Japan has bigger problems that go well beyond the video game industry, but those problems may continue to impact certain aspects of gaming.
Due to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which has left a nation struggling to contain a nuclear crisis, the Next Generation Portable (NGP) may be delayed in that region. Sony has been forced to shut down several plants in Northern Japan for the sake of repairs and in speaking to Bloomberg , SCEA boss Jack Tretton said this could lead to the NGP being pushed back: "It may be the straw that says, 'Maybe we get to just one market by the end of the year,'" he said. On the up side, Tretton said that if a delay did occur, it would give publishers more time to produce valuable launch software. Sure, we'll all sorts of excited for the unit that boasts a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, a mult-core ARM CPU, a PowerVP multi-core GPU, a touch pad, twin thumbsticks, and available WiFi in certain models. Don't get us wrong.
But we're more than willing to wait until Japan gets back on its feet.