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; I think they’re clearly hurt,” said Young, talking about Nintendo and Sony versus mobile gaming. “I think PSP is done and the new [NGP] is dead on arrival. It’s really difficult to compete with an app store that has hundreds of thousands of applications and a wide range of options where the average price paid is around $1.20 and there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of free applications that are really high quality. So I just don’t think Sony’s going to be able to compete with that.
“It’s not a PS3 quality experience … And in terms of getting broad adoption, having great processing power is not necessarily a prerequisite for great adoption in the marketplace. You need a range of things and what I think the iPod Touch and iPhone have been able to do is offer people swiss army knife type functionality for a device that plays games really well. It’s not like it’s crap at playing games — it’s pretty good at playing games and it can do a whole bunch of other things as well.”
Young was more favorable toward the 3DS, but wrote off the 3D technology: “I think Nintendo will likely be competitive. My personal opinion is that the 3D piece of the puzzle is kind of gimmicky. But Nintendo has great franchises and there are tens of millions of people who want to participate in those franchises, so that always helps … But the real question is the degree to which there’s a third-party community.”
So basically, this is just the DS vs. PSP all over again. Pretty much what we thought it’d be, right?
Sony’s NGP ‘Dead On Arrival’ and 3DS ‘Gimmicky,’ says Neil Young [Industry Gamers]