NGP will not be digital-only, but I think it’s safe to assume that it will not provide UMD support.
The NGP’s build is very familiar. It borrowed the look of the PSP x000 series. While it may not be the most beautiful thing to look at for some, it’s capabilities are what we should focus on. Besides, at least we can count on the inevitable slim edition sometime down the line.
The price is yet to be confirmed, but most folks think it will be heftier than the 3DS’ $249 price tag. Sony themselves stated they were going to sell it “at a loss” and market it as an “affordable” machine. Given that fact, perhaps we can finally look forward to a Sony system that won’t be a total drain on our bank accounts?
Sony’s Next Gaming Portable will be much like the PSP in that it will offer gamers an all in one experience. Don’t be surprised if you see some sort of app store where you can freely, or for a fee download apps, maybe an ebook reader? Unofficial PSP developers transformed Sony’s first gaming portable into something much bigger and better than what Sony had originally planned. Using the power of black magic that is known as homebrew, PSP owners were able to download fan-made ebook readers, emulators, improved video players, file organizers, txt editors and many other things. I can only hope such an effort for multimedia is put into the NGP by the head-honchos themselves.
So what are you going with; The Sony NGP or the newly released Nintendo 3DS?