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Sessler's Soapbox: The Playstation NGP

Posted: February 1, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: The Playstation NGP
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Adam takes the time to discuss all the trouble he sees for Sony's new portable gaming system, the NGP/PSP2.

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  • playsbydesign

    On a personal level, yes, I do wish that companies would belay announcements until some concrete launch dates and games are available for viewing.

    Though I have to remind myself that announcements like this are for those deep in the gaming community. The minority. The public will not even be aware of this until advertising starts a few weeks before launch.

    We are privy to this information, Mr. Sessler. This announcement is for those that enjoy looking at the design differences, it's technical aspects, and it's possibilities. These announcements are not meant to "sell" the product to individuals like us but rather introduce it and get us talking about it.

    Had you, Mr. Sessler, not been a member of the gaming community or around those that are up to date on recent announcements, then you probably would have not been aware of the device. Not until you were sitting at home and an exciting, well formulated commercial came on with the product's real name and launch titles there for you to see.

    Also I'm not too worried about the level of distinction that Mr. Sessler mentioned. That distinction for the most part will be found in the software. The hardware lends itself to that with the inclusion of more horsepower, a second analog stick and front and rear-touch pads. With the PSP it felt like while I was playing Playstation titles that I was being punished for it's portability, and getting half the experience. Now it seems that I will get the same Playstation experience I get at home, on the go. That's distinction enough for me and in the end, all I really wanted.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 5:31 PM
    playsbydesign
  • playsbydesign

    On a personal level, yes, I do wish that companies would belay announcements until some concrete launch dates and games are available for viewing.

    Though I have to remind myself that announcements like this are for those deep in the gaming community. The minority. The public will not even be aware of this until advertising starts a few weeks before launch.

    We are privy to this information, Mr. Sessler. This announcement is for those that enjoy looking at the design differences, it's technical aspects, and it's possibilities. These announcements are not meant to "sell" the product to individuals like us but rather introduce it and get us talking about it.

    Had you, Mr. Sessler, not been a member of the gaming community or around those that are up to date on recent announcements, then you probably would have not been aware of the device. Not until you were sitting at home and an exciting, well formulated commercial came on with the product's real name and launch titles there for you to see.

    Also I'm not too worried about the level of distinction that Mr. Sessler mentioned. That distinction for the most part will be found in the software. The hardware lends itself to that with the inclusion of more horsepower, a second analog stick and front and rear-touch pads. With the PSP it felt like while I was playing Playstation titles that I was being punished for it's portability, and getting half the experience. Now it seems that I will get the same Playstation experience I get at home, on the go. That's distinction enough for me and in the end, all I really wanted.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 5:29 PM
    playsbydesign
  • camaro72toy

    Too little, too late. By now, there should at least be R1 and R2 buttons with L1 and L2 buttons, come on Sony wake up before you completely fade away.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 5:04 PM
    camaro72toy
  • paladin_veltron

    I really disagree with adam on this one. Who really cares about names right now when the product still has like 11 months before launch. What about project natal and kinect? Who doesnt want to play killzone, lbp2, uncharted, resistance, and maybe a new metal gear or resident evil on a portable device as awesome as NGP. The specs of this thing is enough to get me very excited. When i saw the announcement i thought they showed some pretty cool stuff like trophy support and the screen is just awesome. It just seems like sony cant do anything right anymore to g4 when in reality they are the only gaming company pumping out quality games and products. KINECT BLOWS!

    Posted: February 1, 2011 5:02 PM
    paladin_veltron
  • Blue_Vortex

    Actually they have games to show other than what seemed like PS3 Ports, I thought Gravity Daze was the most interesting one:

    * Broken
    * Gravity Daze
    * Hot Shots Next
    * Hustle Kings
    * Killzone
    * LittleBigPlanet
    * Little Deviants
    * Reality Fighters
    * Resistance
    * Smart As
    * Uncharted
    * WipEout

    Posted: February 1, 2011 4:39 PM
    Blue_Vortex
  • choccy

    I happen to like that Sony's platforms tend to have the same games available. I really like having more playing choices from my favorite games. Think God Of War. There are now 2 entire parts to that story we wouldn't have without the PSP.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 4:30 PM
    choccy
  • itsjustme2

    A name really doesn't matter. It's the hardware and software.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 4:20 PM
  • OcelotFox

    When I hear "NGP", all I think about is the N-Gage. So Sony, you may want to change that codename to something that doesn't make me laugh...

    I think it's clear that Sony rushed this announcement to get in some press before Nintendo's release of the 3DS, so its vague nature on release and price are understandable. But as Adam puts it, it is a January announcement for a Holiday 2011 product, so let's play the wait and see game, shall we?

    Posted: February 1, 2011 4:15 PM
    OcelotFox
  • itsjustme2

    There is NOTHING wrong with going the safe right. The psp did that, which were ps2 games. That's is what sony is trying to do, get portable games that have the quality of the ps3.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 4:14 PM
  • futuresquare

    I respectfully disagree with your opinion Sessler. After all wasn't the Kinect originally called natal then renamed Kinect at E3. As for a release window i think its obvious that Sony wants to launch this in all major markets by the end of the year, this announcement was just a strategic plan to break up 3ds hype. Think about it Sony wants to get the specs for their portable out to stop 3ds hype then drip more information at GDC and do a full blown reveal at E3. As for the games more new i.p.'s are needed, but they are probably in development like that little deviants game that they showed to demo the touchpad, but of course they want their main franchises on it because it gets the core fan base excited and makes them want to show other people how awesome the ngp is. But we will not know until both the 3ds and the Ngp launch to judge both machines.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 4:14 PM
    futuresquare
  • nvserg

    sgtpepper572,
    i think you miss understood, he saying why would i want to play this on my NGP after i played it on my PS3!!!!!! thats a good point,

    mattofwar,
    stop hatting PS3 fanboy.

    Sessler is right, Sony needs to come up with a new product thats unique to attract customers like Nintendo did with its 3DS, i saw the commercial and it made me want a 3DS, but Sony is not giving you that same feeling. they also need to fire their Japanese psychologists and hire some American or European psychologists lol

    Posted: February 1, 2011 4:02 PM
    nvserg
  • Rigglestein

    You're right Adam. Its a STUPID idea to announce a product without having a name. Its just downright unproffesional. *cough* PROJECT NATAL *cough*

    Posted: February 1, 2011 4:00 PM
    Rigglestein
  • RandyMercer

    I have to say I thought this soapbox was going to be all negative and it wasn't it was very insight just like always, I agree with basically everything Adam said, it would have been better if Sony had a real name Like the Playstation Warp or maybe the Arc (since they didn't use the name for the Move). A solid name would have been nice and also the Japan and an indefinite release date would have been really nice Okay holiday 2011 is a vague date November 10 2011 is better ppl will latch on to that saying "Okay let's see how this thing develops from now until then." I really admire the tech under the hood, I'd admire it more Sony makes it affordable. All I can say is E3 is around the corner. Nice Soapbox Mr. Sessler if only there were more people like you.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 3:50 PM
    RandyMercer
  • BigAngryRobot

    Don't worry about Sony, Adam. They tend to do everything wrong until (1) they succeed anyway or (2) realize they need to give the consumer what they want.

    PSPGo
    Betamax
    UMD
    Memory Stick
    HiFD
    Sixaxis controller
    etc...

    But when Sony hits (PS2, Blu-ray... sort of), they hit big. I see a Sony board of directors discussion doubling as a Gamblers Anonymous meeting.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 3:46 PM
    BigAngryRobot
  • culero

    Your BIG head makes no sense.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 3:38 PM
    culero
  • Captain_Vyse

    I'm curious on what you think the price will be, especially you seemed to think the 3DS was priced too high.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 3:36 PM
    Captain_Vyse
  • UltraViolence74

    LOL BBD reference

    Posted: February 1, 2011 3:11 PM
    UltraViolence74
  • DarkKirby2500

    Once I reviewed the information released about the NGP, it was pretty clear that Sony wasn't really ready to announce the NGP to the public. No actual games, but potential games? Why then did they go ahead with the announcement? It's pretty simple if you ask me.

    It's pretty much a please don't buy a 3DS announcement, with the entire point being to show the public that there is in fact something other then the 3DS "on the horizon", and to try to deter people from buying 3DS.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 3:05 PM
    DarkKirby2500
  • Snowball90

    I generally respect Adam's rants but I found myself disagreeing with his logic here. First of all, does a company like Sony actually have to come out and tell you that a critical hand-held console will be released in all the regions, I think that it is meant to be implied that it will be available in every major region by the end of 2011 if they really want to compete with the 3DS. And secondly, the NGP is still a prototype (meaning it won't be the final version of the product), so yes when it is announced, it is very acceptable for it to still be referred to by its code name. Or our we just forgetting that the Kinect was once called Project natal when it was first announced. Geez, G4 likes to harshly judge sony products very prematurely.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 2:51 PM
    Snowball90
  • EliteBAMF

    Sony has been pursuing a poor business strategy this generation. They underprice every console they put out, even mobile ones. They also do not market their products correctly. Regardless of those two issues, they have hacking/piracy issues, low attach rates, and are trying to tap into a market that barely exists at all (hardcore mobile gaming).

    I feel like this is bad for Sony. Either they will continue forward with these poor business tactics (that are actually VERY good for consumers in these niche markets) and the gaming division will go under or they will likely over correct in the coming generation by playing it too safe. Hopefully the first doesn't happen because their gaming division has bought out a great number of competent studios that I don't want to see scattered into the wind.

    Nintendo seems to have also followed poor tactics this generation (on the console front) in that they have tapped into a market that is deceptively shallow. They found out there is a casual market for home consoles and gunned for it. I don't think they realize that casuals of the caliber they have pursued likely will only purchase 1 console in their life. On the other hand, repeat console purchasers such as the hardcore market feels almost like Nintendo turned their backs on them. Loyalty has been lost and it doesn't look good moving into the next gen. On the plus side they seem to have the handheld market still on lock.

    Microsoft is a wild card. They hit gold mines with some exciting exclusives and a market for premium online, but are still trying to dig themselves out of the hole of the initial investment into creating a competent console gaming division. Even more concerning is that they seem to be drifting from the hardcore base on the console front and pursuing the arguably shallow casual market. If they don't invest in a handful of strong new IPs in the following 2 years I can't see them pulling ahead into the next generation with any sort of lead over Sony. If they play their cards correctly and invest in new IPs while dredging what is left of the casual market they could potentially sweep the last part of this generation and carry a great amount of momentum into the next.

    Anyway, forgive me for being verbose. Much of this is speculation but I would be willing to bet much of it has some degree of validity behind it.

    Posted: February 1, 2011 2:50 PM
    EliteBAMF
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