Sony may have previously hoped to release its next handheld gaming system, NGP, worldwide by November 2011, but now the Tokyo-based company is warning that production of the device has slowed due to the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, and may push back its release.

Sony has closed numerous production facilities in Northern Japan since the disaster, and even Sony facilities unharmed by the tragedy are still having trouble getting all of the components needed to build their new machine from other similarly affected manufacturers.

Thus, chances of a simultaneous worldwide release for the PlayStation NGP are becoming slimmer, and a recent quote from Sony’s Jack Tretton isn’t making it any better:

It may be the straw that says ‘maybe we get to just one market by the end of the year.’

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[source ngportable.com, via bloomberg.com]