Sony’s NGP or PSP2 as normal people call it, had its big premiere mere hours ago in Japan. While we already covered the most important facts (dual analogue sticks, two touch screens, PS3-level graphics, Uncharted) here, slowly more info is coming out of Japan on what wasn’t mentioned, such as possible pricing and just how long its battery lasts.
Above: How much would you pay?
PSP2 is pretty technologically impressive, but all that tech has to come at a price, that price usually being lots of money. While Sony has all year to announce a price before a Holiday 2011 release, the hardware maker has assured people it will be affordable. Seeing how Sony defined affordable in the past, you might be a little unsure about what that really means, but later that night Game Informer got this helpful quote, “It's not going to be $599." Perhaps Sony really did learn something in the last five years.
Above: Also we really like the PS Button-covered design of the rear touch pad
Another question was how long can NGP hold a charge? Speaking to Kotaku, officials said they hope to achieve the same battery life the PSP has, which is between 4 and 6 hours. That doesn’t seem too bad for the power of the tech NGP displays, and given the 3DS’s controversial 3-5 hour battery life, theoretically Sony would have the slightest edge in this area.
This is only the beginning of all the news that’s sure to slowly reveal itself as the world gets to know Sony’s new handheld. We’ll keep you updated.
Jan 27, 2011