The Next Generation Portable (NGP) will launch in Japan later this year (and in other regions in 2012), but are we getting a slightly lesser machine?
According to French tech site 01.net , the non-3G models of the NGP will be priced competitively with the Nintendo 3DS. Therefore, consumers can expect to pay between $250 and $300 for the device. That sounds like good news but apparently, in order to reach that price point, Sony had to make a few sacrifices- it seems the NGP will now have 256MB of RAM instead of 512MB, and to compensate for that, Sony cut the size of the OS impact on memory. 26MB of that 256 is high-speed RAM that can be utilized for certain tasks that require faster access to memory. The unit still boasts 128MB of graphics memory, but the intended 16GB worth of internal flash memory has been removed; now we'll get "cheaper external storage."
So does this news, if accurate, impact your excitement? And will any of these technical alterations mess with the games we've already seen displayed on the NGP?