The lights are on
I'm just about wrapping up my barrage of stories about Sony's newly-announced handheld, codenamed the NGP (next generation portable), but I was able to squeeze a few bits of new and clarified information out of my interview with Sony Computer Entertainment president of worldwide studios Shu Yoshida.
During the reveal of the device at the PlayStation Meeting 2011, Sony announced a "new game media" for use on the system. Yoshida clarified that the NGP will be using flash-based cartridges. I asked him whether digital distribution is still an important part of the company's portable strategy following the rocky PSPgo:
"Digital distribution’s role and scope and ratio of sales will definitely increase. It’s just a matter of time as people get faster Internet connections. So the role and importance of digital sales will increase. But at the same time, there are people who just want to buy a game at a store and plug and play. That’s why we decided to adopt the flash media format."
So it sounds like some NGP games will be downloadable via the PlayStation Store in addition to being sold at retail, as was the case with the PSP later in its life. A solution that works for everyone!
Yoshida also explained that there will technically be "two slots" for memory. You'll be able to save games on the regular game cart, assuming you purchased the physical copy of a game, or you can use a memory card that goes in a separate slot in the system. Presumably users will need to use these memory cards for downloading games as well. According to Yoshida, the memory cards are proprietary to the device rather than just regular SD cards -- likely a move to help avoid easy piracy.
Also for those who were wondering, Yoshida confirmed to me that NGP games will feature trophy support for your PlayStation Network account. I asked if the PlayStation Suite games that will be downloadable on the NGP as well as Android-based mobile devices will have trophies, but Yoshida said they aren't ready to talk about that yet.
sounds good. I'm looking forward to getting one hopefully
I'm liking everything I've read so far. Which is surprising considering I owned a PSP for only a week before returning it for a DS.
Wow....Sony has really stepped their handheld game up. I will purchase one but the problem now is the wait. Good way to fight piracy with the memory cards, that's pretty awesome. So if we have the option to purchase memory cards and flash memory games, I think Sony's price would be competative with the 3DS but the memory cards will cost more than expected...especially if they're needed to purchase games from the Sony store
Thus the UMD starts it's history as a slot in the timeline of failed media formats.
I actually liked it for quite a while, but I would rather have something that doesn't take so much battery to run. I bet those new memory cards are not going to be cheap.
I'm glad they are keeping physical media still.
Achievement Unlocked: Naa just messing with yea, It's a Trophy.
I hate digital, it has given me so problems...
Storage seems like something that Sony would badly screw up.
I was going to get a PS3 this year..... but nevermind NGP may earn my dollars this year.
i wonder if the two slots are the same. If you wanted to have 2 games in at once insted of one game and one multi-use flash memory, could you do it? if you wanted to have 2 32 GB flash cards, could you do it?