The Next Generation Portable has been announced and Sony is already trundling out the media wagon.
You'll see several screenshots here, and you'll note the approximate length and width of the device. That beautiful OLED screen impressed many at the PlayStation Meeting, and the combination of those front and back touchpads – along with the micro analog sticks – should give us great control diversity. Plus, it's really something we've never seen before, and it really does seem to put "the power in your hands."
Then there's the debut teaser trailer, which doesn't exactly put the NGP at the center of attention with all the specs and everything. But it's your standard loopy Sony marketing and we might be seeing a similar advertisement towards the end of the year. At the very least, it'll get people going, "woah…the hell sort of gadget are they talking about?"
Perhaps best of all is the pledged support from so many developers. You can check out the full list over at GameSpot ; as you can see, there are several major studios and designers on the list, and don't forget that Sony will be tapping more developers to create titles specifically for the NGP.
At the end of the day, we still need a price point. After seeing the capabilities of this little electronic wonder, most are thinking there's no way it can be priced below $300, and it probably won't be. Perhaps we're looking somewhere in the $300-$400 range…only time will tell how that will go over with consumers. The PS3 launched at $600, but that's a full home console and it didn't sell very well in the first year.
But whatever happens, we know the NGP has broken the mold for handheld gaming and portable entertainment. And that's pretty darn impressive.