Hirai: No NGP pricing, battery life details as console still in prototype phase

Monday, 31st January 2011 14:30 GMT By Johnny Cullen


SCEI boss Kaz Hirai has said that announcements on pricing and battery life for NGP – PSP’s next-gen successor in everything bar name – will not be made yet due to the device still being in a prototype phase.

He told Impress Watch, however, that the company’s currently aiming at targets which should please consumers either way.

No pricing details were confirmed for the handheld at its unveil last week in Tokyo, although a report claimed that battery life would be somewhere in the region of 4-5 hours.

Hirai said over the weekend that Sony was in talks about bringing digital versions of games previously released on PSP over to NGP.

NGP will release this year in Japan.

Thanks, Andriasang.



  1. Goffee

    If its so prototype-y I’m wondering if we’re entering delay central with regards to a PAL release this year…

    #1 4 years ago

    Still time to remove features, then?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DaMan

    it would seem they’ve announced it just to slow 3DS’ immense hype.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Region locking has killed any interest I had in the 3DS.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Goffee

    @2 or perhaps add them? Octo-core processors, here we come!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @5, with SLI Nvidia 580 GTX

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Razor

    @G1GA, why so cynical? :P

    #7 4 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    regarding the battery, anyone know if it’s user-replaceable?

    User-replaceable batteries mean a battery life that’s on the shit side is slightly forgiveable if you can hot-swap in a fresh one.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    They said the other day that the battery wasn’t replaceable because of the rear touch-pad thingy.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Crysis

    Considering getting it from the US of A, we Aussies tend to get new hardware a few months behind Japan/USA, any idea if anything on it will be region locked like services or games? Kind of too early to tell really.
    Thing is, even including postage, i’d probably end up spending $50+ more to get it from a retailer here. IDK who’s screwing with us over here, wouldn’t be surprised if our retailer were price fixing =\ The 60gb model PS3 was $1000 AUD @ launch here, ($900 USD @ that time, now the currency is the same)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. naffgeek

    in other words, 3DS is coming out soon, lets steal us some thunder.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    @9, they say because of the touch pad, but I wonder if it’s more to do with the whole Pandora battery thing the original PSP had going on.

    Anyhoo, non-replaceable batteries for this sort of thing is a bad idea. Rechargeable batteries deteriorate over time, so if you can’t replace the battery your device automatically has a usable lifetime limited to that batteries longevity.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Bagpuss-RoXx


    If anyone thinks that this will launch in Europe before March/April 2012, they are deluding themselves.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. xino


    also more time to add 3D to NGP!

    Without it, it will never surpass 3DS in sales

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Crysis

    @14, I only see you comment on 3DS or NGP articles, every post being pro 3DS.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Freek

    It’s going to be 500 dollars and they are going to compare it to an iPad and say: “that’s 700 dollars, ours is only 500 and more powerfull”. Games are going to be 50 bucks.
    And people will compain.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. xino

    or maybe you are only looking at 3DS/NGP articles alone and not interested in other news:/

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DaMan

    iPhone5/iPad 2 are going to have a very similar graphics chip, wouldn’t be a clever idea to overprice this thing.

    #18 4 years ago

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