Reality check: NGP won't be as powerful as the PS3

While the technology under the hood of Sony's next portable system is impressive, the idea that the device will be as powerful as a PS3 is just plain silly, according to David Coombes, a platform research manager at Sony. Coombes explained at a GDC session that building a PlayStation portable with the same processing power as its home console brother is just not feasible.

"Some people in the press have said wow, this thing... could be as powerful as PS3. Well, it's not going to run at 2GHz because the battery would last five minutes," said Coombes. "And it would probably set fire to your pants."

The NGP will feature a quad-core processor which, if taken to its limits, could indeed run at double the portable standard (theoretically). But as Coombes pointed out, battery life and heat production prevent such overclocking. The PS3's CPU, for comparison, is a 3.2 GHz Cell Broadband Engine.

It should be noted however, that while the NGP may technically not be as powerful as a PS3, it appears to be possible to create games for it which, in practice, contain visuals that rival those of PS3 games, and the fancy screen, dual analog sticks, touch input, and other advancements make it quite a tech-heavy device. Nevertheless, don't expect to build a supercomputer out of them.

Thanks for keeping it real, Coombes.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Mar 3, 2011




  • Syncmaster - March 4, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    when the psp launched they said it could play ps2 games, lie. so they learned that lesson and are now actually saying the truth about not making your expectation high for the ngp power, good. not interested on ngp anymore, for now
  • IceBlueKirby - March 4, 2011 5:16 a.m.

    Thank you for dispelling my fears of my pants coming ablaze, Mr. Coombes. I remember seeing articles about how it could be as powerful as the PS3, so to see one saying it isn't makes me laugh. That, coupled with the fact that there's really been like, no games announced for the thing, make me increasingly skeptical that this could rival the 3DS, or even outsell the pitiful PSP Go...but I suppose time will tell.
  • Robusken - March 4, 2011 2:43 a.m.

    Set fire to your
  • PretzelBoy - March 4, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    We were PROMISED PS3 visuals, and now they are going to take it away from us! If only the great GeoHot could hack it so we could re-enable the promised features. The previous statement was meant to be funny, sorry if it wasn't. reCaptcha: their alsua. But what about my alsua?
  • werewolfninja - March 4, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    Well, duh!
  • Redeater - March 4, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    Of course it will not be as powerful. Why would you need a handheld as powerful as a ps3 to power a screen thats about 5% the size of your tv?
  • fffanatic1 - March 4, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    Can't wait for the NGP. Gonna be mad awesome. Hopefully there will be good support for the system.
  • CrKnight - March 3, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    You know what else? Bread makes you fat. Am I missing anything else that is obvious?
  • FreedomPhantom - March 3, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    I'm not going to pretend I was excited at the idea of a handheld as powerful as the PS3, but I was skeptical nonetheless. This still looks like (given enough incentive from devs) it could be an awesome system! It's the game part that I'm worried about
  • KaiokenKid - March 3, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    Really, who cares? Its still super powerful.
  • Gahmah - March 3, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    feasibly powerful, but fucking physics ruining fun
  • Yorimoto - March 3, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    I never believed it would be. Its just common sense, though that's something the internet is sorely lacking however.
  • Kage_No_Shi - March 3, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    face_palm TBH. Obviously it isn't as powerful (I don't remember anyone actually suggesting it would be). The speculation was that relative to its resolution, it would be able to display visuals as good as what the PS3 offered. While not the case ultimately, it apparently comes fairly close.

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