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Yoshida: Third-party feedback "essential" for final NGP design

Sony took a "back to basics" approach for PSP successor

Sony's Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has said that feedback from third-party developers has been essential to the final design of its next handheld console, codenamed the NGP.

Speaking to the official PlayStation blog, Yoshida claimed the NGP has been in development for over three years before it was officially revealed earlier this year, with Sony taking a back to basics approach to development of the hardware.

"The NGP development team visited many developers and publishers globally with an early prototype of the hardware to get direct feedback," he said.

"I also personally joined some of the meetings to discuss various aspects of NGP and the options we were looking at. The input of other developers outside of Worldwide Studios has been essential for us to make final decisions on NGP.

"As a result of this, we went through many iterations of NGP. It reminded me of the early days of the original PlayStation, when we visited many developers and publishers to get feedback during the development of that product. It's almost as if SCE has gone back to basics, which should be a good thing," he added.

Last week Sony revealed that retail Gamecards for the NGP will come in 2GB and 4GB sizes. Yoshida said he expects a wide variety of games for the system, from traditional console games to augmented reality, touch-only titles and network-enabled games.

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Michael Armer Studying Games Development National Diploma Level 3, Lancaster and Morecambe College8 years ago
i wish they would just call it the psp2. but i do like the 4gb cart size, hopefully the read speed is faster than UMD
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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 8 years ago
I personally think they got it right in regard to formfactor, but I do have my doubts about the 'XMB' with it's bubbles. Using touch-devices regularly these days, I find myself trying to navigate the XMB of the PSP-classic with my fingers and keep forgetting it doesn't, but for me the layout of the current XMB is perfect for using touch..
But I do have my doubts about the longlivety of the device with all the current smartphones on the market, yes it will be a powerhouse when it will be released, but I guess within 6 months after release it will already be surpassed by many phones.. For gaming I think it will rock (much more as the IMHO very bad designed Nintendo (3)DS), but people don't want to carry around more devices if they already have a device which is just as powerfull with also a lot of games..
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Private Industry 8 years ago
I`m sure it`s going to take more than 6 month, smartphones start now using dual core CPU`s and the NGP is running on a quad core CPU and dedicated GPU also with 4 cores. What was shown so far beats the smartphones and with so many cores I wouldn`t be surprised if it is a bit like on the PS3 where you got the great results once people figured out how to divide all the work up and move them to specific cores. 1st generation titles always look bad compared to the later games. While Uncharted looks nice I`m sure they have a lot of power left to keep with up with the hardware upgrades on smartphones.

Also smartphones can be as powerful as they want if nobody uses that power like on the iPhone where only one game uses the Unreal Engine 3 you got all that theoretical power that`s just sitting there unused. It doesn`t give the phone makers that big reason to upgrade the smartphones on the GPU side as much as they do on the CPU side. And of course we have always ninty to show that your hardware can be even outdated on release and it sells like crazy.

I know what you mean about the XMB, when I first have seen the screenshots I was only thinking "why?". Always preferred the XMB over other UI`s (I`m looking at you redesigned 360 dashboard). It`s not the most fancy looking one, but it`s easy to access, looks clear, fast to navigate trough and consistently used by different devices.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 8 years ago
I like the NGP. Im just worried about the price. Im also ok with its preliminary tech specs. All those cores and hardware capabilities should last a long time and keep up with smart phone upgrades for a while. I also like the touch screen and the touch panel on the back. Offers a wide amount of control sceems. I also heard the game cartridge can go well beyond 4GB(I could be wrong). Tech wise the NGP does not worry me at all, it has the muscle to last a long while and enough features for developers to get creative when producing games, seeing that it has so many input features including motion sensing and touch sensing. Im actually more hyped about this than the 3DS. I think its a great system I would gladly buy if the price is right.
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