Archive for the ‘PSP’ Category
When Sony hacked $50 from the PSP Go’s price earlier this week, it didn’t exactly trumpet the news, and now it’s looking like a permanent $150 MSRP for the UMD-less handheld was too good to be true. Text across Sony’s website has silently been changed to reflect a $199.99 price point for both colors of the sliding-screen system, and there seems to be no remaining evidence that Sony ever dropped the price at all. Still, we imagine it’s only a matter of time before such a price cut becomes officially official, as the PSP-3000’s the no-brainer choice if you’re buying a PSP right now — it’s a full $70 cheaper than the less-capable Go.
[Thanks, Phil F.]
It may not be the first time you’ve been able to snag a PSP Go for $150, but you can now rest assured that you’ll never pay anything more than that, as Sony has officially knocked another $50 off the handheld’s list price. That follows a similar $50 price drop back in October (not to mention a $40 price cut to the regular PSP just last week), although that doesn’t seem to have done a whole lot to boost sales of the download-only device. Will this new low, low price make a bigger difference? And, if not, how much lower can it go before a certain quad-core monster really makes its presence felt?
In all honesty, you would expect the leader of a team concerned exclusively with producing games for smartphone platforms like iOS and Android to be dismissive of a new dedicated handheld console’s chances, but it’s still jarring to hear such a strident dismissal of the Sony NGP‘s chances. In an interview at GDC this year — yes, the same place where we were treated to some very impressive demos of the NGP’s performance — ngmoco CEO Neil Young has expressed his belief that Sony’s next PSP will be “dead on arrival.” Claiming that the new portable will be incapable of competing with the rich ecosystems and affordable pricing models that smartphones now offer, Young says not even the crazy specs or PS3-like gaming will help the NGP survive. This echoes comments from Satoru Iwata last year saying that Apple, not Sony, is the “enemy of the future” for handheld consoles, though Young does close off on a positive note, saying that he sees brighter prospects for the 3DS thanks to Nintendo’s rich collection of own-brand franchises and reserves of fan loyalty. So that’s it, folks, better start selling those Sony shares while they’re still worth something! Or not, it’s up to you.
The headline just about says it all — we’ve got some new footage (as opposed to what we’ve seen before) of Sony’s NGP for all you gamers to drool over. Today at GDC 2011, we saw a live demo of Uncharted, Little Deviants, and the NGP’s augmented reality capabilities. We were, once again, impressed by Sony’s latest piece of gaming hardware, but don’t take our word for it, see for yourself in video footage above and after the break. And, oh-by-the-way, we gleaned a few new tidbits about the handheld powerhouse that developers may want to know — retail game cartridges will be only 2GB or 4GB in size (notable because the average PS3 title is 9GB), and Sony recommends that devs looking to port PS3 titles to the NGP should simplify their models, shaders and textures to make them work. Now if only Sony would spill the beans about how much the thing’ll cost.
Update: We didn’t completely care for how our original Uncharted footage looked, so we uploaded a slightly higher-quality version. Enjoy!
LA lovers of things that Keep it Real Fake, finding your next knockoff might be a little harder than anticipated. The Los Angeles police just busted a warehouse full of knock-offs, things like GiPhones, iPhoncs, PNPs, and Poops. Among all this junk, some $10 million worth, two dudes were found and arrested — two dudes who had records showing more than $7 million in profits. It seems KIRFing does pay, for a little while at least.