Hard to imagine, but the Sony PSP is almost seven years old. Announced back in May 2004, Sony’s gaming handheld was described as the "Walkman of the 21st Century" and proceeded to spawn several generations of hardware in the fight to take on Nintendo’s DS. Now, the PSP is giving way to the Sony NGP, the Next Generation Portable. Read on as SlashGear 101 takes you through everything you need to know.
Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) gaming device may have a delayed global launch due to last month's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. According to Bloomberg, Sony may only be able to introduce the NGP in one region this year instead of starting sales by the end of the year in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
If you are a music fan that has a PS3 and access to Sony's Music Unlimited service you can stream all the music you ears can handle from the web. The service comes in a basic offering and a premium offering. The difference is the basic offering at £3.99 monthly gives you streaming of genre specific channels while the premium at £9.99 monthly offers you access to more channels and on demand play of any track the service offers.
Sony's NGP could arrive in Europe first, rather than Japan, according to the latest batch of rumors. According to MCVUK's sources, among third-party licensees, Sony has set development deadlines for "key Western releases" to ensure projects are completed before the end of the summer and in time for a fall deployment.
Strong words and arguments over the Sony NGP, Nintendo 3DS and the rise of smartphone gaming these past few days, amid disagreements over the direction in which the games industry is moving. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata led the charge, taking to the GDC 2011 stage and decrying smartphone games as not only lower quality but threatening "the high value of software." Meanwhile, Sony has said that the NGP is "not going to run at 2 GHz because the battery would last five minutes... and it would probably set fire to your pants" but that it sits "halfway" between the original PSP and the PS3, a chase for speed and hardware that some game developers predict will see it "dead on arrival."
My love for video games is unconditional. I’m just as much a fan of the Nintendo Entertainment System as I am a fan of the PlayStation 3. I love the PSP as much as I love my old GameBoy. And I’m just as willing to pick up my Nintendo DS as the Sega Dreamcast. Simply put, I’m a gamer to the core.
But I just don’t think I’ll be waiting in line for the Nintendo 3DS when it launches in the United States on March 27.
Apple’s iPhone has done quite a bit to change the mobile market. It has ushered in the touch-screen craze, delivered an easy way to get third-party programs onto the platform, and generally changed how all other mobile phones are judged. But one of the most significant changes the iPhone initiated was the growth of gaming on smartphones. Thanks to the Apple App Store, more and more people are downloading games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and countless others. The iPhone is now a full-fledged gaming device that, by all measures, can be compared to the Nintendo DS and Sony’s PSP.
The Sony PlayStation 3 has been around for awhile now. In tech years, it could be like a hundred years old. But when it came out in 2006 the machine was meant to be so advanced that it would have a lifecycle of ten years versus six years like its predecessors the PS2 and PS1. But now reaching its halfway point, could Sony ponder pushing forth a PS4 sooner than later? Most signs confirm a negative.
Sony has remained coy on pricing for the Sony NGP, though it has dismissed concerns that the upcoming handheld will carry an extreme premium price tag. Speaking to GameInformer, SCEE president of worldwide studios Shu Yoshida confirmed that the NGP is "not going to be $599" when reminded of the surprise many gamers experienced at the original launch of the PS3.