New NGP Sony PlayStation Portable Release May Be DelayedApr 4th, 2011 | By Eli Johnson | Category: Technology and Science
With several factories shut down for repair following Japan’s earthquake, Sony announced may delay release of its new NGP PlayStation Portable unit, announced Sony Computer Entertainment of America president Jack Tretton. Sony is considering staggering release by offering the new product in only one region this year, instead of releasing it in all regions in time for end-of-the-year holiday shopping.
“A delayed introduction may give game developers in certain regions more time to complete their software,” Tretton explained.
The PlayStation 3 added enhanced high-definition graphics and animation, a unified online gaming service, and Blu-Ray encoding to PlayStation’s existing features. The new NGP (“next generation portable”) model will deliver the power of the PlayStation 3 game console in a handheld. The new model will feature a 5-inch OLED display, two analog sticks, a front touch display, a rear multi-sensor touchpad, motion sensors, and front and rear-facing cameras. It will offer location-based services as part of an application called “Near.” The NGP will employ a proprietary memory format.
Sony hopes the NGP will compete with Nintendo’s new 3DS, which lets people play 3-D games without special glasses. Nintendo’s staggered introduction of the 3DS in February and March met sales success. But industry observers believe a staggered introduction of the NGP may place Sony at a competitive disadvantage, increasing its time lag behind rival companies and forcing release to compete with release of the iPad 3.
Sony stock fell 1.2 percent to 2640 yen in trading Monday in Tokyo.