NGP won't "go by the wayside in two years or three years"

Hirai intends new Sony handheld to "match" PSP's install base

Sony Computer Entertainment president Kazuo Hirai has revealed that the company is planning on its upcoming handheld, the NGP, equalling sales of its predecessor as a bare minimum.

"One of the things we want to accomplish with the NGP is match the install base that we have on PSP worldwide," Hirai told PlayStation Blog.

"Over and above that try to go beyond that. The fact that we're working hand in hand with the worldwide studios internally but also with a lot of the third party publishing partners already. That, combined with some of the exciting features, is a really strong combination to really match the install base we have for PSP and certainly go beyond that as well."

Hirai also revealed that he intended on a long life cycle for the new handheld. "Whether it's a homebased console like the PS2 or PS3 or a handheld like the NGP, it's very important that we have a stable platform that is in it for the long haul.

"Once [the consumers] invest in our products, it doesn't go by the wayside in two years or three years, but they are able to really enjoy that particular console for a very long time.

"It's my expectation that NGP is going to have a similar sort of lifespan in the portable space as well."

The group CEO also observed that "Call of Duty... that's a very big thing for NGP."

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James Johnstone10 years ago
Call fo duty will deffinatly help the NGP succeed in the western market, provided they get everything sorted with the 3G networking for online play, alot of people in the 6th form i am at would love to play CoD online on the go.
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James Prendergast Process Specialist 10 years ago
Call of Duty might be a big deal but i don't know if it can overcome a high price point for the hardware. It'll be interesting to see the release price...
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Aodhan O'Donnell10 years ago
Well i'm really excited for this, i mean uncharted in your pocket! it's mind boggling!
but the console sellers are definitely going to be call of duty and monster hunter, and both in a large part are due to multiplayer so if the ngp can nail that it will sell huge numbers.
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Private Industry 10 years ago
If they get Monster Hunter it`s going to do very well in every region. CoD is huge in the US and EU, monster hunter in japan and on top of that they got some new Kojima stuff and probably a Yakuza game and all the usual suspects from first party as WipEout, Uncharted, Killzone, LBP and so on.

The NGP will be probably on the market for at least 4-5 years that hardware is solid and as long as the mobile phone market does not change it`s only Nintendo vs Sony. Mobile Phone games are still those games that you play to kill 5-10 minutes, short nice games but nothing huge with an epic story arc.
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Julio Gorgé Managing Director, Lemon Team10 years ago
I remain skeptic of the NGP. It surely won't come cheap, its specs won't sound so impressive when it gets released outside of Japan in (early?) 2012, and those 'PS3 quality level' games will need to sell at premium prices and in huge volumes to recoup development costs. We'll see.

I have to commend Sony for several right decissions though, e.g. the iPhone-like ARM/PowerVR CPU/GPU combo and getting rid of those UMD disks..

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Julio Gorgé on 4th February 2011 1:39pm

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