Sony asked for developer input on NGP

Friday, 18th February 2011 16:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Evolution Studios seems pretty pleased with what Sony has done with NGP, especially because it specifically asked developers what should go into the handheld.

Speaking with NowGamer, studio director Matt Southern said Sony even took into consideration its suggestion to add the trackpad.

“We’ve all been looking at odd-looking devices with wires sticking out them since an early date, because with the commencement of research on NGP, Sony really changed its approach so that it was much more developer-driven,” said Southern.

“Instead of Sony handing hardware to developers and saying, ‘here’s our next device, make something cool’, it set about asking developers what they thought should go into the device, and what they thought would be cool.

“Literally saying, ‘we’re thinking of a rear touch pad, what could you do with that?’ BigBig came up with Little Deviants, which I think is going to be one of the killer apps,” said Southern. “So it’s almost kind of weird to be asked what I think of it because I told Sony what I think of it and, as a result, that’s reflected in the hardware.

“That’s happened right across, Japan, Asia, Europe and America, so in terms of first-party development it’s the machine we all wanted, and I think that’s starting to show in the games. It’s going to be a tremendous console for gamers, whether they’re core or hardcore.”

Sony has not provided a date for NGP yet, but it is expected sometime this year.



  1. Crysis

    *Wishes for PS2 playback*

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Elven_Star


    #2 4 years ago
  3. Fin

    “Killer app” was used as a description waaayyyy before the App Store.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Crysis

    App is a function not limited to software.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Vistrix

    @1 I’m betting that’s the big announcement at E3.

    That would be enough for so many people to purchase it on day one.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Crysis

    @5, Would be for me :D

    #6 4 years ago
  7. earlyrock

    Good news.

    Its about time Sony fully embraced developers and got them on board from the beginning with their hardware. I remember reading that when Kaz took over from Uncle Ken, he pretty much demanded this happened in the future.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. OrbitMonkey

    Sony: So guys what would be cool?
    Devs: *deep breath* TWO FUCKING CONTROL STICKS!
    Sony: k…

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Crysis

    Still missing 2 shoulder buttons, i hope that I can map both halves of the touch pad to L2/R2.

    #9 4 years ago

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