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The People Speak: NGPipe Dreams

Posted on Saturday, February 12 @ 15:25:08 Eastern by

Sony surprised no one with their NGP announcement. NGP? What the hell is that?

Sony officially named the successor to the PSP the Next Generation Portable, confusing everyone. Wasn't it supposed to be called the PSP2?

Green_Lantern believes "The PSP2 sounds cooler."

No doubt. I kind of agree with Squiggy on this one: "I'm not really stoked about the NGP/PSP2. From what I can tell, they're going for the same strategy that they did for the first PSP that, while it carried the system successfully enough to stay relevant, never did overtake the DS."

Rinnon is also down on the NGP saying that "I'm not really in the least excited about it. I'll buy one when a game I can't live without releases for it, or not at all. There weren't any games on the current PSP that I felt I couldn't have missed, so I kind of doubt NGP will be much different."

LinksOcarina: "I really feel this system will fail for the same reasons the PSP failed."

Eyebrowsbv31: "It doesn't have Pokemon! Can't have a handheld without Pokemon!"

Bretimus_v2: "I can see myself buying the PS Phone more than a handheld."

Wow! Is everyone down on the NGP? No one buying? Luckily, De-Ting is in Sony's corner writing:

"Firstly, the cost. Yes, this will be an expensive piece of hardware. I expect it to be priced at $300, but I also wouldn't be surprised if they were generous enough to sell it for $250. I'm being optimistic, I know. There is a lot of technology in this little handheld, but the market of apps and games available for it will most definitely encourage Sony to make it a possibility for a lot of people.

"Next, games. I don't know what new, crazy thing will be all the rage when this is released, but I can tell you I'm hoping to see LocoRoco and Patapon make their return. And with Sixaxis being a component, and the addition of dual analog sticks, I have high expectancy that the game library for the NGP will just explode before long.

"3G goes hand-in-hand with the PS Suite feature. People will want to be able to connect to the internet wherever they go, instead of having to sit in designated Wi-Fi areas. Not to mention how easy it will be to play online multiplayer. What Sony has done here is given new breath the the handheld platform. The whole idea behind it is to be able to take a game with you while you're on the go, and with 3G connection accompanying you, there's so much more you can do.

"Let's look at the big picture inside this little package, people. It's built like a controller, except that controller has a screen, 3G connection, HD graphics, touch sensors, and access to the Android library of apps. This could become many people's center of attention.

"The world of entertainment... in your pocket. Thank you."

Sony says you're welcome, De-Ting. They're happy to know that you remain enthusiastic as ever.

Thanks to everyone who spoke this week. If you want to be featured in The People Speak (which runs on Saturdays), you can register and hop into our forums. Find yourself on the front page after participating in this week's discussion: "This week saw the end of the Guitar Hero franchise... at least for the time being. Until the reanimated ghost of Judy Nails or Johnny Napalm shows up on the gaming scene again, let's reminisce.

"Maybe you don't know what I'm talking about? Watch this:


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