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Rumour: NGP entry model tech specs slashed

Friday, 27th May 2011 01:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The base model of Sony’s new portable will reportedly have half the RAM previously suggested.

IndustryGamers‘ translation of a 01net report has Sony making drastic cuts to the system in order to compete with 3DS pricing.

The version of the NGP without 3G connectivity is said to have had its RAM allotment reduced from 512MB to just 256MB.

Additionally, the expected 16GB internal flash memory is supposed to have been dropped, in favour of an external system – much like the current PSP’s reliance on memory cards.

Former details of the NGP’s planned system specifications have been gleaned largely from industry leaks, with Sony apparently cagey about revealing specifics.

At GDC, the NGP’s probable games format was detailed, a two to four GB flash card.

Sony’s most recent announcement had the NGP due by the end of the year, despite concerns the launch could be pushed back to 2012 outside Japan. A release date and price is due for reveal at E3.

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19 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    “The version of the NGP without 3G connectivity is said to have had its RAM allotment reduced from 512MB to just 256MB.”

    i don’t get it. Why so much? I say bollocks to this rumour.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. onlineatron

    If this is true, then the machine is DOA.

    Creating marketplace confusion with different SKUs, is NEVER good. Its doubly not good when your competitor is a Nintendo device which is a ‘this is what this does, simples’ device.

    Surely a drop in RAM would have a *serious* effect on games; would developers then have to make titles for the base model and not take advantage of the 3Gs buffed up specs?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. pedrami91

    Sony never really confirmed the 512 MB RAM so what’s the big deal ?

    Did you guys honestly believe it would have 512 MB RAM ?

    Besides, 256 MB RAM + 128 MB VRAM doesn’t sound so bad.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. G1GAHURTZ

    I told you that they might do this, didn’t I?

    Didn’t I tell you that they might do this??

    Huh…? Huh…??

    #4 3 years ago
  5. G1GAHURTZ

    Btw, the pic needs cropping.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Hunam

    I doubt, and by doubt mean it would never happen, that they’d release a version of the NGP with half the ram of the other. It would break games to the point where one or the other wouldn’t be worth owning.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. hikitsune

    Actually, it’s a little mistake with the translation. According to 01net, there will be no such differences between 3G/not-3G models. The slash is about all NGP systems. But the article just reminds that the system without 3G will be cheaper to compete with the Nintendo 3DS.

    PS: excuse me for my bad english, I’m french.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Gama_888

    Hmmmm, not sure weather this is a good or bad thing, if there competing with 3DS pricing then its fucking brilliant imo.

    if its going to have a drastic effect on games, then its bad, but then again this would still put the system on par with X360 & PS3 so is it all that bad??

    and someone said earlier that it will be 256 Mb + 128 of Vram?
    doesn’t sound too bad either

    #8 3 years ago
  9. hikitsune

    According to the article, the changes are not a big deal for the developpers and there will be no impact on the visual quality of the game. It’s because the PowerVR is very effective. We don’t need to worry. :)

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Gama_888

    @9 cheaper price tag and the exact same performance?

    CAN I GET A FUCKING HOORAH? :D

    3DS pricing and Ps3 performance, ok i think this may be a day 1 purchase for me :)

    #10 3 years ago
  11. mojo

    in dev cycle theres often more ram available coz the routines arent quite there.
    When the thing gets finaly backed often less RAM does the trick.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Goffee

    Do you think Sony would seriously risk the success of a KEY device for the sake of a few dollars worth of memory? http://t.co/v5Kiqzl – either it has a good reason to cut it (i.e., it isn’t needed) or this is plain wrong.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Blerk

    They’re never going to put different amounts of RAM in the various versions, if one’s down to 256mb then they’ll all be 256mb.

    More is obviously better, but there’s probably no reason to panic. Probably.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. M. K.

    As much as I don’t like the PSP, I have big hope that NGP is going to be awesome. Please let it be just a rumor :(

    #14 3 years ago
  15. el duderino

    Just sit back,relax and wait for/enjoy E3.Even if it IS 256 mb,there’s nothing we can do.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. 2plus2equals5

    The title isn’ t correct.
    Where did someone officially tell that ngp has 512 mb of ram? Nowhere.
    Where did someone officially tell that ngp has internal storage? Nowhere.
    So isn’t correct to say that “sony slashed” the specs if the specs are only rumours.
    Do you really think it’s realistic that sony changes specs near the launch, with launch games developing close to the end? I don’t think so.

    I was hyped when first rumours said 512, and less ram is always negative, but let’s face the truth, ps3 has 256 ram + 256 vram, ngp will(probably) have 256 ram + 128 vram, With a 5 inch screen and a quarter of the resolution(and probably the quarter of dimensions of textures and polygon less complex) we have the same amount of ram and half of vram. Don’t you think that it is a correct amount of ram and vram?

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Dannybuoy

    With great power comes great responsibility. Sometimes having less power can make responsibility more manageable. Or something like that.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. The Evil Pope

    Sony lol.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Christopher Jack

    Shuhei Yoshida’s responce to this rumour, http://twitter.com/#!/yosp/status/74220711807418368 :”People say, “Do not believe everything you read on the Internet.”"
    Fix the linking VG247 team, this has been going on for a while, certain symbols cause a link break.

    #19 3 years ago

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