Sony announces successor to the PlayStation Portable
havoc of smeg (10888), Jan 31, 2011
Its already been posted about in the forums, but i thought it deserves more front page attention.
Codenamed the NGP, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the its big brother, the PSP. But as you would expect, it has beefier features, the most obvious being it's dual analogue thumb sticks, the single stick on the original portable being one of the main bones of contention. More noteworthy however is that it now incorporates touchscreen technology in its 5-inch OLED screen, although how it will be made use of is still unknown, its SixAxis motion sensing, which will be familiar to any PS3 owner as well as a built in camera and microphone. Like the PSP had the UMD, the NGP will have a new flash memory format for it, Sony claiming it will have higher memory allowing for "Richer and better games".
Due to be released during the tail end of 2011, it looks like Sony might be able to take on the Nintendo DS on the grander scale.
Correction, taking on the Nintendo 3DS head on ;)
Oh please! its just a DS that'll make your eyes sore!
But in all seriousness, it's still part of the DS family, it's got its looks, layout and back catalogue.
Also, does anyone think the 3DS will be any good? Or 3D portables in general? Personally, no. I'm just expecting it to be a gimmick that will loose it's appeal after a few days of playing on it.
One name: Ocarina of Time 3D. That sold it for me without even trying.
It isn't just the 3D though, I think a lot of people are mistaking it as its only attribute. You can turn 3D off at any point, in fact. The biggest aspect is its graphics, which are currently rated higher than a Wii (though, arguably, that isn't hard to do). With the extra grunt, that could open up some new avenues (likewise for the NGP) for the handheld market. Here's hoping anyway.
Besdies, Ocarina of Time!! :p
I has Nintendo pushing it. It will sell. Maybe not to gaming hobbyists, but to the younger generations and the "casual" gamers. Plus, most people don't buy Nintendo consoles and handhelds for their hardware, they do it for their games, and Nintendo's already promising a lot of titles that people have been asking for.
havoc of smeg Wrote:
I really don't consider the 3DS to be another DS simply because it has the same layout and look and etc. etc. If that were true, then the "NGP" looks an awful lot like a PSP with beefier specs and a few new doodads, and you can still download a lot of PSP games off the PSN.
Im not refering to a load of downloads, you will be able to take your old DS games and play them on the 3DS. And i have not seen that much evidence that it isn't just a DS with a 3D feature.
If it was completely new and unreleated, I would definately agree
(Edited by Adzuken (339), Feb 01, 2011)Re: Sony announces successor to the PSP
Adzuken (339), Feb 01, 2011
havoc of smeg Wrote:
Yes, but it's a separate cartridge port from the new system's main format. The DS had a Gameboy port, but it wasn't a Gameboy. The 3DS uses a new cartridge format, has substantially upgraded specs, higher resolution displays, and a thumbstick. It's about as different from the DS as the PSP is from the "NGP". Hell, the Wii has essentially the same specs as a Gamecube, plays Gamecube games, but it isn't a Gamecube.
If all you need is evidence that the hardware has been revised, here's a really, really, really lame trailer for Kid Icarus: Uprising that includes some gameplay footage.
Edit: Not that it matters a whole lot, but I was mistaken when I said the DS had a Gameboy port. What I should have said was that it has a Gameboy Advance port. As it was pointed out to me, it can't play games from the original Gameboy or the Color.
Put it like this... take the PS1 and PS3. The PS3 isn't a PS1, the similarity is greater than that with a DS and a 3DS and is technologically better, yet they are both part of the playstation family of consoles, in the same way i consider the DS and 3DS to be in the same DS category.
Okay, I think I see where you're coming from, it seems I misunderstood. It just sounded to me that you were saying the 3DS is merely a revision of the DS, rather than simply being of the same brand. I'd imagine the "NGP" will be part of the Playstation portable brand family. I sincerely hope that they don't actually call it the "Next Generation Portable." I think I'd throw a fit if that were to happen.
It would be a name second only to the oddly named Wii.
havoc of smeg Wrote:
I agree with that but I think the 3DS is diff to the DS but the ds bulky is not diff to DSi the same as this new psp is diff to the psp but the psp phat is no diff to psp slim.
A better example of what the 3DS can do presentation wise (that's audio and video, minus 3D) would be the Metal Gear Solid demo, which you can find here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msLJPYC2jUY
All the visuals are based on an in-game engine, no FMV. Closer to a PS2, though unfortunately that trailer is low-res.
In the end though, the best way to understand the 3DS is to get one in your hands and try it out for yourself. It's a hard system to explain otherwise.