As widely expected, Sony debuted their next mobile gaming device earlier today in Japan. Rumors have run hot and heavy over the last few months about what the so-called and elements of the PlayStation Meeting presentation have borne out some of the speculation.
From Time, Techland
Codenamed NGP for Next Generation Portable, the handheld sports two analog joysticks, a purported first for such a gaming system. It also boasts a five-inch OLED touchscreen and a corresponding touch panel on the rear of the unit. The NGP's looks harken back to the first Playstation models, while The 3G connectivity that was first reported last year gets paired up with WiFi to create an ideally seamless online experience. Games (and presumably other content) will live on a new Flash cartridge format, which will co-exist in conjunction with digital distribution methods. The NGP's elongated oval look harkens back to the industrial design of the earliest PSP model, leaving the flat, compact aesthetics of the PSPGo to languish.
Read the rest of the article here: http://techland.time.com/2011/01/27/sony-unveils-the-ngp-the-next-evolution-of-portable-playstation-hardware/?xid=sflow
In a 2 paragraph response (a minimum of 5 sentences for each paragraph), answer the following questions. In paragraph # 1, provide your initial thoughts on this new product? What do you like, dislike, and why? Is it a product you would consider purchasing? Why or why not? Be specific with your thougths.
In paragraph # 2, discuss the potential impact this new product might have on the gaming industry? What current products will be the NGP's top competition? Be specific with your thoughts.
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