The PSP2 – or the NGP, as we've come to call it – has been revealed, but it likely won't be on store shelves here in North America for at least another year.
That being the case, some have been wondering: why did Sony decide to announce it so early? Well, according to Sony boss Kaz Hirai, the move was made for two big reasons : firstly, they wanted to attract more publishers and developers ASAP and secondly, they wanted to avoid any headaches caused by possible leaks, rumors and speculation. Furthermore, when Hirai was asked how they plan to compete with the 3DS, he specified "integrated sensors and connectivity options" as secret weapons. Of course, we should remember that some analysts say the NGP and 3DS won't be in competition at all; they're two entirely different products and offer very different interactive experiences. But the comparisons are inevitable, and it was probably a good idea to build some NGP hype early. Plus, it really is important to gain early support from game designers.
Only when the unit exits the prototype phase will we get a price and an estimated launch date, but hopefully, that won't be too far off.