Hardware not only has to satisfy the gamers, it must also satisfy the developers.
And MotorStorm designer Evolution Studios says they got exactly what they wanted out of Sony's new portable. Studio director Matt Southern told NowGamer that the NGP is "much more developer-driven" and this is because Sony went to game makers first :
"Instead of Sony handing hardware to developers and saying, ‘here’s our next device, make something cool’, it set about asking developers what they thought should go into the device, and what they thought would be cool.
So it’s almost kind of weird to be asked what I think of it because I told Sony what I think of it and, as a result, that’s reflected in the hardware. That’s happened right across, Japan, Asia, Europe and America, so in terms of first-party development it’s the machine we all wanted, and I think that’s starting to show in the games. It’s going to be a tremendous console for gamers, whether they’re core or hardcore."
Sony has often been accused of producing hardware that puts developers in the dark, which is why we often see the best games arrive later on in a PlayStation console's lifespan. But with the NGP, it seems Sony has learned from past mistakes…and those games ought to be pretty darn interesting.