NGP launch unaffected by quake after all

Sony spokesperson tells Wall Street Journal that earlier report was "wrong"--and that a region-staggered launch was always in the cards.

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Earlier this week, those awaiting the launch of Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) received some bad news. Speaking to the Bloomberg news service, Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton said supply-chain disruptions caused by Japan's tragic earthquake and tsunami might delay the handheld's launch in certain territories.

The NGP won't be delayed by the tragic events in Japan, says Sony.

Now, Sony is backtracking from Tretton's comments. The Dow Jones news service (via the Wall Street Journal) quotes a corporate spokesperson as saying that the massive disasters--and subsequent nuclear crisis--won't affect Sony's original launch scheme for the NGP.

"So far we see no impact from the quake on our launch plan," said the spokesperson, before adding the caveat that the company was continuing to monitor the situation. He flatly called the Bloomberg report "wrong."

That said, the Sony spokesperson confirmed that the NGP might not make it to all territories this year after all. He told Dow Jones that when Sony unveiled the NGP at a gala event in Tokyo on January 27, it never said the handheld would launch in Japan, North America, and Europe at once. He said the current plan is to launch the NGP in stages starting at the end of this year. Sony's last handheld, the PSP, launched in Japan in late 2004 before debuting in the US in March 2005 and in Europe in September 2005.

Discussion

111 comments
DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

"Now, Sony is backtracking from Tretton's comments." -A wise business practice in general.

kothos
kothos

I really wish Sony would have put the thumb sticks, at least the left one, up where the D-Pad is. It was so uncomfortable on the original PSP that way... got thumb cramps all the time. At least Nintendo did the right thing with the 3DS by putting the thumb stick up top. Still, I think I'm going to pass on the 3DS and grab a NGP when it comes out :)

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@gam3r2011 I agree that better hardware doesn't mean better software (look at the original Xbox compared to PS2). The NGP us better positioned to get more developers on board and invoke more innovative games. If the device is priced to compete and the developers can flesh out a good software catalog early on, the device could do well. I don't think the NGP will outsell the 3DS, but the NGP could do better against the 3DS than the PSP did against the DS. Sony needs to play their cards right.

jw03
jw03

I have Patapon 3 for PSP Right Now! I got it from an editor at IGN to help with the review, they needed a few people to play online with. IT comes out in few days... i typed a blog about it on my profile, way better than 1-2!

MagicLink95
MagicLink95

I have a 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360, GBA, and PSP. Do I really need this? Of course I do. I was going to get a PS3 for LBP, Killzone, and all those things, but now I think I'll just get an NGP. However, when the PS4 comes around, I'll be sure to get it also.

illage2
illage2

@Sigil-otaku I suppose you're right. Personally I think it might be better than the 3DS from a Graphics and Hardware standpoint.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

I foresee a release line up that should be good but probably wont be. I'd love if it I could get an NGP with some PS1 classics already on it. Crash Bandicoot, Wipeout, Rollcage, Tekken 2 / 3, Crash Team Racing, FF VII...or announce FF VIII will have a sequel or prequel and I will pre order one now... just give me a sign Sony... Give me a sign...

boctober
boctober

@Chaceace100 Not sure what you are reading, but this was my entire comment: This is good news indeed. Especially since the 3DS is having such a slow start in the US right now. I have been to many stores and there are plenty of 3DS units on the shelves. The mediocre launch games do not help it much neither. In the end, Sony will have a better game selection for the NGP. One thing the PSP did right was release some of the best RPG titles I have ever played. Still looking forward to playing the Final Fantasy 4 Collection in a couple of weeks. Now, I said there were plenty of 3DS systems on the shelf. Look pal, go find someone else to screw with or just get some reading glasses. If you have a 3DS, stick it!

Spahettificator
Spahettificator

Good, I was worried the Strog were trying to disrupt my buying schedule :P

mtait01
mtait01

i don't really play handheld games too often, my psp has served me well and with so many games that I still haven't played, I will just wait til the NGP gets a price drop.

ali_yusuf7
ali_yusuf7

Its gonna be a legendary gaming device........i can just smell it.......

gam3r2011
gam3r2011

@Hvac0120 just cuz the device is better doesnt mean the games are better

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

It will be disappointing if the NGP doesn't sell more than the PSP. I think Sony has really gone the extra mile to make a much better portable gaming device than Nintendo did with the 3DS.

HardWired94
HardWired94

i really hope they change that awful UI nice typo in the video subtitle too

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

I hate phased roll outs and am really looking forward to the NGP!! :D

mzz189
mzz189

I am an Xbox person.. But I might have to get one of these =)

quinnd6
quinnd6

@phoenix729 I'm afraid that just isn't the case with regards hardware prices being cut globally by Sony. PSP is still 169 euros in Europe whereas it was cut to $130 in US. Sony like to screw Europe every way they can.

blackace
blackace

@Mickleohb I hope Sony launches the NGP in NA this holiday season. You know they want to take advantage of all those extra Christmas sales! ********************************************************* If they get anymore quakes, they will be lucky to release it Japan this year.

Johny_47
Johny_47

Mother Nature really isn't liking Japan right now, I know they'll recover, their the most advanced nation ever. Good luck to you all, don't really care if the NGP is delayed or not.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@TribesV I thought MGS4 was 1080p but must have been mistaken. I'll agree then the resolution isn't as low as I thought it was. I still think the NGP won't produce quite what people are expecting but that depends on person by person expectations I suppose (mainly just not producing PS3 quality stuff) but then again 3DS looks quite good (the resident evil titles) so NGP may attain handheld counterparts that actually match the console ones. Storage is surely going to be an issue though on something like MGS4 where they needed to install the game and have it fill an entire blue ray.

TribesV
TribesV

Whether or not the NGP would have been delayed wont affect me because i usually wait for slim/improved version, but i'll get to play my buddies when he gets his so this is good news.

TribesV
TribesV

@Sigil-otaku The NGP runs at a resolution of 960 x 544 and MGS4 is rendered at 1024x768 on the PS3 so it won't be running at a "drastically reduced resolution", but the game would use lower res textures even at the reduced res.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I'm excited for the NGPs arrival. Uncharted is looking rad, and the augmented reality games are looking pretty tight.

HonoredShadow
HonoredShadow

They are just having ANOTHER quake. This one is up north and 7.1. Feel so sorry for them all. :(

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@illage2 It can't run MGS4 same as a PS3 because it's not as powerful as a PS3 but it can look almost as good but bear in mind that's with a drastically reduced resolution (e.g. not HD) which is normal for handhelds at least and on a small screen it doesn't matter as much. I've read about that and can't find the source of my info (was on kotaku but can't find it) but basically it was able to transfer some textures but it's not going to be able to port in all of MGS4 as it's a handheld, storage wise alone they have nothing compared to blue ray so it just wouldn't work having the same amount of textures, gameplay etc. NGP can have good graphics though and that was just within a few weeks and not a long time porting process. Good news NGP wasn't delayed though.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

I love the XM radio features on the PSP. I really hope these features get carried over to this newer hand held unit that Sony is producing. So much entertainment value with the PSP.

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

I hope Sony launches the NGP in NA this holiday season. You know they want to take advantage of all those extra Christmas sales!

M3ran
M3ran

@Fantasy_Dragon you didnt get my point,i didt say it properly,i ment to say why in the world would they change such thing in such a way,that was i ment to say,thinking is for you to do

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Well that is good news that NGP is not delayed. So the usual launch in stages. Japan, U.S.A, Europe, Austrailia etc.

atopp399
atopp399

I am also rather surprised there is an OLED in there. I wonder how much that adds to the cost vs an LCD. I thought Samsung was making is difficult for other companies to use them lately due to availability. At least that seems to be the case in the smart phone world.

atopp399
atopp399

I hate staggered launches.

Lord_Sesshy
Lord_Sesshy

Also if they took out the touch pad it would (maybe) make the NGP cheaper, just saying...

Lord_Sesshy
Lord_Sesshy

Not to fond of the touch pad on the back, I think it's just a waste of batter power.

Lord_Sesshy
Lord_Sesshy

@NColdhardt From what I have heard OLED's use about half the power that LED's do so that alone should increase the battery life

SPBoss
SPBoss

I wonder what handhelds there will be in 5 years, imagine portable devices with more power than a ps3..its just unbelievable how quick technology advances. Quad-core chips are already in handhelds.. with 1gb of ram. Thats already way more power than a pc from 2000

giedrius1001
giedrius1001

@illage2 their rendered mgs 4 cut scene not gamenplay transfer, ngp is a little bit more powerful than xbox 1, and its quite impressive anyway, cause xbox 1 has some very nice graphics, like farcry, doom 3, riddick and so on, with new developer technologies they will really gonna make so superb graphics

illage2
illage2

I can't wait to get my hands on the NGP. From what I have heard they managed to get MGS4 working fully 100% legitimate on one of these.

SPBoss
SPBoss

honestly guys don't buy on release.. just wait for a few more games to come out, improved firmware with more features. you may even be lucky enough to get a revised edition with minor hardware improvements. I never buy on release, its just not worth it.

phoenix729
phoenix729

@quinnd6 Europe will get this in 2012, no earlier then march i reckon. Which sucks. Still, they usually cut hardware prices at the same time globally so people will actually be able to afford one all at the same time!

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

Please, for the love of god, work on its battery life!

snake63
snake63

Please Sony have more than one descent game at launch? Don't make the same mistake as the 3DS where the only great game was Super Street Fighter 4.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

thats awesome. hope japan gets better, though!

shin_kagato
shin_kagato

So with a portable Wii and a portable PS3 i can now give up playing the consoles attached to my TV? Happy to see this coming out but if its as good as its supposed to be im willing to wait for as long as it takes.

quinnd6
quinnd6

So that basically means Europe will get it last again.