Now that Sony has upped the ante with the Next Generation Portable, many wonder if it might offer 3D functionality…thereby dealing a specific blow to the competition (the Nintendo 3DS).
However, while Sony continues to promote 3D technology, they have stated that 3D just "just isn't right" for portable devices. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Andrew House spoke about why Sony decided to omit 3D for the NGP, and he said they see 3D as being centered in the home, around the television in the living room. In other words, they see it as a "shared experience" and that really can't happen with a handheld. Added House:
"In the development process, we had studied the possibility of introducing stereoscopic 3D feature to NGP, but decided not to install it. After careful consideration of our goal of offering users the ultimate portable entertainment experience with a revolutionary user interface we have decided to focus on the features and specs announced today first.
SCE will continue to play an important role within Sony group by promoting 3D in tandem with Sony Corporation's 3D compatible BRAVIA LCD TVs to deliver the sublime 3D entertainment in the living room and without having to go to the cinema. We will continue our effort to provide users with true 3D entertainment experience that only Sony can deliver."
So the 3DS will still have one major feature the NGP will not have, but if you hadn't noticed, Sony's new portable is quite advanced in a number of different areas. House believes those other features will stand out in contrast, and they are "confident" they have something special. Finished House:
"We feel very confident that we have very sufficiently differentiated ourselves from the competition with spec, and in particular the connectivity and network features and interfaces that are all pretty revolutionary. That will set this device apart."