Note: Before any declare me a *insert something here* fanboy, allow me to clarify. Yes I am a Nintendo guy. I do however branch out and buy other systems from different corporations to get the best experience possible as a gamer (My sigs are current and a testament to that).
On to the topic:
After watching the Sony NGP conference (as I have dubbed it), I must say I am impressed at the lengths of improvements they made over the original PSP announcement years ago.
~ Better user interface
~ Better proprietary format
~ Better Online implementation
~ "Second Analog Stick"
~ Front touch Screen
~ "PS3 like graphics"
Note: I put at least two in quotations. Despite all the other aforementioned improvements, these two are the most touted by Sony fans. With cries like "With this, the 3DS is dead!" (or somewhere along those lines), I can't help but feel a deja vu moment where the sony fans of yesteryear said the exact same thing when the DS was introduced....yet it rose to become the gameboy of our generation....
I am not touting the 3DS over the NGP at all. I won't out of due respect that I admire the NGP's improvements over the PSP (which addressed all the complaints I had with it (even though I still own it). Forgive me, however, for being skeptical when I feel reality hit me harder than a ton of bricks:
1. While the NGP is backwards compatible with PSP games, it only is backwards compatible with DOWNLOADABLE PSP titles. I own many local and international UMD games, many of which are not on the PSN network. This alone hinders my consideration for buying an NGP.
2. Another thing that irks me is the fact that some features I saw on the NGP were absolutely unnecessary....The back trackpad and the two quoted good points on the NGP. If the machine has a front touch screen, there is absolutely no need for a back one. As for the other two, I deem a second analog stick a more worthy feature than "PS3 like graphics" because it improves all the problems I had when enjoying complex PSP games. It also, however, also serves with the "PS3 like graphics" as a catalyst for the next reason stated.
3. The point of a handheld is portability. It is to pick up and play ON THE GO. Graphics should not be a high priority at all when it comes to a handheld. And even though the NGP is shooting for a 4-6 hour battery life (which is good to me since the original PSP was 2-6), a second stroke of reality hit me. The reason why I do not play my PSP as much is because it gave me the "console on the go with a limited amount of play time" feeling. Which means that games I can play on the NGP, I can play on the PS3 that I own as long as I want. Hell that's why I even play Monster Hunter Tri over Monster Hunter PSP iterations.
And finally the stark reality:
The last time I checked, Apple and Android control the mobile entertainment market with apps, music, phone, and the like. Nintendo dominates the game specific genre, and so far this situation doesn't seem to change. I know Sony released the NGP to attack all markets simultaneously. This is either a very strategic front, or a suicide mission destined to fail, and truly consumers are the be all and end all of said fate.
After the conference ended, so to did my deja vu of the PSP announcement era. I felt the conference was rushed since it was trying to steal thunder from the recent 3DS announcement. It would have done well too, except there mostly tech demos showing the possibilities of what the NGP can do. This left a "me too" feeling and usually that is never a good thing, especially when I have high expectations from both Sony and Nintendo alike.
Does anyone else feel the same way? Did anyone else experience this deja vu?