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Ubisoft survey may have leaked NGP price

Ubisoft has reportedly commissioned a survey that asks customers about Sony's upcoming handheld system and tells them straight up "the retail price of the Sony NGP is expected to be around $350." But that isn't the full story.

The very next question in the survey, conducted by Toluna, tells respondents that the $350 price tag would be for all the bells and whistles that come with a 3G mobile data connection. For a unit that only connects to the internet through Wi-Fi, it would be $250. Both questions asked consumers how likely they were to buy the next PSP at that price.

Of course, the survey doesn't state that those are the actual price points. However, if the values are accurate, the Wi-Fi version of Sony's new handheld would be priced at the same point as the Nintendo 3DS, which has had no trouble garnering strong pre-order buzz at its price point.

Getting an NGP with no 3G capabilities, though, takes away a lot of glamor from the device. One of the selling points is its unique ability to download games any time, anywhere, and to connect with 'PlayStation certified' phones in online games.

So those who do want the NGP and all it has to offer may have to pony up as much as $350, which is higher than most predictions when the device was first announced. GameStop began taking pre-orders for the gadget with a placeholder price of $999, which was later reduced to $299. Since then, the retailer has removed the pre-order page from its website.

We'll have to wait to hear the official pricing from Sony. All the company has said about NGP's availability so far is it is planned to be released later this year.

[Source: Kotaku]

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Mar 17, 2011

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21 comments

  • SlyFoxC - March 18, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Game Gear for the win!
  • AntistasMetroid - March 18, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    I'll stick to Aerial Assault on my Game Gear...
  • ItBurnsWhenIWii - March 18, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    At only 250 this thing is a steal. At the price you will probably get most of the COD kids to but one to get there COD fix on the go. I'll be getting this and the 3DS. No point in starting a Sony Nintendo war. I've always been happy buying both companies consoles, this will be no different. 3DS or NGP as long as you stop supporting the stupid apple devices i'll be happy.
  • Shagnasty - March 18, 2011 3:37 a.m.

    With this and the Xoom, I really want to know how much a 3G radio is really costing these companies. Either way, I'm just glad I have a disposable income!
  • Joshnix - March 18, 2011 2:22 a.m.

    I would get one of these in a second for $250. forget 3G, I rarely play games in public. I've got a reputation to keep.
  • twinkletitsMcGee - March 18, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    I havent had a hand held since gameboy pocket (dang that's a while) but I would be extremly cautious buying a hand held from sony given their recent history. No matter how promising it looks like it will be.
  • IVIunky - March 18, 2011 2:17 a.m.

    @Cyberninja Having one thumbstick does limit gameplay - just look at the PSP. Having another thumbstick honestly makes a difference. Don't get me wrong...I'm in full support of the 3DS (software over hardware after all) bu that was the main gripe I had with the PSP, and for them to fix that means they are taking public opinion into consideration.
  • NG14916 - March 18, 2011 1:38 a.m.

    If the NGP could play PSP games I'd probably get it. Since it can't, I'm going to stick with the 3DS.
  • Cyberninja - March 18, 2011 1:32 a.m.

    @michaelkaramas i will make this blunt you're an idiot for your 3 and 4 you use a opinion against an opinion and treat it like a fact also what do you mean sony more diverse if you are talking about overall youre very wrong and explain to me how 1 circle pad limits games when you also have a touch screen. ps ngp doesn't have a official price yet
  • WikiParazFTW - March 18, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    For $250...I'm sold, it seems to me that it has more interesting features(for me at least), than the 3DS, and that cost $250 also
  • tobz1000 - March 18, 2011 1:22 a.m.

    If this actually sells for the same price as a 3DS, holy shit. I don't understand why all these new 3G devices cost so much more than their 3G-less counterparts. Surely the extra components don't cost that much - and wouldn't they want to persuade people to sign up for a data plan? I'm surprised they don't charge the same for both models - or even slightly less for the 3G model - but make a data plan mandatory, similar to phone pricing structures.
  • n00b - March 18, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    @michaelkaramas side scrollers are hard core ever heard of super meat boy, contra, metal slug, castlevania. (and i could go on)
  • EricBratcher - March 18, 2011 1 a.m.

    Actually, $350 is 249.88 Euro at current exchange rates. Not so bad now, eh? Oh, wait - yes it is. Kinda reminds me of the chat I had with a Sony PR rep back when the PS3 launched. He kept showing me the sell sheet with all the features and saying "but look at all the great stuff it does! It's a bargain at this price". To which I kept responding, "True, but it's still super expensive. A Porsche 911 for 75 grand would be a bargain too, but I still can't afford it."
  • michaelkaramas - March 18, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    @corndog501 No 3Ds does not have 3g...netflix is available over wifi only which is why i was confused when it was announced that netflix would be available. as for you statements of opinion: 1.Better for the money Rebuff: actually the ds at 250 vs the ngp at 250 is an easy win for the ngp considering the hardware inside(4core processor) its last generation tech vs next generation tech...the iphone can handle more than the 3ds ...albeit not in 3d. 2.probably longer battery life: Rebuff: Actually they are the same and in some cases the ngp gets better life.(the 3ds also in some cases gets better life) 3.and a better first party line up Rebuff: obviously still opinion and you may like side scrollers more than hardcore games, but as for first party lineup? sony has lot more diversity. nintendo made the same mistake as Sony with the psp and only put in 1 analog nub...going to limit games tremendously. 4.I know this'll piss people off, but Super Mario 3DS (the one with the tail in the logo) is going to be better than Uncharted on the NGP ....LOL. all jokes aside its impossible to compare mario to uncharted in any way...
  • Eliath - March 18, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    @corndog501 Considering that some Nintendo reps were denouncing the NGP for including 3G, I'm fairly certain that the 3DS will not have 3G. It is WiFi capable, but it's not 3G capable at this point based on some checking I just did. I could be wrong though. Also, the 3DS looks to only have 3-5 hours of battery life on high settings and 5-8 on lower settings. I believe the NGP is said to have around 5 or 6, but I'm sketchy on that. All that said... Mario in a raccoon suit would be spiffy. The only reason I might consider getting an NGP so far is for Monster Hunter. I doubt I will get a 3DS unless there are good third party games.
  • Wing126 - March 18, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    350, would be around 300 euro. What a rip.
  • Eliath - March 18, 2011 12:07 a.m.

    @EnragedTortoise1 If they have the games this time around, then that's ok. We'll have to see. As to 3G... I live in the middle of Iowa. I have to drive almost 100 miles to the closest location with 3G. This isn't Europe, Japan, or the major metropolitan areas of the US, so the 3G has no point for me.
  • corndog501 - March 18, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    Umm, doesn't the 3DS also get 3G capabilities, along with Netflix allowing you to watch 3D movies, all for no extra charge. Sorry, but I'm sold on the 3DS. Better for the money, probably longer battery life, and a better first party line up. I know this'll piss people off, but Super Mario 3DS (the one with the tail in the logo) is going to be better than Uncharted on the NGP. Both are great franchises, but if a Mario game has a raccoon suit, it wins automatically. (Only one to feature the raccoon suit was SMB 3, the greatest game on the NES).
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 18, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    Probably cost about three hundred per unit to make, Sony might really be leaning on game sales this time around. Again.
  • Cleanser247 - March 17, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    WOW!

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