There Will Be More Than One Model Of The NGP

There Will Be More Than One Model Of The NGP

And not all of them will have 3G connectivity, it seems.

Speaking after yesterday’s big PSP2 / NGP reveal in Tokyo, Sony Computer Entertainment’s chief Andrew House told game site Eurogamer “The first thing to clarify, which I’m not sure the presentation did a perfect job of doing today, is that all of the devices will have Wi-Fi capability; a separate SKU will have 3G.”

“So the user gets a choice. Wi-Fi is available wherever, which clearly is the most important aspect of connectivity and that connected experience; 3G will be a subset of that.”

Why the divide? Well, like Apple’s iPad – which makes a similar distinction between models – the 3G-less version will surely be cheaper. Which could be important for a handheld that’s no doubt going to be on the expensive side.

It’s also because, while 3G network deals are relatively easy for Sony to tie up in Japan, in the West – and particularly in Europe – things could be trickier. Networks could seek exclusivity, some countries could skip the 3G version altogether, etc etc. So having a wi-fi only option makes sense!

Sony outlines NGP “asynchronous gaming” [Eurogamer]

Comments

  • Ahh thats good to hear, I’d never use the 3g anyway so I’m glad I didn’t have to pay for something I’m not going to use.

    Hmm, the non-3g kindle is $50 cheaper, wonder if a similar level of discount will apply

    • Indeed it is. To use the 3G you’d need a simcard/microsimcard and extra costs would apply for downloads etc. So wireless only is the much better idea.

  • I can’t tether between my PSP GO and my iphone because the PSP GO uses old DUN networking. If I can tether with the NPG though screw the 3G version, expecially since it costs more.

    In fact I wonder if they will bother with the 3G version over here?

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