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Jesse Divnich, vice president of analyst services at Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, tries to put a price on the Sony NGP and rates its chances.
Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Divnich thinks the unit be between $300 to $350 and dubs it a "serious threat to all forms of portable entertainment."
"After seeing the specs today," explained Divnich, "if the NGP can't succeed, it is clear that the portable gaming landscape has forever changed. The future of portable entertainment is in the hands of Sony."
We've heard rumors that it could be as much as $400, but Sony Europe boss Andrew House told Eurogamer that the unit would be "affordable."
"I can't put a ballpark on it in terms of figures," he said, "but what I would say is that we will shoot for an affordable price that's appropriate for the handheld gaming space."
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This will all depend on the games they make for it. I'm very skeptical.
well as long as they start a (almost) kinect size advertising campaign ( with KB) soon, they'll murder the 3ds.
Ha! Called it at 320.
booo yeah calld it.
If they want to stay afloat they will drop it to 250 or 200 to save them selves. How much are each of the games? How much is the 3G? Drop it or don't bother putting it out.
"Affordable", huh? So, 20 bucks, right? That seems "appropriate for the handheld gaming space" :P
$350 is "affordable"? oh dear
it looks nice and all, but its all a matter of whether or not they can actually get devs to put out decent games for it
This thing has to be more expensive than the 3DS, especially since they're doing all this "affordable" damage control prior to spilling the price. With everybody having coniptions over the 3DS price tag, how can this ever succeed. If affordable has quotation marks around it, that means it's not.
I know allot of parents who bought PSPs for little kids instead of a DS like they should have. That's not going to happen with the NGP and allot of adults who would buy it are already playing games on the go on smart phones and tablets, and aren't going to drop all this money to carry around ANOTHER device. Plus, I don't think anyone needs HD gaming on the go.
Sony and The N are going to two different, higher-end directions. It'll be interesting to see how this all pans out while I'm trying to keep my 3DS charged.
Well, Sony thought people would pay $600 for a PS3...........that was a hard lesson to learn. I hope they apply that to the pricing of this device.
I really hope that the non-3G model will be 250 and the one with 3G will be 300. I'd buy a non-3G if they were 50 more than that, but I refuse to drop more than 300 on a handheld device.
$350!!!!! Thanks Sony, but no thanks. I wouldn't pay $350 for a handheld system unless it could do dishes or fold laundry.
ill pay what must for this machine.....i will pay what i must.
Nice. And yes that price may be more then the PS3 but this system has the POWER of a PS3 and is PORTABLE! :D Going to be so COOL!!!
I guess I should be an analyst as that's the exact price range I predicted. With the specs, there's no way they can sell it for under $300 and I don't think they would try selling a handheld for $400.
sell it for the same price as the PSP GO. people would actually want to buy this one.
FYI, just because it is more powerful than s PS3 and portable, doesn't mean it'll take off by any means. The average consumer wants a portable device that is cheap and reliable. I want to love this more and more, but the PS3 was an awesome piece of technology when it first came out, but not a lot of people wanted to pay $600 for it.
I know I am being a skeptic, but sony has messed things up before on themselves, and I hope they do not.
That's a lot of money! I hope is worth it.