Ever since the NGP was announced back in January, developers & gamers alike have been waxing lyrical about the machine’s power. It appears this enthusiasm has caused some of the gaming press to get a bit ahead of itself and report on the fact that the NGP will be almost as powerful as a PS3, although some sections of the press went even further, saying the new device was practically a PS3 Portable.
Speaking at a Game Developer Conference session, Sony’s David Coombes, Platform Research Manager at SCEA has put the record straight clarifying that the NGP won’t be rivalling the PS3 for processor performance. He explained that although the CPU is theoretically capable of running at 2ghtz it won’t be in order to preserve the NGP’s battery life and to prevent it from over heating saying “Some people in the press have said wow, this thing… could be as powerful as PS3. Well, it’s not going to run at 2GHz because the battery would last five minutes, and it would probably set fire to your pants.”
Coombes also couldn’t confirm how much memory the NGP will have, but did say “I can’t talk about actual numbers, but compared to PSP we have a lot of memory… we’re closer to PS3 than PSP in terms of memory size.” It’s unclear whether he was referring to the PS3’s 256MB of video memory or combining that with its 256MB of system memory.
Sony are hopeful the NGP will be on store shelves in at least one territory before the end of this year with the other regions to follow sometime in 2012.