We've been waiting for this moment, the unveiling of the next-generation portable, the Sony NGP. During Sony's E3 2011 press conference, the company confirmed several rumors for the PSP successor. Sony exec Kazuo Hirai took the stage for the reveal and made it known that the official name for the Sony NGP is indeed the Sony PS VIta.
The Sony PSP successor codenamed the NGP is expected to debut at the upcoming E3 2011 conference. When the NGP was first announced, it was said that the device would be able to play previously downloaded PSP games. At a press event today, Sony has gone further to confirm and detail this backwards compatibility.
No one will argue that Sony needs a new portable console. The PSP has never sold as well as the competition, even when it was new, and the new 3DS is now here and doing well. Sony needs a new portable to compete and the Sony portable we know now as the NGP has been tipped to be officially called the PS Vita when it launches.
Sony is looking to reduce its initial outlay on the NGP next-gen portable games console, with CFO Masaru Kato telling the WSJ that the new handheld will not be as "investment heavy" as previous hardware as the development budget is pared away. Reports claimed last week that Sony had decided to halve the NGP's expected memory as well as rely solely on removable storage, in an attempt to bring down the sticker price.
The Sony NGP sounds like it will be a very cool portable game system. Sony is hoping that the NGP will be able to compete with the Nintendo 3DS in sales the way the original PSP was never able to compete with the Nintendo DS. Whether or not the competition will be what Sony hopes for remains to be seen. So far, we really don't know all the official specs for the NGP. We do know a few things though like the console is supposed to come in 3G or WiFi versions.
You love charts, we love charts, and Sony sure loves charts when they confirm PS3 sales were headed skyward in 2010. The company has released its full-year 2010 financial results (up to March 31 2011) and revealed that 14.3m PlayStation 3 consoles were sold in the twelve month period. Interestingly, though, 2010 holiday season sales (Q3 on Sony's calendar) were down in comparison to 2009, from 6.5m to 6.3m, while the three month period at the start of this calendar 2011 also dipped year-on-year.
When Sony launched the PSP Go in 2009, it was expected to be the next big thing by some fans. They said that it would capitalize on the growing downloadable-content trend, and gamers wouldn’t even miss the UMD drive. More importantly, they said, with such future-focused features, it could justify its $250 price tag.