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Sony Delays New Handheld Console?

Sony has delayed the release of the Next Generation Portable (NGP), due to the disaster in Japan.

The handheld game, which was supposed to come out at the end of 2011, has been delayed because of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  Sony is hoping that the NGP will boost sales and enable them to compete against Nintendo, who is currently wiping the floor with Sony and their outdated PSP.

Sony’s going all out with the NGP; they have lined up some great games to be released on the console, including Metal Gear Solid and Resistance.  The device itself also has some pretty cool features.  For starters it has two analog sticks, oppose to one like the original PSP, it may not seem like much, but it will make it possible to play great first person shooter games.  The screen is a touch screen and on the back of the NGP there is a touch pad, it also has both a front and rear camera and a microphone and stereo speakers.

When it’s released, buyers will have the option to buy one with 3G support or a cheaper one without 3G support.  The one that has 3G features will come with pre-loaded applications, such as augmented reality.  For people who don’t know, augmented reality is basically like a virtual reality helmet, you move your head, or in this case the device, and the view on the screen also moves.  Augmented reality is also a feature on Nintendo’s 3DS and that has 3D on its side, which the NGP will not.

I have to say, I think releasing two versions is a mistake.  If you buy the cheaper version, like a lot of young people will to be part of the trend, you will be missing out on much of the fun.  Let’s hope the NGP doesn’t fail like its predecessor the PSP Go.  However, currently the original PSP is outselling the 3DS in Japan, so there might be hop for Sony yet.

Update

Jack Tretton, Boss of Sony’s US branch, stated that the NGP would be delayed, but hopefully would be released in at least one ‘territory’ in 2011.  However, his statement has been denyed by, Sony Japan’s, Satoshi Fukuoka, who claims that there will be no delay in the release of the NGP.  Who’s right is a mystery, but if Sony wants to take on the 3DS they should go with Fukuoka’s plan.

What do you think?  Do you want a new version of the PSP?  Which do you prefer Sony or Nintendo?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

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One response

  1. Amy

    I think this console looks real good n sounds very advanced but I’m going 2 stick with my psp lol 🙂

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm

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