NGP 'reconfirmed' for 2011 US launch - Analyst

Lazard Capital Markets' Colin Sebastian expects pricing of Sony's handheld to be unveiled at E3; PSN accounts now stand at 75 million.

This month has seen some confusion about the launch window for Sony's Next Generation Portable. Last week, Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton said that the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan may delay the launch of the upcoming portable. A Sony spokesperson later refuted that claim--but then said the company had always planned to stagger the NGP launch by territory.

Sony is telling analysts that the NGP is definitely coming to the US in 2011.

Now comes word that the NGP will launch in 2011 in North America after all, as had been indicated during the portable's unveiling on January 27. In a note to investors, Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian said that during a recent event, SCEA reps "reconfirmed" that the handheld would be released in the US this year. Previous word of a staggered launch had raised some fears the NGP would follow the PSP and launch in Japan first, followed by a US debut several months later.

Sebastian said he was impressed by how the portable version of Uncharted looked (see below) and praised the handheld's 5-inch display and "cutting-edge" GPU and CPU. However, he still has some reservations about the device. First and foremost, he is concerned a high price may put off many potential purchasers. Second, he is worried the device will have a dearth of nongaming applications, which will make it less attractive than a smartphone with gaming applications. Finally, he worries the faster release cycles of smartphones may make the NGP--and the 3DS--look dated, just as they did the PSP.

Sebastian also provided some other tidbits of information from the Sony analyst event. First, he said that there are now 75 million PlayStation Network accounts, up from 60 million in January. Over half those accounts are in North America, with some 1.4 billion pieces of content having been downloaded from the PSN as a whole since it went online in 2006.

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216 comments
chyng85
chyng85

NGP = PSP2?? Gotta check it out~!

tmaclabi
tmaclabi

Looks like this is gonna be great! :D

-DaNuTz-
-DaNuTz-

now that's something I won't spend my money on it

surppo
surppo

i hope they let u use it as a controller for the ps3. it would be cool if u3 let you you use it for co op

Infinite_Access
Infinite_Access

People might complain about the price but remember you get what you pay for.

Blaketoberfest
Blaketoberfest

Hopefully the final name is somewhat enthusiastic. Simply naming it "PSP 2" would be generic.

gespenst3
gespenst3

NGP(Not Generally Popular) :P , let's just hope NGP e the project's name.

48zebras
48zebras

@beileveit I know! Playing Jak 3 on the NGP would be heaven. Not to mention the Ratchet games as well . . .

dedbrains80
dedbrains80

Sucker is powerful!!! I'll buy for $300, the first psp have great titles so I know this one won't disappoint.

hondustar37
hondustar37

First day buy only if I can get that with 2 games for under 500

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

Please release the NGP in simultaneous launch through all terretries and and leave the eu second again and give the ngp a resonable price through this financial crises

Franzkill
Franzkill

What do these analysts get payed for again? Oh thats right...STATING THE BLEEDING OBVIOUS!

brookyskuki
brookyskuki

"Now there is an enemy ... bye-bye" hahaha!

anachin13
anachin13

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bigcrusha
bigcrusha

let me see the launch line up and the final price point, if either fails, this gen will be another repeat of the last one

JtAgentX
JtAgentX

Like I mentioned before, the NGP will temporarily outsell the Nintendo 3DS, just like the PSP did with the original DS. I am really hoping Sony has a plan to continue launching solid yearly lineups of third party and first party software. I am really looking into getting this. Downloadable apps, a touchscreen, 3G internet access, double cameras, Playstation 3 graphics, this will be one hell of a handheld. Personally, I like what Nintendo is doing with the 3DS, but the overall presentation of it appears too, childish in my opinion.

calvinsora
calvinsora

Why are people afraid of Smartphones from a marketing standpoint? Last time I checked, handheld game consoles dedicated towards the medium outshine phones every time in terms of control and a relation between hardware and software from the get-go.

anthonycg
anthonycg

NGP is a crappy name. Sony Blade FTW.

majindustin
majindustin

If Sony really wanted to blow Nintendo out of the water they'd sell it for $199

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

hmm smartphones and portable devices are in two difference categories though and aimed at two different target audiences... I think there will be no real impact, you'll either have one or the other, or both and just not think about it.

beileveit
beileveit

i don't care about all that other stuff if the NGP can play ps2 games, i don't care how much it cost im buying it.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I hate when analysts say phones make handhelds look dated.They don't.They make them look like the smart choice for GAMING.If I have a game console,I don't want to have to get a new one twice a year.Seriously if you used phones to game,to stay with it you'd have to get a new phone every six months.Whiles portables may release reiterations that have some improvements,the original hardware still plays the games. @ corri2k2 Amen.

corri2k2
corri2k2

IPhones and Smartphones suck for gaming. Even if the graphics get better though time its a lot expensive and the game controlls are just horrible

corri2k2
corri2k2

F******* Iphones and smartphones, those are no gaming platforms and would never feel the same as a TRUE portable device! Ill stick with Nintendo and Sony forever.

AceCometh
AceCometh

Tretton is a total jerk and I never take stock in anything he says. Before the PS3 had even been released, he said it didn't matter what the Sony faithfull wanted to play on their next gen console because (and I quote) "We know more about what they want to play than they do." ....I lost all respect for that man after reading that article.

AceCometh
AceCometh

Still no word on what actual cost will be. Then again, I might have missed that part. I'll wait until it's release....... then decide.

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

Can't wait, maybe they will have some crazy Black Friday deal this year for the NGP lol or Cyber Monday! That would be too good to be true though.

Kaffikjelen
Kaffikjelen

Hopefully this means the NGP won't be released long after in Europe. And screw smartphones--you can never settle down for more than a couple of days before a new and better one arrives. Handheld consoles FTW.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@Draxargh you can do that with the psp go you can hook it up yo your tv and use the DS3 and if you have the psp go cradle you can charge it while it hooked up to the TV has long has you have the charging cable of the older psp models

Draxargh
Draxargh

and I apologise for that gay last line. Definately put on the drama on that one. @zidan4000 With all the bells and whistles, I forgot about that little part of blutooth. I still dont think I'd use it as a phone primarily and hold onto my Droid, though. For some reason I have bad luck with blutooth earbuds though and would probably just use my cell phone over it, regardless of it's options. I'm sure its battery life, especially + gaming wouldnt make it a viable cell phone replacement. Thing you can hook the thing up to your TV and use a DS3 connected via blutooth to control it's games? I dont know why you would, but just wondering.

Draxargh
Draxargh

@Sigil-otaku It's not that I'm disillusioned, I think the word would be more dissapointed. The device is by no means a bad device, I'm having a blast with it, allbeit with an old DS title more so than any of the launch games I got (SF4 and Ridge Racer, both of which I've played about 3 times) - although I have put about 30 hours or so into Dragon Quest IV. It's not that the 3DS ONLY has kids games, but if round 1 and 2 of the titles are any indication of the future, it doesn't really sing the tune that I really want. Honestly, I purchased it for two games primarily, and if, during my stint with the 3DS a new Mario game (read: not "New" Mario Brothers) comes out that really capitalizes on the device's abilities, then I may have it even longer... but the games I bought it for, honestly, are the OoT remake and Metal Gear Solid 3DS, which I pray isnt just a 3D gimmick. I caved for the OoT remake as it is also a reimagining and will be the definitive version as I've missed it in the past. For every RE, Metriod, Zelda, you do have a plethora of E for Everyone but appeals to younger gamers, and that's not a bad thing, it just doesn't fall in line what I want. There aren't many games in the lineup at all that appeal to me from the 3DS. I also find the lack of an original Mario title at the outset to be very dissapointing, but the overall game killer for me, and I should have considered this at purchase (although it wouldn't have changed my plan) is that it lacks a second thumb stub- it actually suffers the same design flaw as Sony's first attempt into the handheld foray! And, it doesn't offer anything to make up for it. The stylus aiming does not make up for it, and as I learned from Black Ops, I can't play that kind of title aiming with a pen, it cramps my hand- so, if they go into Metroid as an FPS and not the original design, it won't be something I'll be getting. As for my comment on for every RE you have a dozen or so "kid" titles, I do understand that for every Peace Walker there is a dozen or so shovelware titles on the PSP, so, in the end it's really about exclusives, and that's where Sony is the moon in a sky full of stars.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@Draxargh I agree with almost all your points up until the point where you seem disillusioned that the 3DS being marketed for children means it only appeals to children (or at least it seems to dodge your interests), because I question what games you want. For me Uncharted is matched by Resident evil (2 games as well), Killzone by Metroid and LBP by Mario. The third one is the only one I can draw away and say I'd prefer the Sony offering whereas with the other 2 I'd say Nintendo's titles seem more mature unless killzones frequent swearing is mature? Then I don't doubt NGP will get support from good titles like God of war so that's a plus but where is the 3DS stepping wrong? I hardly see a wealth of fighting games, Resident evil, Zelda, Metroid etc. to be childish and if your giving it up within a year then I don't see why you bought one. Where is the limitless fun coming from when 3DS has these hardcore titles too? Unless your a massive Sony fan then I don't see it.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Well I'm saving for one regardless. I have a 3DS and it's ok but the wife and kids are using it more than me - the NGP will be MINE though :lol: I don't get the comparisons between NGP/3DS and Smartphones. Even the new "playstation phone" doesn't have anything near the gaming capability of these dedicated devices. I have an iPhone and ditto. I use my phone for well phone calls/emails and diary management with the odd app to kill 5 mins here and there and a PSP ( soon to be NGP ) and a DSi/3DS for anything longer!

zaiwen
zaiwen

$300 or less, if it launches more than this, i'll just wait for NGP Slim

zidan4000
zidan4000

@Draxargh why would you stick it beside your face? i thought that it supports bluetooth which allows to use a bluetooth headset

Draxargh
Draxargh

@FendersONLY Sony will go after you if you spill the beans because we all know your dead serious and honest. If a Sony exec sees your post on Gamespot, they will hunt down you and your family strictly off your Gamespot handle and go Kratos on you, won't they?

Draxargh
Draxargh

@smithboy1177 My mistake, bad wording, I meant the relivence of your post to the actual article at hand. And, as an owner of a 3DS, I still don't understand why people are all up in arms about what he said. I have both a PSP, a 3DS, as well as a PS3 and I used to have a Wii- which I ended up giving to my niece who finds much more joy from the device than I do. Both Wii and DS's library are geared towards a much younger demographic, and as such, he wasnt completely wrong. I also feel he's pretty accurate about the shelf life of technology, a stronger device at launch means it can sustain longer as long as it recieves proper support. Look at PS2, it's still selling in Latin America, and it is about the same strength technologically as the Wii. I'd anticipate the same with the PS3. The PS3 was developed to last a long time, just as the NGP is. Nintendo and Sony just have different philosophies, and they both work, just in different ways. Nintendo sprints while Sony trains for the marathon. Build it cheap, sell it cheap, and have a short shelf life is Nintendo's bravado. Build it expensive, sell it expensive, but a longer shelf life is where Sony is at... but you definately get what you pay for. And yes, I admit to the 3DS, and although I bought it, I'm not sold on it. I'm just in it for Ocarina of Time which I missed out on and Metal Gear 3D. After that I'm bringing it to Gamestop to pick up the NGP, or perhaps giving it to a child who will find limitless more fun than I will find with the 3DS when I shift over to the NGP.

Flint247
Flint247

I hope the price will be reasonable.

smithboy1177
smithboy1177

@Draxargh I thought it was pretty clear. "Tretton is an idiot." I guess my definition of an idiot is "someone who is stupid." He speaks both poorly and inaccurately about the competition (all of who have superior sales) and he chooses to alienate consumers who support products of multiple companies: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6307549.html?tag=result%3Btitle%3B0

bringingaknife
bringingaknife

@atopp399 "Smartphones also cost $600 if you don't lock yourself into a 2 year contract then you are paying $80+ a month after that." A Valid point. I personally don't use my cell phone for much more than calling/texting/email, so personally would rather pay for the NGP and get a cheaper phone and monthly plan, than pay for a more expensive smart phone with a larger monthly plan. However, i also value a more robust gameplay experience than i think most smart phones will be able to provide. e.g. I think i will prefer playing an fps with two analog sticks on the NGP over a touchscreen phone.

scar-hawk
scar-hawk

The quicker it releases the earlier it's price will drop. I wouldn't pay more than $249 for it though.

PS3gamer890
PS3gamer890

All i want to know is how much it costs

FendersONLY
FendersONLY

I know the price of it I'm so getting one. But for certain reasons of not wanting to piss anybody at Sony off, I ain't saying.

Hekynn
Hekynn

Awsome!!! If its under $350 then I'm getting one!! =D

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

I actually want this system please Sony be under $300

Draxargh
Draxargh

Nothing says grown-ass man like Nintendog's & Cats 3D