Research Analyst Michael Pachter got the chance to get hands on with Sony’s NGP yesterday, which is nice. Perhaps at some point we’ll be able to see what the PSP’s successor can do, but in the meantime we’ll have to follow the opinions of those that have.
So, with that in mind, let’s have a look at what Pachter was saying.
“Hands on NGP at Sony yesterday,” he starts. “With the right software, quite awesome. The controls [are] very smooth, the screen flawless.” Sounds great.
“Price will be high.” Oh, wait, sorry. What was that?
“Tretton said NGP ‘between $100 and $599′” he Tweeted, “[I] am betting it’s priced either $299 or $349, depending upon bill of materials.” Well, $349 is probably a little bit beyond the range that we’re personally expecting, especially if Sony do a quick dollar – pound conversion.
He suggests that the 3G version (remember, the NGP will come in two flavours) should only add $50, subsidised by the carrier.
“Uncharted NGP tech demo was cool,” he concludes. “Accelerometer to swing on rope, massage back touch pad to climb, dual analogs intuitive. Gamers will likee.”
I don’t know about you, but if I want to swing my device and rub a screen, I’ll do it on the iPhone. If the NGP is to be the all singing, all dancing super handheld, just leave it to the buttons.
But then, we’ve not played it first hand. Funny that.