Two NGP models in the works - Report

SCEE head Andrew House says the handheld will come in 3G-enabled and Wi-Fi-only varieties in Europe; US plans unknown.

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At its media presentation earlier this week, Sony gave the impression there would be a single model of its Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP). That model would have the option of using a 3G wireless connection, as well as Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet and play games, amongst other functions.

Not all versions of the NGP will have 3G, apparently.

Now, however, it appears that the all-3G NGP plan may just be for Japan. Speaking with Eurogamer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe head Andrew House said that, in Europe at least, the new handheld will come in two models--one with 3G, and one without.

"The first thing to clarify, which I'm not sure the presentation did a perfect job of doing today, is that all of the devices will have Wi-Fi capability; a separate SKU will have 3G," House told the site. "So the user gets a choice. Wi-Fi is available wherever, which clearly is the most important aspect of connectivity and that connected experience; 3G will be a subset of that."

According to Eurogamer, Sony is currently "working hard" on 3G partnerships with local wireless carriers in Europe. In Japan, Sony has an exclusive contract with NTT DoCoMo to provide 3G service. As of press time, Sony Computer Entertainment America had not responded to inquires about whether there will be two NGP models in North America.

For more information, check out GameSpot's complete NGP coverage and NGP FAQ.

Discussion

207 comments
dinslacck
dinslacck

i want that 3G features, it allows me to kick some ass online while waiting for bus.. :)

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

@ZombiePhoenix72 yup. ^_^ this is AWESOME!!! i can't wait! xD

ZombiePhoenix72
ZombiePhoenix72

As long as I can connect to my own wireless internet, I'm fine though it would be nice to have the 3G or whatever but it's unlikely where I live. By the way. If it doesn't have the 3G, I can still get onto my wireless internet right?

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

As a future 3DS gamer, if Nintendo made a 3G version of the 3DS, which I fully expect in a remodel, I would totally get the 3G-less one. If it's a monthly fee than that would just be abysmal, but even at a one time extra cost I couldn't justify it. 3G isn't all that fast, so I wouldnt play or download games with it, and I dont really plan on using a handheld system to do much online surfing. 3G is okay for a phone, but not for a dedicated gaming machine. I just wonder who is the 3G really for? Or is it just a cool talking point and a possible constant source of income from monthly fees?

KuRf
KuRf

@Skakruk I actually work in the U.K at the moment. But will transfer to Malaysia in 2 days time. Thus that's why if I am Sony I will go and sell it not for profit but to break and monopolise the market. Unfortunately we live in a world where every big corporation look to either the states first or the land of rising sun. I agree, it is a shame that many broad market get left behind by not just Sony, but aswell as every other major corporation (i.e Apple, Microsoft and such). And they all complaining about piracy when the price is 1 to 1 basis instead of a more flexible pricing according to the country or region.

muzza93
muzza93

@Freethinker101 I totally agree with the mental pricing on PS3 games for download, theres InFamous on there for more than double the cost of a new copy of InFamous in the shop, downloading should be cheaper right? Cos theres no disc costs, so you pay double and use up ur monthly downloads and free memory space to save a trip to the shops? You could walk to the shops and buy the game 50% cheaper faster than the game takes to download anyway lol.

Freethinker101
Freethinker101

I understand all the concerns, but in the UK the Amazon Kindle with free 3g is £20/30 more than the wifi model. Maybe Amazon is taking the hit as the you would only use it to download books/audio from them and they can factor that in to their pricing. My main concern is software and prices, some of the prices asked for on PSN for PSP and PS3 games is truly ludicrous, when your local game store is selling them at half the price and I'm not even talking trade in copies. If Sony want me to buy from them on a download basis, they seriously need to look at being competitive.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Yes, I was concerned about how Sony was going to offer 3G over here int UK; what with all our competing network providers. Personally, I think I would prefer 3G because wifi is pretty crappy over here. Not that 3G is much better either. I hate the UK sometimes. We are so technologically behind at times!

ZombiePhoenix72
ZombiePhoenix72

As long as I can connect to my own wireless internet, I'm fine though it would be nice to have the 3G or whatever but it's unlikely where I live. By the way. If it doesn't have the 3G, I can still get onto my wireless internet right?

TheTenth10
TheTenth10

Wifi is wherever??? I live in the 6th biggest French town and "free" Wifi is in maybe 15% of the town ... some public places like Town hall, big malls have it but most places don't so the PSP2 won't be "connected to the world" most of the time ; of course in the USA or Japan that may be better (far from 100% for sure)

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

This plan just doesn't make much sense, from a U.S. gamers' point of view. Unless they plan on making the 3G version only available from service providers, expect a flood of people to "claim" they bought the wrong version and got screwed. Especially if there is a difference in price, which Sony has failed to give us for now.

PointlessFool
PointlessFool

@JtAgentX Way to make up a price...more likely its 199.99 for the 3G version w/ a 2 year plan and 249.99 for the vanilla, games only version, would put it right in line with the cost of materials, the 3DS' price, the iPhone's price, and the price of electronics in that range in general. Sony would be insane to sell it for more than 300, and 249.99 is ideal for them.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

I'm probably going to get the wifi only version.

JtAgentX
JtAgentX

Nintendo DS: 149.99 at launch Sony PSP: 249.99 at launch Nintendo 3DS: 249.99 at launch Sony NGP: 349.99...... notice the pattern..??

Sigh_han
Sigh_han

I don't see this as a bad thing, it's good to have options. I hope the wi-fi version is slightly cheaper :P

manslayer2010
manslayer2010

I'm happy that 3G isn't going to be a mandatory feature because I don't want to end up paying 300-400 dollars for this thing (IDK if they've disclosed prices already but I think that is where the original PSP started and the go was 250) and then end up having to pay for a monthly data plan. If it was free with the system that'd be cool but I find that incredibly unlikely.

mf1986
mf1986

I think this is fair, in Australia 3G sucks and expensive, so i wont use it, and im glad im not paying for something i wont use, im sure the 3G less version will be cheaper just like iPad.

megakick
megakick

sony really likes to saturate the market with their goods but does it pay off?

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

2 Different Models is pretty good. Nothing wrong with choice I guess. Besides in no way should people be confused. Something called research, so I'm sure Sony will be fine.

zMd113
zMd113

I just watched the whole PlayStation Meeting 2011 conference on YouTube and I must say I'm super impressed!

supdotcom
supdotcom

it wud be cool if they had a 3g plan like the kindle where 3g is free, tho stuff like downloading games might consume a lot of bandwidth, so maybe if sony could do it for basic functions.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@dragdar 3G is a wireless network used by cell phone carriers. Meaning, you'll have to sign up for service with a provider, like AT&T and Verizon. This begs the question: will Sony allow this system to be used with any 3G provider? Or will their be an exclusivity deal with one of them? @Toysoldier34 Yes, there will be a subscription fee.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

I'm quite happy with Wifi thanks I have 3G on my iPhone4 and it's alright for browsing websites but I'd never consider it for gaming or downloading over 10mg while this could just be an issue with english 3G (which could be highly possible since we get screwed on stiff like this a lot) ofc if one of these versions turns out to be the psphone weve heard so much about id drop my iPhone for it easily sure 3G is crappy but I'd rather be able to god of war and angry birds on the move and browse the net then settle for just angry birds and the net

Murj
Murj

Kinda disappointing but it makes sense.

Dragdar
Dragdar

what kind of connection is G3? What does ti require compared to Wi-fi?

daabulls23
daabulls23

$250 Wi-fi only $300 w/ 3g would be awesome!!

Djmaster214
Djmaster214

i use my iphone for 3g il be getting the cheaper model

Stryder_18
Stryder_18

I just saw some of the footage of the NGP with the Uncharted game and needless to say I am no longer preordering a 3DS. The NGP just looks so amazing!

hdi67
hdi67

Considering the thing is gonna cost a sh*tload in the first place, I'm just gonna go with whatever's cheaper.

Iloveconnie
Iloveconnie

3g, 4g, its just a name, it doesnt mean anything.

Masenkoe
Masenkoe

@jockie_chan NGP isn't a permanent name. Just like Kinect didn't stay Natal.

DarkBuhamut
DarkBuhamut

@SkidRow18 I couldn't agree more. Ill probably play the PSone classics more than the actual NGP games

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@TKandPBC There is no such thing as 4G. Phone companies advertise that they have 4G, but by the true definition no company offers anything close to what 4G really is. Don't buy into their ads. I don't remember all of the specifics, but there is an organization that holds all the standards and by their definition no one currently or even very soon will offer true 4G. They said that to be 4G the speeds would be faster than what the internet speeds in our homes.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

So do you pay a subscription for the 3G? Does it have phone functions to make better use of the 3G? I think 1 model is best, at least for a launch.

iSAIGONi
iSAIGONi

I can manage without 3G.

Kid2812
Kid2812

@anwar1998 thnx man, the regoin lock was the only reason why i did not pre-order the 3DS

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

i am not into handheld gaming but this really make me want to buy a NGP

anwar1998
anwar1998

@Kid2812: all Sony consoles do not have a region lock,only Nintendo and Microsoft consoles do

kabalzer0
kabalzer0

ill get the WiFi version, cuz i dont need 3G and it will be cheaper :D

soulless4now
soulless4now

I'll go with whatever option that cost less.

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

I'll stick with a wi-fi only version. I already pay enough for my data on my cell phone I don't need that in a handheld system

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

The 3G version could probably cost less. Or at least that's how it works with laptops. Otherwise I don't see why getting the 3G enabled version will have a monthly fee.

BladedNuiasnce
BladedNuiasnce

@ dukerav You dont pay sony for 3g, sony doesnt provide ANY networks.. you would just connect the psp2 to your current provider (verizon apperently) exactly the same way your phone is connected to it!!

Dagger2011
Dagger2011

I am pretty sure you will only pay to have the ability to connect to a 3G network, and not have to pay a monthly fee. The Amazon Kindle does it, why not this?

ryuu-drako
ryuu-drako

geez. picky are we? all of you ask for two thumb sticks and now you wan trigger buttons? you should just be glad you got anything new. they couldve just as well added 3g to the psp 3000 and left it at that.