Sony NGP may be delayed by Japan disasters

Sony has been preparing its Next Generation Portable for a head-to-head battle with the recently-released Nintendo 3DS, but the earthquake and tsunami in Japan maybe forcing a change of plans.

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Sony has been preparing its Next Generation Portable for a head-to-head battle with the recently-released Nintendo 3DS, but the earthquake and tsunami in Japan maybe forcing a change of plans.

"It may be the straw that says 'maybe we get to just one market by the end of the year,'" SCEA president Jack Tretton told Bloomberg. Citing production problems, Tretton suggests the portable may only launch in one of the three territories (Asia, Europe, or the U.S.) this holiday season, and save the other two for 2012.

The earthquake and tsunami has forced Sony to halt production at several factories in northern Japan. Some factories that are still in operation are having difficulty with component suppliers that also felt the effects of the disasters.

Tretton says that the delay may give developers more time to complete their software, which would build a stronger launch library. Analysts agree that this might help in unexpected ways. "Third parties carry more weight for the Sony platform and are going to need more time for development, so the medium-term view is more important for NGP than how it gets out of the starting block," said MF Global FXA Securities analyst Jay Defibaugh.

On the other hand, it puts the system at a disadvantage in the race with the 3DS, which will have even more time to establish an install base. "It raises the bar on the competitive issues that Sony is going to have to hurdle," said Edward Woo of Wedbush Securities. "As it is now, it's already going to be almost eight months behind Nintendo, and a delay could push that to a year."

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    April 5, 2011 7:45 AM

    Comment on Sony NGP may be delayed by Japan disasters, by Steve Watts.

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      April 5, 2011 7:51 AM

      that's too bad, it's going to be a big mistake if they can't get this out for xmas.

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      April 5, 2011 7:54 AM

      Summary: Sony has been preparing its Next Generation Portable for a head-to-head battle with the recently-released Nintendo 3DS, but the earthquake and tsunami in Japan maybe forcing a change of plans.

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      April 5, 2011 7:59 AM

      Whoa. NGP stands for NeoGeo Pocket too.

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        April 5, 2011 10:34 AM

        I don't think it's the final name. If it is, it's fucking stupid.

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      April 5, 2011 8:07 AM

      I'm surprised we aren't hearing more news of delays to Japanese gaming products. Even though much of the disaster seems regionalized, the strength of the disaster is probably enough to throw off workflow and scheduling.

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        April 5, 2011 12:05 PM

        These guys used to drive planes into ships, don't underestimate them.

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      April 5, 2011 10:30 AM

      They really need to nail the holiday season for this thing, I know it's going to sell well... When I first saw the tech in this thing I was blown away. I want to play Uncharted for it also :P

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        April 5, 2011 11:58 AM

        I just can't see it going over well. Will have to see what the price point is and such though.

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          April 5, 2011 12:00 PM

          I think price point will be key. The PSP is a pretty great system, but it launched at a price that was just too high, and for a long time there just weren't enough solid titles coming out for it.

          If NGP can launch at $250, I think it'll do well. Higher than that...not so much. Especially with the current console prices.

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            April 5, 2011 1:31 PM

            I couldn't agree more, but I also can't help but think that it will be pricier than the 3DS, which if I'm not mistaken is retailing for $250.

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              April 5, 2011 4:11 PM

              I'm poor and I bought my PSP for 70 dollars. I couldn't afford any games so I had to jailbreak it and play homebrew for a long time till I got a new memory card.

              I think the ideal range would be 200-250. However, if I'm not mistaken, some full-blown consoles sell for 200.

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          April 5, 2011 12:01 PM

          Yeh, price point isn't the biggest problem with me but it would be nice if they kept it at a decent spot...

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          April 5, 2011 12:10 PM

          Ditto. They seem to have made the same mistake they made with the original PSP, namely designing a handheld system for console games. The reason Nintendo has done so well in the handheld sphere, as well as Apple with their app store, is because people want to have something they can play for 5-10 minutes and have a good time when playing handheld games. Nintendo and Apple both deliver on that. Sony seems focused on giving you a full console game in your handheld, which is an impressive technical achievement, but ignores the fact that most people would rather play those types of games on a console.

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            April 5, 2011 12:48 PM

            Agreed 100%. When I have the time to sit down and play a console game, but have no console with me (such as an extended road trip being in a hotel or something) the PSP was just pure awesome. It is not a friendly system for pick-up-and-go gaming though.

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        April 5, 2011 4:19 PM

        what about its tech blew you away?

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      April 5, 2011 12:51 PM

      I'm really looking forward to seeing this compared to the 3DS.

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      April 5, 2011 4:22 PM

      I'm tired of handheld elbow. :(

      Gonna pass on this sucker if I can't play the games in some form on my big screen with a normal controller.

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        April 5, 2011 4:25 PM

        i think you can hook it up to a ps3 and play ps2 games

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          April 6, 2011 5:14 AM

          Doesn't this defeat the purpose of getting a PSP/NGP/ DS/3DS ? I mean....why not just play your console games?

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      April 6, 2011 6:03 AM

      hopefully we're talking about a month or two of a delay in here

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      April 6, 2011 7:22 AM

      Not shocked right now they have much bigger issues to worry about considering everything that has happened and is still happening... so
      I'm willing to wait

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