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(Kotaku) Sony's NGP Was Stripped Of Features "To keep the device affordable."

Poll Results: Good Move By SONY?

 
  • 46% (46)
    Yes, I see why SONY dropped the features.
  • 25% (25)
    No, SONY should not have dropped any features.
  • 29% (29)
    Neither, I'll just see what happens when more details are announced.
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post #1 of 36
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Quote:
The Next Generation Portable is an amazing little machine. I was quite impressed with it. But it could've been even more amazing — amazinger! Not to mention more expensive, too.

"There were elements that we found pretty cool, but had to set aside to remain on target," Sony Computer Entertainment worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Edge. "It's a big lesson we learnt from the PS3. There's no point putting everything you want into a device and doing the math later."

It's not uncommon for companies to remove elements during R&D. What made the PS3 different was that Sony started doing this when the console was still on sale. When the PS3 was first revealed, the console had an array of features, which were eventually removed during the console's life in order to make the machine a money-maker.

For the NGP, Yoshida said that Sony always had the price and the player in mind. "We had to sell something that people could buy," said Yoshida, adding that Sony "can't sell the NGP for the same price as a PSP".

If Sony is going to want to compete with the 3DS — which no matter what Sony says, the company is doing — then it'll need to price the NGP between US$250 and $300. The closer to $250, the better. If it's above $300, forget it.
Source - http://uk.kotaku.com/5760804/sonys-ngp-was-stripped-of-features

What do I think?
- Well I was sure as hell looking forward to buying the device.. but I'm going to see what the end product will be like when it is released or more details are announced.

What do you all think?
Edited by DannyTheGamer - 2/15/11 at 2:02pm
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post #2 of 36
Of course it makes sense, it's all about price/performance (or in this case price/features). In a mainstream device it's not worth it to have a niche feature that is very expensive.
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I can't read the article (at work) so idk if it mentions what is being tossed..but pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee x100 keep dual analog sticks.
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post #4 of 36
I understand why but maybe offer different models at different price points.
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I can't read the article (at work) so idk if it mentions what is being tossed..but pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee x100 keep dual analog sticks.

The details have not yet been announced..
I mean, it has a year left and to be honest.. I saw this coming in a debate with someone on YouTube about it.
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post #6 of 36
NGP already have like 3x the features of any other portable
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post #7 of 36
ugh, another 250 dollar portable. annoying
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post #8 of 36
It has a quad-core and GPU that is equal to an 8500GT w/16 CUDA Cores. That may not sound like a lot but its a console so optimization will be better than anything on PC and the screen is only 480p I believe.

If stripping features means that we get powerful processors then I'm all for it.
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post #9 of 36
What they need to toss is the horrible non ergonomic encasing all together. My hands fell asleep all the time while I was gaming with my phat PSP. Even the DS(i) felt better to hold.
post #10 of 36
depends on what they took out. for example if adding a second analog stick cost $50 extra dollars on the original psp, then they should have left it. If it was gimmiky options like 3D screen then I am glad it has been tossed aside.
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