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All NGP Games Available To Download

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All NGP Games Available To Download

In the same week as the Nintendo 3DS is set to launch here in the UK, Sony has been talking about it’s NGP and how it will be prioritising digital delivery of content.

Launched at the end of January, the NGP (or PSP 2 as it may well be called) won’t go on sale until the end of the year and obviously we will be hearing a lot about it in the mean time. In an interview with MCV Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) chief Andrew House has spoken about the reasons for moving away from UMD, why digital versions of games are the future and how PlayStaiton Suite will open up the PlayStation platform.

In relation to UMD which was the delivery method of choice for the original PSP, House said that not having a disc-drive reduced bulk and weight and makes the NGP more power efficient. He went on to talk about digital delivery of games, stating that “all games that appear physically will be made available digitally.”

While every title will be available digitally, not all will be available physically and it will be a matter of cutting your cloth to suit your needs in relation to each title. “Clearly if you have big blockbuster games, then downloading them is perhaps not the best experience. And having the option of a digital-only method affords more creative risk-taking, and that’s because you don’t-have that in-built risk of physical inventory.”

Speaking about the PlayStation Suite, House said that between the hard-core gamers who will be the early adopters of the NGP, and those playing casual mobile games there sits a group of people who want content which PlayStation Suite will provide. “An audience that wants a more quality gaming experience than they currently get from the mobile space – but they want the convenience of having that on their smartphone.”

House didn’t rule out PlayStation Suite becoming available on devices other than Android smartphones but added: “There is a need to focus our strategy initially, and we feel that Android gives us broad enough scope for this first phase.” So don’t expect to see an iPhone PlayStation app any time soon.

Source: MCV

Bruce Jefferies

March 21, 2011, 8:36 pm

Ah, but the crucial question is will all PSP titles be made available for download? There's quite a selection already, but a few glaring exceptions. This is central to my decision to buy a NGP or not. Backwards compatibility is one of the most important features of a next generation console. I hope Sony realise this.

Armin

March 21, 2011, 11:10 pm

This is what I have been waiting for. I don't know why it takes so long to make logical decisions such as this one but handhelds and digital distribution go hand in hand. I may actually get my first Sony handheld if they follow through with this.

mistrip

March 22, 2011, 3:05 am

I don't mind digital distribution, but it does make it impossible to sell things on or lend them to friends (maybe that's the idea). I guess as long as you can buy things in some physical form i will be happy.

Denis iii

March 23, 2011, 2:31 pm

I will purchase one...
- if old PSP titles are available to purchase or download if you already own on cartridge
- if it is priced at around 150quid
- if games prices are reasonable ie: not 30quid for Tetris!

Interzone

March 23, 2011, 4:29 pm

£150 - no chance!

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