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NGP Will Be "Dead On Arrival" And 3DS Is "Gimmicky"

David Gilbert


NGP Will Be "Dead On Arrival" And 3DS Is "Gimmicky"

One of the leading games publishers on smartphones has decided to take the opportunity to deride both Sony’s next-gen handheld console and Nintendo’s third-dimension touting device.

Neil Young, CEO of ngmoco took the stage at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and proceeded to rain on Sony and Nintendo’s parade from a great height. “I think they are hurt; I think they're clearly hurt,” Young said of the 3DS and NGP. “I think PSP is done and the new {NGP} is dead on arrival. It's really difficult to compete with an app store that has hundreds of thousands of applications and a wide range of options where the average price paid is around $1.20 and there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of free applications that are really high quality. So I just don't think Sony's going to be able to compete with that.”

Even when asked about the processing power of the quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and quad-core Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU inside the NGP, Young didn’t flinch: "It's not a PS3 quality experience... And in terms of getting broad adoption, having great processing power is not necessarily a prerequisite for great adoption in the marketplace. You need a range of things and what I think the iPod Touch and iPhone have been able to do is offer people Swiss army knife type functionality for a device that plays games really well.”

Turning his attention to the 3DS, Young was less harsh in his appraisal of the prospects for the handheld which launched in Japan last weekend: "I think Nintendo will likely be competitive. My personal opinion is that the 3D piece of the puzzle is kind of gimmicky. But Nintendo has great franchises and there are tens of millions of people who want to participate in those franchises, so that always helps.” So kind of him.

Of course Mr Young could have been reading our article about the PSP2 last October which posited a similar position. With the advent of dual-core smartphones and the launch of the Xperia Play, there is no doubt that gaming on mobile phones has a future, but we’re not sure if Young’s point of view is entirely accurate and his vested interest in the smartphone platform may have skewed his views somewhat.

Source:Industry Gamers

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