Sony's announced that its cloud-based music service, Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, will launch on the PlayStation Portable in the coming weeks, with an NGP version naturally set for launch thereafter
The service is already available on PlayStation 3. We will make happen. Our services need to be available on that device. Its a very...
Insomniac Games has revealed that it would not develop any NGP titles in-house as it wants to maintain its focus on the PlayStation 3
Speaking at the developers community event in LA yesterday, community manager James Stevenson revealed that the developer would "support Sony" in developing any games for the platform, but would "probably not" develop any portable games in house..
Sony's released a new trailer for Patapon 3, presumably with the purpose of reminding everyone it is still a video game with the intention of releasing soon
The game looks distinctly like more of the same, which we totally don't have a problem with. However, we can't wait to see how the series translates to the multiple input capacity of the NGP. The PSP's definitely having a solid final hurrah..
Given the financial success of PlayStation Home, we think it would be a glaring oversight to not bring a similarly social experience to the NGP
Thankfully Sony is looking into the idea according to a report in the latest issue of Famitsu. Reporting on the upcoming major Home update, Famitsu mentions that Sony is considering some method of...
How much do you think the NGP will cost? According to a Ubisoft-sponsored survey conducted by research firm Toluna, the French publisher reckons the standard model will retail for about $250
The survey also notes that Ubisoft expects a $350 price-point for the premium, 3G-powered device. That's quite a gulf in costs, but in-line with other 3G/non-3G devices like the iPad. The survey's all..
A long time coming
The Playstation Blog has a lengthy video interview with Shuhei Yoshida, the head of Sony Worldwide Studios about the development cycle for the upcoming PlaStation NGP. In it, he reveals that Worldwide Studios first began working on the device back in 2008: Since the beginning of 2008, WWS have been officially involved in the...
Cross your fingers
According to sources leaked to online game site MCV, Sony is pushing for a European NGP release by November 2011, following an earlier promise by Sony boss Kazuo Hirai that the NGP would hit shelves somewhere in the world by the year's end. MCV says that third-party licensees claim that Sony has set “development deadlines” for...
A stonking rumour on trade-magazine MCV's website this morning suggests that Sony are lining up a November 11th European release date for their next hand-held, the NGP
The report clashes with statements made by SCEA boss Jack Tretton earlier in the year, who stated that a worldwide launch was very unlikely. But the site reports that deadlines on game development have been set for the end of summer,..
While the tech media continue to ensure the word-of-mouth surrounding Apple's latest device is nothing but rosy, actual game developers have been sharing their enthusiasm for Sony's new handheld the NGP
While the Internet continues to ignore the fact that there actually is a market for traditional handheld games (no matter how big or small!), Epic Games' Mark Rein has spoken out in support of..
Sony's Worldwide Studios gaffer, Shuhei Yoshida, has revealed in an interview that the company has returned to its "studio-friendly roots"
The PlayStation 3 is a notoriously complex system to develop for, but with NGP, Yoshida says that the platform holder has put developers first. Shuhei stated that external teams had "been essential" in making decisions for the tentatively titled NGP..
Aside from an augmented reality dinosaur, fresh NGP details at Sony's GDC panel were hard to come by
One little tid-bit that was captured by various outlets though (we'll source Joystiq) pertained to the NGP's storage methods. According to a slide in Sony's presentation, the NGP will ship with 2GB and 4GB game-cards. The medium is significantly smaller than the PlayStation 3's 50GB Blu-Ray discs,..
Sony has revealed that the new game media for the NGP that will house all upcoming games will be between 2GB and 4GB in size, a portion of which will be reserved for game saves and patches. This surpasses the PSP UMD format’s capacity, which capped games at just under 2GB. While this is certainly good news, it seems almost like a...
A report on Nintendo-Universe (we know
) suggests that a version of F1 2011 is currently in development for the NGP. The news comes via the official Twitter account for Codemasters Benelux, which cites the NGP version of the game via a retweet from a Dutch journalist. Assuming F1 2011 is due during late Summer on other platforms, the confirmation serves as a good omen for a European launch of..
The last time Sackboy appeared on the PlayStation Portable, Sony's Cambridge Studio were put on development duties
But a bunch of eagle-eyed readers have let us know that Media Molecule are on the lookout for some new staff to help develop a new title for a "portable platform". Seeing as LittleBigPlanet has already popped up in numerous NGP show-reels well... Put two-and-two together:..
With Killzone 3 now available on store-shelves across North America, and due in Europe later this week, producer Steven ter Heide has been chatting with Gamasutra about the studio's immediate future
One little tid-bit references the NGP, and whether Guerrilla would be interested in creating a follow-up to their previous (and only) portable title Killzone: Liberation. Its something we are..
We already know that Epic's Unreal Engine will run on Sony's NGP, but now Crytek has revealed that their CryEngine game development suite is also compatible
The news comes as part of an SCE press-release which rattles off compatible game engines and middleware that's likely to end up powering a lot of NGP content in the future. Notable entries include the aforementioned CryEngine, Havok physics and..
MotorStorm: Apocalypse developers, Evolution Studios, are pleased as punch with Sony's next handheld, the NGP
Speaking about Sony's approach designing the hardware, director Matt Southern said developers were given a massive influence on the design, even as far as the system's rear track-pad feature. Weve all been looking at odd-looking devices with wires sticking out them since an early date,..
The technical challenges of the PlayStation 3 are well documented
While most developers are now up-to-speed with the ambitious hardware, it's taken a good for years to get to this point. A mandate Kaz Hirai set when he took over as president of SCE was to get Sony's Worldwide Studios involved in hardware development. In the latest issue of Famitsu, SCEJ boss Hiroshi Kawano has detailed the extent..
An update to GDC's lecture roster has confirmed that Sony will have a word or two to say about the NGP
SCEA's platform manager David Coombes will head the talk, entitled "Next Generation Portable Platform". It'll be the first public discussion of the device outside of last month's unveiling. The lecture synopsis notes: In this presentation we will introduce a new handheld console. We..
Considering the amount of technology Sony packed into the PlayStation 3, its famous $599 launch-price wasn't quite as bad as people claim
Sure it was an absurd price to launch a console, but it was actually cheap considering what the box was capable of. The problem was more to do with the console simply being too expensive to manufacture, than overpriced. Looking at the NGP — and its outrageous..
Nippon Ichi has confirmed rumours that it is working on a new title for Sony's NGP platform, confirming that the game is due some time this year
Destructoid reports that the developer's vice president, Johanna Hirota, announced the in-development title at an event in San Francisco this week. While Hirota wouldn't specify details, rumours suggest that the title is a new entry in the Badman series.
Sony's new handheld device, the NGP, will not replace the current PSP when it launches later in the year
Sony's Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, told EDGE magazine that both devices will coexist for some time going forwards. "The NGP features everything Sony can and wants to do today," he said. "It's a platform looking forward with great ambition. "It can't replace a..
SCE Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, has told EDGE magazine that Sony will give the NGP a final name later in the year
Well, NGP is the codename weve used since 2008. We will announce the final name of the console sometime later this year, Yoshida told the magazine, presumably looking towards an E3 reveal. While the news in itself is not a particularly big deal, it does open the..
Sony's announced nothing in regards to the NGP's third-party line-up, so it's pretty cool picking out these little tid-bits from the developers themselves
The latest little snippet comes via the Holy Invasion Of Privacy, Badman! team, who used the Twitter account of one of the game's main characters (don't ask!) to tease an NGP spin-off. We've never played one of the Badman titles, though they've..
Listen to the games media and you'll hear one converging opinion: "People are done with playing actual games on the go and would rather fiddle about with birds on their iPhone
" It's an endorsement we're not sure we agree with. Clearly there are lots of people happy enough with their smartphone gaming applications, but they also belong to the same demographic that device's like the NGP don't..
SEGA's told Eurogamer that while there are no plans for a Virtua Tennis game on NGP right now, "if people want it then we'll obviously answer wishes"
Ok, here we go: please, please, please SEGA, we'd love Virtua Tennis on NGP. "They should write on forums and elsewhere on the internet that they want it." Virtua Tennis: World Tour was a launch title for the original PSP, and is still one..
A Develop report states that British outfit Rebellion -- the guys behind the infinitely popular Aliens Vs
Predator — are actively involved with Sony's new NGP handheld platform. The report notes that the studio has successfully reworked its Asura Engine to take advantage of Sony's portable "in preparation for a new series of internally-built handheld projects". Apparently the studio..
If memory serves us correctly -- and it's going to look mighty embarrassing if we're wrong -- every PlayStation platform has launched alongside a new Ridge Racer
But sadly, it looks like Namco's about to break tradition, as the publisher's told Eurogamer that there are "no plans" for a Ridge Racer game on NGP. "There is no solid plan to make anything in particular for the NGP at the..
Eurogamer's managed to unearth the details from a top-secret SCEE presentation that took place in London yesterday
Attended by roughly 20 developers, Sony shared a wide range of information about its Next Generation Portable, including details on launch plans, specifications and marketing. One attendee, who's sensibly keeping himself anonymous,...
Hideo Kojima, ever the tease, has started Tweeting about something he's deeming the "devil project"
We've absolutely no idea what it is, but we've included a series of messages from the Metal Gear mastermind for your convenience: Have to give priority to another lines scenario etc., so now I cannot work on the devil project and writing. Worked on my devil project a bit after..
Now Sony's Next Generation Portable has been announced, the question on most people's lips is "price, price, price"
Analyst group EEDAR predicts that the system will cost "between $299 to $349" for the Wi-Fi only model, adding that it will "not exceed $399 in the United States". The firm furthers that some regions may not see the 3G model of the NGP at all, stressing that 62 to..
The PlayStation Blog's put up an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai regarding the NGP
While the interview is naturally light on new details, a tired looking Kaz does discuss some of the reasoning behind the handheld's January announcement (nothing to do with 3DS, honest), as well as talking about Sony's success barometer. Kaz admits that Sony aim to match the original..
When it was first announced, the NGP touted a built-in 3G connection as one of its most drool-worthy features, enabling the device to connect to the Internet anytime, anywhere for web browsing, downloading titles from the PS Store or getting in some online gaming on the go, leaving gamers worldwide dreaming of Killzone-ing their...
You can sell anything with quick cuts and a catchy chorus, but thankfully the Next Generation Portable looks like it's actually going to be pretty rad
Still, we're not here to talk about how good Uncharted NGP looks and how excited we are for a new Wipeout. We're here to launch a worldwide public appeal. What is the name of that song? We've tried searching for the lyrics on Google and everything..
Sony Computer Entertainment's top-bod Kaz Hirai has said that details on NGP's price and battery have not yet been disclosed as the system is still in a prototype phase
Kaz did stress however, that Sony are aiming for targets that "should please consumers" either way. While price details are completely up in the air (analysts are guessing anywhere from $250 to $500), an early report on..
If you were smart (like us) you would have switched to purchasing your PlayStation Portable content via the PlayStation Store a long time ago
UMDs were clearly a dead format many years ago, regardless of your stance towards digital download content. Paying a little extra for digital games this past few years has paid off though. While the Next...
One of the challenges many people thought Sony would face with their Next Generation Portable is third-party software support
Despite selling an enormous amount of hardware, software always struggled on the platform outside of Japan. Therefore, t's been refreshing to see publishers — both Western and Eastern — extend words of encouragement about the NGP. The latest positive comments come from..
SCEA's whacked up footage of this Thursday's Next Generation Portable announcement on the PlayStation Blog, allowing you to relive the historical moment in full 1080p
The press conference includes plenty of gameplay snippets, including Uncharted NGP and Little Deviants. Sony's also put up an official website for the PlayStation Meeting event through here. Hit the jump for the first part of the..
Regular and Deluxe
The EEDAR has weighed in a prediction price for the NGP launch price. All versions of the NGP released in Japan will have Wi-Fi capabilities as well as 3G connectivity built-in, but SCEE boss Andrew House says that a cheaper, Wi-Fi only version will be available for consumers outside Japan: The first thing to clarify, which I’m...
On the money?
First the EEDAR predicted a price for the NGP under $400, and SCEE revealed that there would be two differently priced NGP models released, and now GameStop has decided to list the device at a price point of $299.99. This may simply be a place-holder price for the device while the company takes pre-orders, and of course we don’t know...
As expected, Sony has revealed the successor to the PlayStation Portable this morning
The device is currently codenamed the NGP, or 'Next Generation Portable'. According to the platform holder, the NGP has been designed around five core pillars: user interface, social connectivity, location-based entertainment, converging real and virtual gameplay, and PlayStation Suite connectivity. PlayStation..
PushSquare editor Sammy Barker follows up his original reaction to the NGP with discussion on why PlayStation Suite is the overlooked ace in Sony's portable gaming strategy
</em> I've had a few days to analyse the reaction to Sony's NGP announcement this week, and I've been overwhelmed by how much positivity I've read. People seem to get it...
Electronic Entertainment Design and Research’s Jesse Divnich has cited a $300 -$350 price tag for Sony’s Next Generation Portable, the NGP. The market is ripe for portable high-end gaming. The NGP will be a serious threat to all forms of portable entertainment. After seeing the specs today, if the NGP can’t succeed, it is clear...
Epic Games' Gears Of War franchise may be XBOX 360 exclusive, but the company's president, Mark Rein, reckons the series' gameplay would be an "appropriate" fit for Sony's new Next Generation Portable
"This is the kind of machine that a Gears of War-style experience would be appropriate on because it has the control layout that games like that are designed for and can produce some pretty..
Sony said after the NGP's announcement yesterday that the device's price would be "affordable" and "appropriate for the handheld space"
EEDAR's Jesse Divinch reckons that puts the system in the $300-$350 price bracket. Divinch doesn't think the high price will be a problem though, explaining, "The market is ripe for portable high-end gaming. The NGP will be a serious threat to all forms of..
For a company pushing 3D so hard, many people are bemused at the NGP's lack of three-dimensional technology, particularly with Nintendo pushing the feature so hard on 3DS
Sony's admitted that they dabbled with 3D technology for NGP, but SCEE president Andrew House has concluded that the "shared experience" didn't translate to portable devices. "We view 3D as having the greatest..
We've gotten so used to getting games at the same time as our brothers in North America, that we hadn't even considered the NGP not launching in Europe this year
While a "Holiday 2011" release date was paraded around the system's reveal yesterday, SCEA gaffer Jack Tretton admits a worlwide launch will be "difficult". "I know that's rather ambiguous, and that's for a..
We're certain the codename "Next Generation Portable" is a subtle dig at Nintendo on Sony's part
It's no coincedence that months prior to Nintendo's latest handheld launch, Sony should reveal a system that they're dubbing the "Next Generation Portable". Sick burn. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata doesn't seem too concerned though. After all, why should he be? While the PlayStation Portable..
The NGP will not support Sony's familiar XMB interface
The platform holder's ditching the award-winning navigation system for something more touch control suitable. The NGP's hub menu system is certainly colourful, but we can't help but feel it all looks a little bit messy. Like any smartphone really. Perhaps the bigger issue is how child-like it all looks. It's the kind of interface you'd expect..
Fresh eyes on the series
Insomniac Games may have made a name for Resistance on the PS3, but the studio won’t be handling the franchise's latest handheld incarnation for the NGP. In a tweet by Insomniac, the team congratulated Nihilistic Software for its hard work on the game, and then followed up by adding that NGP Resistance is a brand new game,...