The Next Generation Portable (NGP) is the most advanced portable gaming device yet, but can it break through to a crowd that just doesn't go in for handhelds?
Well, maybe not, but EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich says that's not necessarily a bad thing. When we asked Divnich if Sony's fancy new portable might just be seen as "another PSP," he replied that in truth, viewing it in that fashion might not be a bad thing. Because the NGP is mostly for gaming, it'll appeal to the hardcore players first and only later will it cater to the mainstream. Said Divnich:
"Portraying it as another PSP isn’t necessarily a bad perspective. The PSP was incredibly successful, placing among the top 10 consoles sold of all time, outpacing both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. However, piracy, a lack of software support, and a steep decline in popularity in later years significantly impacted the PSP’s tail end of sales.
I view the NGP’s demographic market as the typical gaming enthusiast in the Western markets. Despite including a lot of the technologies seen in mainstream entertainment devices such as the iPhone, I don’t foresee the NGP wetting the appetite of these markets right away. Much like the DS, it took a few years before the mainstream really started to grab hold of it."
We often forget how popular the PSP has proven worldwide; we forget because the Nintendo DS hit like a ton of bricks and only recently has the PSP started to compete favorably with Nintendo's offering. In terms of the NGP vs. the 3DS, Divnich had something to say to that, too:
"It is unfair to create a NGP vs. 3DS scenario, much like we did with the PSP vs. DS. They truly are two different machines, offering different types of entertainment. Yes the 3DS will outsell the NGP, but that doesn’t preclude the NGP as a failure. The video game pond if big enough for both of these fish to succeed."
There's no doubt that there's room for both; there was room for the PSP and DS, wasn't there? Perhaps the question isn't, which one will win, but which one appeals to you more? And might you see yourself owning both?