The price tag of the Next Generation Portable will continue to be a hot topic of conversation, likely even after the cost to consumers has been announced.
Earlier, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR) analyst Jesse Divnich was quoted as saying the unit could fall into the $299 – $349 range , which may sound pricey, but perhaps surprisingly affordable considering the level of technology. But we wanted more information from the analyst concerning Sony's flashy new portable device, and we asked Divnich if there might be a limit; i.e., we asked him to finish this sentence: "The NGP absolutely can't cost more than 'blank' when it launches." It's an important question.
"Anything above $400 would certainly be out of the price range of most gamers, even the early adopters."
That sounds about right, and you may notice he used the term "gamers." We just recently asked if the NGP would appeal more to hardcore gamers or gadget lovers , but according to Divnich, the answer is simple- "First and foremost, the NGP will be a gaming machine. Gaming will be the NGP's primary function." Well, despite all the other functions, we've always said Sony is all about the games.
For more from what Divnich had to say about the NGP, stay tuned to PSXE.