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Sony pegs NGP for “2011″ in London, drops mega-details

Friday, 4 February 2011 14:10 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

New information regarding Sony’s NGP emerged in London yesterday during a private presentation to around 20 UK-based developers. According to one of the attendees, Sony outlined its marketing plans for the first five years of the handheld, as well as providing extra details on its hardware specs and networking features.

Extra NGP Details

Sony wants titles that’ll work on both PS3 and NGP.

Uncharted, Little Deviants and WipEout HD shown running in London.

Games run at 60 frames per second.

Both front and back panels capable of six-point multi-touch.

Wi-Fi plus 3G expected “holiday 2011.”

Analysts expect it to retail between $299-$349 in the US.

Q&A – NGP

The developer, speaking anonymously to Eurogamer, said Sony plans to focus on the core during NGP’s first year on the market before changing its focus to “hardcore and teens” during year two. Beyond that, Sony expects the audience to expand into younger and older demographics.

According to the source, development kits weren’t handed out at the event due to “late shipments from Japan,” and that in order for a studio to be given one before April, the team must submit a “20-page concept document on a game they want to release at launch”. Development kits have been in the hands of UK studios for quite some time, but the new kits being described by the source will be the firt ones with “the final GPU in them.”

Titles demoed at the event Uncharted, Little Deviants and WipEout HD, with the source stating the later was running on the game’s PS3 engine with “no changes to the art platform.”

“That means full resolution, full 60 frames per second. It looks exactly the same as it does on PS3 – all the shader effects are in there,” said the source, adding that Sony wants developers to create titles which will work on both PS3 and NGP. In order to streamline this, Sony has made the submission process easier, with only a single submission required for either system; however, the platform holder also doesn’t want “exactly the same game,” on both systems, stating there “has to be a reason for the NGP title,” yet contain interactivity between the two versions with NGP-only extras.

NGP games shown running on the system.

“NGP is a developer’s dream – Sony is finally doing the things developers have been crying out for for years,” said Eurogamer’s source. “All games at launch available on flash [the physical storage medium] would also be on PSN.

“Any shaders for PS3 stuff will just work. We won’t have to rewrite. What would have taken two-to-three months before looks like it could take just one-to-two weeks now. The architecture is obviously different, but it’s the same development environment.

“Sony has made [NGP] completely developer-centric this time. [The development kit] is really simple to plug in and use. It opens direct in Windows Explorer and you can see all systems on a network – so you could, for example, update the firmware of multiple NGPs at once.

“A PS3 dev station can take three hours to set-up. This looks like it will take under 20 mins. It just makes everything easier – they’ve really thought about it this time”.

The source also confirmed that NGP contains three gyroscopes compared to the PS3′s controller, and combined with front and rear touch panels capable of six-point multi-touch, which will allow more accurate movements. Sony demonstrated this by showing a person “squeezing an in-game object,” by pinching the front and back at the same time.

“NGP is a developer’s dream”

“The touch pad on the back is fantastic,” said the source. “It does feel second nature, like you’re having a real impact on the world.”

Social and location-based features were touched on, so were “virtual gifts,” like “new skins and avatars”.

Sony also told attendees that a date and price for the system would be announced soon, and the rumored “cloud saving” feature was not confirmed by SCEE despite being brought up by developers.

NGP was announced last week in Japan, and the general consensus is that it will see a retail release in time for Christmas shopping. During the event, Sony hinted that the Wi-Fi edition would be released this year, and the Wi-Fi plus 3G system would be the one hitting around the holidays.

Earlier today, EEDAR estimated that the Wi-Fi only version would retail in the US between $299 and $349 “but not to exceed $399.”

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24 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    I hope this is so… The PS2 and PS3 sounded like they were a bitch to program so this is def a step in the right direction. Im still confused on how they will market this though… If a developer wanted to make a new Syphon Filter game for example, why would you want to squeeze that into the NGP rather than go the whole hog and make it for the PS3 when the costs are still gonna be pretty high for both? Now that you have a handheld that sounds practically comparable in horsepower to a home machine won’t it lose some of the unique games you tend to see on portable machines?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. naffgeek

    I actually think the camera, touchpads and gyroscopes will make for some pretty unique games.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Blimey, it actually sounds like they’re getting it right for a change! Would the real Sony please stand up? :-D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    @2

    I suppose that the NGP can technically play host to a whole range of games, simple iphone-like puzzle games upto PS3 style blockbusters. It just seems like Sony are pushing the whole “It’s like having a portable PS3″ thing too hard. I enjoyed playing God of War on my PSP because it felt quite cool to have a PS2 quality game on a portable, but the wow factor quickly wore out when i realised it was the same game i’d already played twice before at home on a big screen in the comfort of my living room. I enjoy the seperation of home to portable console gaming, and i hope that Sony aren’t going to far down the road to bridging that gap and making the experience more stale. I guess im in the minority who doesn’t want to take games like Call of Duty, Killzone out with them when there sitting on a bus/train… Especially not enough to pay a premium price for the pleasure

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    “I actually think the camera, touchpads and gyroscopes will make for some pretty unique games.”

    I hope so, because right now it seems like most people are talking about porting over PS3 games… and I’ve got absolutely no interest in playing PS3 games on a handheld.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. TheViking

    I call bullshit. Why? I heard the same about the PS3. “It will run 1080p@60FPS”. Then Sony mocked the xbox 360 for not having 1080p support. What do we see today? All new Xbox 360 games support 1080p (yes, I know it’s just upscaling) and very few PS3 games do.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Tallon 4

    Day fuckin’ one!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. frostquake

    Looking good with every news update. The Only Concern I have as of right now with it, is the Porting of PS3 Games to it. If they do basically the same game with just one extra level, then that would be harmful. But, if they tie it in with a whole new story, that would be great.

    I like the way the PSP game Resistance: Retribution on the PSP impacted your Character on Resistance 2 on the PS3, it just didn’t go deep enough..but if they continue to dive deeper…it could really help both!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. xino

    @TheViking!

    exactly. PS3 can do multitasking before it was released and in final product it can’t!

    however not all xbox 360 games run in 720p. But the big ones are “AAA”

    #9 4 years ago
  10. The_Red

    @9
    What are you talking about? Every console released in the last 20 years suppords multi tasking. The harder and more thing thing that most can’t do is multi threading but even then, I’m pretty sure Cell’s architecture allow multi threading as well.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. The_Red

    God I miss “edit” button :(
    “The harder and more important thing”
    “allows multi threading as well”

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Crysis

    Developers use Windows? :O

    #12 4 years ago
  13. spiderLAW

    @12
    Yes
    And even some artists too.
    I do :)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Crysis

    Hmm, I assumed Windows was only useful for gamers & the common man, but not developers & such, just always figured Linux would be better suited for that kind of shit…

    #14 4 years ago
  15. earlyrock

    Sony, this is how you should of been rolling for the past 5 years. Get the devs happy, make it easy, bend over backwards for them.

    Glad to hear its looking decent.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. mojo

    12. what else?
    restricted macos? unsupported linux? BSD?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. mojo

    @ article. Sounds rather promising!
    all it needs now is telephone function and im sold day one.
    without it im propably still are.. :D

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Crysis

    @16, I’m sure all non-Windows tools should be available on Linux, so yeah, i would have figured Linux.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Gama_888

    @17 agreed, phone functions would sell this to me instantly, but sony allready said there trying to stay away from that

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Crysis

    Well it’ll have skype so you can make video calls to mates who also have skype from anywhere you are, but the data charges will be scary expensive.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Bloodyghost

    If its 250 then I will kill a hoe over one

    If its 300 then I would buy it fast

    If its 350 then I would wait

    If its 400 I would give Sony the finger.

    Also PLEASE let there be no 3G tied to a network like AT and T

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Crysis

    May just have a slot for a Micro Sim card, although it’s likely that 3G models maybe sold (& locked) by only providers. I just don’t give a fuck about 3G, too fucking expensive & definitely not worth the price.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. spiderLAW

    @22
    If NGP were your only console…3G wouldnt be so steep.
    Playing online on PC and PS3, paying for 3G for portable is stupid.

    Anyways…not sure how it works in Aussie but everything in US is dedicated. They will have to choose a provider here and if people want it on another provider, they will have to find a way to unlock it like a phone. Micro sim really hasnt caught on over here, not that im aware of anyways. I dont work for mobile providers anymore :(

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Crysis

    Some providers normally snap up slightly cheaper deals for mobile phones/gadgets, but there’s almost always an unlocked version of whatever phone/gadget you can think of, not sure about you Americans, but I believe most of our providers here are starting to sell regular sims that can detach from their outer casing & form a Micro Sim(same thing, different shape), well I do know my provider, Optus, at least does it, so if i bought an iPad (with micro sim slot) i could snap part of my sim & chuck it in there for 3G browsing (fucking expensive here, i believe 15 cents per MB, but i was on Facebook for half an hour & got charged $50, no way did I use over 300mb in 30mins just on FB)

    #24 4 years ago

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  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]