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.