Sony NGP: Sony’s Portable Device To Rival Nintendo 3DS And iOS Gaming?
Sony detailed last week the technical specifications and planned features of their new portable device, codenamed NGP, intending to enter a market dominated by Nintendo and Apple.
The specs for the NGP highlight a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, a 5-inch OLED touchscreen with 960 x 544 resolution, 3G, WiFi, accelerometer/gyroscope, electronic compass, front/rear cameras and a secondary touch screen on the rear of the device.
Sony's presentation came a few weeks after Nintendo held a press conference with demos of their new portable media device, Nintendo 3DS. The interesting point comes from the difference between the 3DS and the NGP. As seen in the previous Nintendo Wii versus PlayStation 3 battle, Nintendo is attempting to bring an entirely new dimension to portable gaming by allowing a third-dimension, while the NGP is a power machine designed for high-end graphics.
Based on these specs alone, there are many parallels between iOS device specs; namely 3G, WiFi, accelerometer/gyroscope, electronic compass, cameras, and touchscreen. Similarly, both the NGP and the 3DS have touch screens.
The NGP tries to rival iOS by allowing apps, video and music to be on the device. Most of the apps detailed are more for backwards compatibility for the older PlayStation devices. In an effort to create a social experience, the NGP also allows users to connect with others both locally, and around the world, simply using the proprietary PlayStationNetwork available currently.
Sony’s initial design certainly points to some competition and influence from two of the most hyped products in the portable gaming market, yet only time can tell whether the NGP will prove to be a competitor, and some analysts even consider the device to be a serious threat to Nintendo.
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