Epic Games: Sony's Next Gen Portable Is A 'Pretty Huge Deal'

Launched earlier this week, Sony's hefty NGP already has quite a number of game developer fans. Among them is the company behind Gears of War, Unreal Tournament and Bulletstorm.

"I've played our demo on it and I've played Dungeon Defenders on it," said Epic vice president Mark Rein. "I think Sony has done a great job with this device and that it caters to many gaming experiences."

Unreal Engine, the popular game engine found in titles as diverse as the iPhone's Infinity Blade, Xbox 360's Gears of War, has already been customised to work on Sony's new platform, Rein said. Adding that the NGP is "in the same class as the Playstation 3."

"We're already impressed with what we're able to do with it today and we're really just getting started," he said.

Rein declined to say what games his company may be working on for the device, but pointed to how quickly the cross-platform tactical RPG Dungeon Defenders was able to make the jump to the NGP.

"At Sony's PlayStation event we showed Trendy Entertainment's Dungeon Defenders game on NGP," he said. "It was a great demonstration of Unreal Engine 3's fantastic cross-platform capabilities.

Trendy had never even seen NGP prior to coming to our office and in under a week they delivered the fully playable version of the game we showed on stage... If we had given them another week they would have shown us NGP playing against PS3 as well – they already plan to deliver that functionality when they ship the game."

Rein calls the NGP a "pretty huge deal" for not just Playstation fans, but gamers.

"A truly portable high-end gaming experience just seems so awesome to me," he said. "I've said for a while that triple-A isn't going away, it's going everywhere. The idea of a portable device that delivers the kinds of high-performance dual-analog stick experiences I can get on a console definitely appeals to me as a gamer and the NGP can do that and so much more."


Comments

    As long as the battery lasts longer than 1 hour and the price isn't off the charts. Sony has a great looking system but right now I'm mire concerned about price and battery..

    3DS is already a tad pricey for me, and then 3 - 8 hours.. Hrmm.

    IT does not really matter what it does, if it costs more money than a 3DS or one of those Iphone things it will fail.

      iPhone? The NGP can't cost more than $1000.

    Hmm... doesn't Microsoft's exclusive deal on Gears of War expire later this year with the launch of Gears 3? A full-scale Gears of War game running on a handheld could shift a few units - both of software AND hardware.

      It isn't specifically an exclusivity deal. Gears was developed both with a ton of financial backing by Microsoft, and with help of people from Microsoft's internal studios. As such, Microsoft maintains some rights to the Gears of War series.

      Epic couldn't release a Gears game on a competing console without Microsoft's blessing. And obviously, odds of that are pretty low.

    Being able to play your PS3 mates when you're away or at work is nothing short of amazing. I do long shifts at night and playing online over 3G is getting me wet.

    The in-city gameplay of that thing looked great, although it was basically a ripoff of that Northern city in Oblivion with aspects of Denerim from Dragon Age. Then I saw the battle system... peeeeeee-yewwwww, no thanks. DA2 and Skyrim for me, back to the drawing board Trendy.

    You will not be able to play online with 3G the latency of 3G is greater than old dial up internet.

    They have said they will release a Wifi only model and i think that will be the best choice.. the only reason 3G will be usefull is as a msg service.. or if it has skype.. (which i hope it does).

    If i could turn the NGP into a callable skype phone with good low power mode that would last long enugh to be used as a phone that would be cool.. i really want a 3G data only skype phone.. however SCE japan said that this is "silly" ... a NGP might be to big for a small person but i want to ditch my iphone for this so much!.. i really hope this makes portable gaming take off outside of japan.. the DS is a bedroom device and the PSP is super niche.. regardless of success we have not had a successful portable gaming device used in public since the original pokemon in the west.

    We need that magic back... Even if it takes a god awful game like COD or to do it.

      "You will not be able to play online with 3G the latency of 3G is greater than old dial up internet."

      I have to assume that you're just flinging random assumptions around and have never actually tried it. I have a Telstra NextG adapter for my computer for if my internet fails (4.5k's away from exchange makes for crappy ADSL, cuts out a lot). The latency I get is identical on both, and identical to the latency I have at my work. It's easy sufficient for online gaming - I've played both FPS and strategy on it and nobody ever noticed.

    Really can't see this taking off IMO. It seems targeted towards the more 'hardcore' handheld gamers, which to be honest, are few and far between.

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