NGP unveiling – my thoughts…

After the unveiling of the Sony NGP I can safely say that is a gamer’s wet dream come true. Sony has responded to fans’ requests to provide a portable console with touch screen, dual analog sticks and motion control.

After the unveiling of the Sony NGP I can safely say that is a gamer’s wet dream come true. Sony has responded to fans’ requests to provide a portable console with touch screen, dual analog sticks and motion control. Also, added are two cameras, gyro sensor, touch back panel with a larger screen.

One question remains for me will the NGP support Android OS?

The hardware under the hood certainly suggests the NGP is more than capable of running Android OS. Although, I doubt this will be the main framework that the NGP is built around. The 4 cell processor similar to the PS3’s 8 cell processor leaves a mouth watering prospect of playing some huge blockbuster games translated straight from the PS3’s library. Couple this with re-releases of key first gen PSP titles that a lot of consumers may have missed only adds to the excitement. The only thing missing is 3D – but I can see why this hasn’t been the focus. All Playstation consoles start off as power house monsters and adding 3D would have severely increased costs and would have a detrimental effect on the graphical capability. However, Nintendo on the other hand tend to couple their hardware with key software in mind.

I would assume that this console will initially retail around £250 in line with the current 3DS console although over time it will eventually reduce in price and replace the original PSP as their main portable platform. My only concern is how this will be marketed and compete with the various devices that the original PSP didn’t have to contend with.

Nintendo e3 2010

I made the ballsy move and purchased an IPAD. I fell in love with this device straightaway. I have owned various PC’s, MAC’s and portable touch screen devices over the years and I will try to justify what makes this essential and different. This is not just an oversized Iphone which many have stamped this with.

After streaming the Nintendo e3 I was left feeling elated. The past few years Nintendo have been dismissive of the hardcore gamers and chasing after the casual crowd. This year changed all that. There were no new franchises announced which is good and bad.

Nintendo unveiled the latest demo of Zelda skyward sword using the motion plus. Granted this didn’t look like nothing ground breaking but I am hopefully nonetheless. Also, Nintendo unveiled kirby’s epic yarn and confirmed that 2d gaming is truly back. Graphically Kirby looks amazing using fabric type textures. A remake of goldeneye by activation was also announced. I remain sceptical on this one and don’t they will be able to reinvigorate this title bearing in mind there are some great first person shooters currently out there.

The unveiling of the 3ds with no glasses required had people puzzled but post keynote the response was positive. Once people got a chance to experience it for themselves however the hype went sky high. I am not impressed with the appearance of the unit and in my eyes looks slightly ugly compared to the Nintendo dsi’s sleek lines. A bunch of games were announced for the system such as a remake of Zelda ocarina of time, pilotwings, final fantasy, dragon quest, metals gear snake eater among others. I am sure there will be a Mario game as well.

Overall Nintendo did well this time and won many more gamers who are looking for the next gen portable device.