It has the tech; it has the glittery appeal. But it should also have the games.

During the worldwide debut of the Next Generation Portable, Sony head Shuhei Yoshida played Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for the audience, and there was also a running montage of other titles slated to land on the sleek new hanheld.

They even showed Hot Shots to display the unit's Sixaxis capabilities, and we caught glimpses of Wipeout , Resistance and LittleBigPlanet as well. Hideo Kojima got everyone all excited by showing off Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots , but he reminded us that he wasn't announcing MGS4 for the NGP; it was just to showcase the device's power and potential. However, he did say he'd unveil something for Sony's new handheld at E3 this year.

What else might be coming? Oh, all sorts of stuff, ranging from Sega's Yakuza series to Activision's mammoth Call of Duty franchise. And here's the list of confirmed titles that are coming to the NGP:

And that's just for starters. It seems clear that Sony understands the need for great games at the time of this unit's launch, and we certainly appreciate it.

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Radiohead
Radiohead
10 years ago

those are darn good games but just too much money.

Neo_Aeon666
Neo_Aeon666
10 years ago

If it is really 299-349 it is only 50$ or 100$ more than the 3ds and it does SO much more.

If you can't afford it there must not be many handheld devices you can afford dood.

Shams
Shams
10 years ago

They'll be having at least two sku's, too. One with WiFi, and one with 3G (and WiFi, too, I'm assuming). So expect a price range.

Orvisman
Orvisman
10 years ago

@Shams,

Sony said every unit will have 3G; so, there will only be one sku.

Orvisman
Orvisman
10 years ago

I also JUST read there will be two skus in the U.K. only … one sku in Japan and North America.

tridon
tridon
10 years ago

Considering this new unit has two cameras, I'm surprised Sony isn't working to make a new EyePet or Invisimals at launch to cater more to the younger crowd.

daus26
daus26
10 years ago

Speaking of two cameras, you know where the front camera is? Is it that small circle on the right, above the geometic buttons (X,O, square, triangle)?

slugga_status
slugga_status
10 years ago

Ok maybe I need some clarification in regards to the games. From what I've seen these are the originals meaning the original games just supported by NGP.

So are these just remakes of what we already have just for NGP? Or, are these brand new meaning new story, etc.?

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
10 years ago

Good question. Based on what I keep reading on various sites, I think it's a rerelease of the original titles that can seamlessly interact with the PS3, but here's hoping for original installments!

DarthNemesis
DarthNemesis
10 years ago

No,they are original games exclusive to the PSP2.Each game has an original story.Just like the PSP counter parts of the franchises.

thj_1980
thj_1980
10 years ago

I hope onyl $40 a pop because it fthey charge $60 per game, i am not getting this. CALL OF DUTY LBP AND RESISTANCE FOR SURE.

Fane1024
Fane1024
10 years ago

What if they're $60, but you can play them on your PS3 as well?

I'm not saying that they've said that's possible.

Also, the games come on a writable flash card, though it may only allow for "official" data (e.g., DLC, saves) to be written to it. If you can use the cards as storage space, that provides extra value.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
10 years ago

Actually, Kojima mentioned that it was possible to play a game on your PS3, transfer the save and continue with the same game on your NGP, then simply transfer back.

Wow, that would just be fantastic!!! Like Minis, but with larger AAA titles, download 1 copy of a game from PSN and play it on both PS3 and NGP. If that is supported from day 1, this thing is a must-buy.

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
10 years ago

What? No Angry Birds?? Blasphemy!!

On a serious note, given the control system of the device, EVERY game on the market currently will be great to play on the NGP.

The real question is, can the consoles keep up?

Fane1024
Fane1024
10 years ago

Angry Birds is already available for PSP (and therefore NGP).

It's too expensive, but it's available.

daus26
daus26
10 years ago

I read somewhere (don't remember where) that the NGP is digital only. Yet I see a pic. showing the new game media, which looks almost like a DS cartridge. Wonder how much memory that thing can hold and if it'll provide seamless gameplay (little to no loading) like DS games.

SmokeyPSD
SmokeyPSD
10 years ago

It's both

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
10 years ago

Download and hard copies both. The games are stored on new proprietary drives based on flash technology, so theoretically, they could store a lot of information and deliver it much faster than disc-based platforms.

Unfortunately, Andrew House commented that digital distribution could become the new primary format for retail purchases. I hope not, given that digitally swapping games is a real hassle when you just want to pick up and go someplace….


Last edited by TheAgingHipster on 1/27/2011 4:40:41 PM

kevinater321
kevinater321
10 years ago

Sony said that they can upgrade the memory on the flash card to support some more intense games, oh say…uncharted?

Fane1024
Fane1024
10 years ago

*sigh*

I wish everyone would stop misusing the word "digital".

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
10 years ago

Seems a bit nitpicky, but okay, how about, "Swapping out games in purely digital format can be a real hassle when you want to just pick up and go someplace."

Additionally, the Random House dictionary now recognizes that the word "digital" can refer to anything available in electronic format, rather than exclusively referencing the fingers or the display/manipulation of numbers. Just sayin'. 🙂

Fane1024
Fane1024
10 years ago

@Hipster,

I meant the use of "digital" in the place of "download(able)". Your statements were perfectly fine.

That said, I don't count Random House as an authority. ;D


Last edited by Fane1024 on 1/29/2011 1:04:55 AM

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
10 years ago

These are some very big names, and not to mention at least one ironic one: Epic Games. But this is also just the tip of the ice berg. The website Siliconera (a wonderful website by the way) has a list of developers who have thrown their support behind the NGP. It's a big list. Sony has got the tech, the innovations, and the developer support. Now all they need is a reasonable price and the party can begin.

Fane1024
Fane1024
10 years ago

…and "ironic", for that matter.

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

Hope the Yakuza game it's Black Panther 2.

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
10 years ago

I'm still some-what skeptical of this, & I don't know why…

just feels too good to be true 😛

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
10 years ago

I can bet the next poll here at PSX is gonaa have something to do with the NGP 😉

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
10 years ago

Wow, really? I'm surprisingly impressed with this line-up. It looks like Sony as actually taking the launch of the NGP seriously, as opposed to previous hardware releases that shall remain nameless….

If this list gets much more lengthy, this may turn out to be a day one purchase for me!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

There's a few good games in there. I'm more worried about the name, PSP2 is better than NGP. NGP sounds like some kind of STD.

Love the dual cameras. That opens up the possibility of an Augmented Reality Interface, better known to Heavy Rain fans as ARI.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/27/2011 4:54:04 PM

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
10 years ago

Oh man, I hadn't even thought of that. A murder mystery you play using the camera to examine elements of your home town for clues? Interesting…

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
10 years ago

Or, better yet, Fatal Frame Portable. Someone call Tecmo!

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
10 years ago

The dual camera feature does open up some interesting possibilities doesn't it?

Anyway, "NGP" is actually starting to grow on me. I think it's at least slightly more catchy. It's certainly easier to say.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 1/27/2011 5:17:27 PM

daus26
daus26
10 years ago

I'm gonna have to agree with you. NGP doesn't seem Playstation oriented for some reason. To me, it actually seem like an abbreviation for a smartphone… or something, like STD as you say.

And besides, why drop the Playstation name? It is a Playstation right?… just portable.

Gamer Girl Gemo
Gamer Girl Gemo
10 years ago

@WorldEndsWithMe
Holy crap, that was a good one! You had me cracking up at the STD part 🙂
But so true. They need something that is a little more pretty than NGP. Then again, it may just be worth the name.

Fane1024
Fane1024
10 years ago

NGP is just a code name. They're trying to come up with something catchier than "PSP2" and haven't finalized it.

The final name will include "PlayStation" and "Portable", probably in that order; they just haven't decided whether to go with something like "go" or stick with the number.

If "Move" is any indication of their ability to formulate names, I'd say give them all the time they need and then some and then a little more to be safe.

Still, "Move" is a lot better than "Wii" or "Xbox 360".


Last edited by Fane1024 on 1/27/2011 6:18:15 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

How about PXP? Playstation Xtreme Portable.

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
10 years ago

I like PXP a bit more, but I have to side with Fane and doubt that they will come up with something creative.

As an aside, I am now all kinds of hyped for Fatal Frame Portable. Imagine controlling the camera by actually moving the system around and letting the system's camera detect where you are looking based on the speed and motion of the image. Yeah, you might be spinning in circles in your living room, screaming like a little girl while you cling desperately to your PXP/NGP/whatever they call it, but I can't help but feel that game would be awesome on so many levels!

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
10 years ago

Just brainstorming, mind you. Yes, I know Tecmo isn't working on a new Fatal Frame for a portable platform. But that doesn't mean I can't dream….


Last edited by TheAgingHipster on 1/27/2011 8:18:43 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

With those dual camera's, I'm thinking "the upcoming "Beyond good & evil" will be a great fit for the NGP too.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
10 years ago

All games i can play on the PS3…. I'm yet to be convinced.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
10 years ago

Of what?

halebound00
halebound00
10 years ago

7 Words: What is Ready At Dawn working on?

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

Kinda wish Ghost of Sparta was for the NGP.

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
10 years ago

Prove me wrong, but I am pretty sure that the Uncharted gameplay shown is not in Drake's Fortune. Anyone else not recognise that part of the game?

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
10 years ago

Well, supposedly Sony Bend is making the new Uncharted game for the NGP, so perhaps it was footage from said game?

Simcoe
Simcoe
10 years ago

One of the guys from Kotaku who was at the press conference had a hands on demo of it and said it seemed like an entirely new game.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
10 years ago

I can't wait for this. The woman is gonna be mad during the holidays because I'll be out buying this and games.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Buy them for her, then she'll just give them to you.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
10 years ago

The only game she has ever liked is Heavy Rain. She wouldn't be to happy if I did that.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I said you'd wind up with some games, I never said you'd ever get any action again 😉