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12:45 AM on 06.08.2011

E3: Ignition announces Dragon's Crown for PS3, PS Vita

I love Vanillaware's games. It's as if they come from a world where polygons never really took hold, with the love, care and lust normally going into rendering dynamic lighting and self-shadowing textures being poured into c...

Josh Tolentino


9:10 PM on 06.01.2011

New Destructoid Episode: War of the Colonial Vita Marines

Evening, 'toiders! Time for another episode of that pesky video game show you've all grown to hate but watch anyway on the off chance one of us accidentally farts on camera. I can't wait for that day. In the meantime, I le...

Tara Long

3:40 PM on 05.04.2011

Sony domain points to WipEout Trinity

Following prior talk of SCE Studio Liverpool bringing on additional talent for a "high-profile, futuristic racing franchise," we're seeing more rumors, this time in the form of a domain. WipEoutTrinity.com was registered by S...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 03.18.2011

Sony promises same-day digital releases for NGP

One of the biggest issues with the PlayStation Portable, especially when it comes to the PSPgo, was the tragic lack of availability for digital and UMD versions of games. We'd get one, or the other, and sometimes, if we were ...

Jordan Devore

11:20 AM on 03.03.2011

GDC 11: Sony says NGP is not as powerful as a PS3

One of the earliest and most persistent rumors surrounding Sony's "Next Generation Portable" is that its power would be comparable to a PlayStation 3. Sony is wisely downplaying such claims now, making sure to let us know tha...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 03.02.2011

Ngmoco: Sony NGP is 'dead on arrival'

Leading mobile game developer ngmoco has something to say about the next generation of dedicated gaming handhelds, and it's not pretty! According to boss man Neil Young, the NGP is going to fail hard. "I think they are hurt; ...

Jim Sterling

12:20 PM on 02.24.2011

Guerrilla considering returning to PSP development

Guerrilla last graced the PlayStation Portable with Killzone: Liberation way back in 2006. Since then, the studio has focused on the PS3, but producer Steven ter Heide has stated that it may return to portable games with...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 02.14.2011

Sony dropped NGP features to keep it 'affordable'

Sony has revealed that the impressive specifications for its PSP successor could have been even more astounding if price wasn't an issue. The NGP apparently had a few more tricks up its sleeve, but they were nipped in the bud...

Jim Sterling

5:20 PM on 02.09.2011

Badman series jumping to NGP? Sounds like it

Word on the street is that the dungeon-building Badman series will show up on NGP next. At least, we're led to believe such things after this goofy tweet by the Lord of Destruction himself. Seems like the next plausible step,...

Jordan Devore



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Counterpoint: Why Sony's PSP2 (NGP) will succeed
by Josh Tolentino

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Yesterday, Samit told you that Sony's "Next Generation Portable," or PSP2, or whatever they end up calling it in the future, would fail, due to the hardware giant's betting once more on the failed strategy of using powerful technology to ineptly ape the home console experience.

Sony had supposedly missed the sea change that occurred in the gaming space as smartphones and other, less dedicated platforms muscled their way into prominence, offering experiences in "bite-size chunks." They should instead have produced a device capable of playing games that could only be played on the handheld platform, games that were unique, innovative, convergent, emergent, and suited to all manner of game-design buzzwords.

Today, I'm here to tell you that that fundamental change goes much deeper and far further than the portable space, and that it's exactly the reason why the NGP can succeed.

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Why Sony's PSP2 (NGP) will fail
by Samit Sarkar

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And whether or not you agree with this article, keep an eye out tomorrow for a counterpoint from my colleague Josh Tolentino.
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A week and a half ago, Sony officially unveiled its next handheld gaming device, which is currently codenamed “Next Generation Portable” (NGP). That might be one of the least creative monikers of all time, but it’s ostensibly appropriate -- at least from a hardware perspective. The NGP sounds like a beast of a handheld, packing two quad-core processors (CPU, GPU); a bevy of wireless radios (3G in at least one model, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth); an OLED touchscreen and a rear touchpad; front- and rear-facing cameras; and six-axis motion-sensing capabilities.

But is Sony misinterpreting the handheld market by betting, as usual, on technological superiority?

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8:40 AM on 02.04.2011

Killzone NGP developed by Cambridge Studio

SCE Cambridge Studio, the team behind Medievil and LittleBigPlanet PSP, are working on the portable version of Killzone. The shooter is heading to Sony's "Next Generation Portable" and is in "good hands", according to Guerril...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 02.02.2011

NGP trailer shows Killzone, Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet

Now this is how you get me excited for your handheld, Sony! Stop showing me conceptual trailers full of idiotic douchebags, and concentrate on the software. Good show! This software lineup commercial reveals a wonderful amou...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 01.30.2011

Jaffe: NGP is like a fresh pussy

Famous author Arthur C. Clarke once said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Famous game developer David Jaffe once said, "New hardware is like new pussy." Truly, the spirit of Clarke is b...

Jim Sterling

10:40 PM on 01.28.2011

Destructoid: Carmen Sandiego, Gang Bangs, and The PSP2

Good news everyone! We've just completed work on the latest episode of The Destructoid Show. In this episode, our heroes discuss WTF the 411 on the PSP2, AKA the NGP is. OMG. If that's not portable Sony news for you, w...

Max Scoville

12:00 PM on 01.28.2011

Sony doesn't believe in 3D handhelds

Sony has revealed that it considered aping the 3DS' visual gimmickry for its upcoming PSP successor, but decided against it because 3D should be a shared, family experience. Apparently eyestrain headaches love company.  ...

Jim Sterling