In addition to being impressed with Uncharted 3 in 3D , EEDAR's Jesse Divnich also had plenty to say concerning Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP).
One of his "Key Takeaways" from the event was the following: their recent hands-on session confirmed the original analysis that the NGP will do better in the market than its predecessor. Third-party support will be crucial to the platform's success and although Sony has only announced one such title ( Call of Duty ), Divnich expects "all major third-party publishers to announce support at E3 2011." Here's a full quote concerning the NGP's future:
"Even after our second hands-on experience, EEDAR is re-iterating its expectations on the NGP hardware. EEDAR continues to expect the NGP to handsomely surpass the install of its PSP predecessor in all three major regions (Japan, North America, and Europe).
While we do anticipate that all major publishers will support the NGP, we expect full scale third-party adoption to be more methodical when compared to the rapid third-party adoption received by the PSP. Unfortunately, due to piracy and declining sales, the PSP never lived up to the third-parties expectations and for that reason third-party publishers will likely be more cautious with the NGP."
We still need to know the price, but analysts have previously estimated a consumer cost of $250 – $300, which isn't entirely unreasonable, but for most, it's still a hefty investment. Provided the games are there, though, this little unit could be pretty huge.