Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sony Reveals ‘Next Generation Portable’ (Their Words, Not Mine)

ngpphoto3Earlier today, Sony held a press conference in Japan to unveil their newest portable gaming device: the Next Generation Portable (working title, I guess).

The two biggest questions – actual name and price – have yet to be answered, but Sony’s been nothing short of pushy about the device’s other specs. The NGP (ugh) will feature dual analog sticks, front- and rearview cameras, flash memory cartridges, a rear touchscreen (?), Sixaxis tilt controls, and some touch control on the front OLED screen. Sony’s also touting the machine’s power, showcasing adaptations of popular PS3 franchises like Uncharted and Killzone. It also features built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity.

Sony’s strategy comes straight out of the Tim Allen “More power!” playbook. It’s conceivable that they included the rear touchscreen simply because someone said it couldn’t be done. Sony would also like you to believe the NGP belongs in company with its bigger brother, the PS3. Please take that one with at least fifteen packets of salt.

We can expect to see the NGP on shelves this holiday – in direct competition with the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo, despite a relatively soft launch game-wise, is banking on the strength of its first-party software, as well as the allure of 3D. Sony is throwing in everything but the kitchen sink (and 3D, by the looks of it), hoping their “More power!” approach will win us over.

No word yet on whether or not consumers should expect to take a second job to pay for their NGP.

[via Kotaku and GameInformer]