The Playstation Vita Catch-All

DSGamer wrote:
Aaron D. wrote:

I had my eye on 3DS until I realized that Nintendo was requiring that every title released on it be fully functional in 2D, both mechanically as well as visually. That's fine from a presentation perspective, but it essentially kills any opportunity to introduce innovation through 3D-exclusive gameplay design.

I kind of agree with you. While I want most games on the 3DS to be 3D-optional, it will be weird if they create a console with that as the selling point and never really use it. They might as well have just released the DS2.

Isn't that what they did, though? All that's required in a traditional system followup is more power and maybe a few more convenience features, and that's what the 3DS has, plus 3D. The only difference is they didn't call it the DS2. Nintendo seemed to give up boring (or conventional) naming conventions with the N64. Kinda.

After more careful consideration I think I'm in with the NGP as long as it's $349 or lower. I've started to regret not purchasing a PS3 when it became reasonably priced ($299) and it feels kinda late in the game to buy one now. I think starting with the next gen portables I'm going to just buy everything that the major platform holders make. Dollars to entertainment hours, none of them will likely end up being wasteful.

I knew the neogeo pocket would make a comeback.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/288503/news/sony-ngp-wont-kill-off-psp-yoshida/

PSP and NGP to co-exist in large part because of the cost of NGP. $400 release price confirmed.

Gamestop started taking preorders for $300. Not so sure we can confirm a price as of yet. Hell, we don't even know the things proper name.

DSGamer wrote:

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/288503/news/sony-ngp-wont-kill-off-psp-yoshida/

PSP and NGP to co-exist in large part because of the cost of NGP. $400 release price confirmed. :)

I'll raise you a Destructoid article that says features were cut from NGP to keep it affordable.

http://www.destructoid.com/sony-drop...

"I can't talk about a definitive price at this stage. But since the very beginning we had a target in mind. So, when considering various features, we always had our price range in mind," said SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida. "There were elements that we found pretty cool, but had to set aside to remain on target. It's a big lesson we learnt from the PS3. There's no point putting everything you want into a device and doing the math later. We always had the price and consumer in mind. We had to sell something that people could buy."

$299 for non 3G version confirmed. :p

Sony wrote:

We had to sell something that people could buy."

Oh, Sony.

This is really funny. Yoshida's quote from the article I linked.

"It can't replace a platform that has already been on sale for seven years now. In terms of pricing, we can't sell the NGP for the same price as a PSP. The PSP has become very affordable and popular, especially with younger generations.

"I think the NGP needs time to mature and get adopted by users," he added. "So, for the time being, both platforms will coexist."

So glad I bailed on my 3DS pre-order and dived headlong into the PSP.

I can't believe blogs post that kind of quote as *news.*

"Hey, guess what. We're bringing out a new system BUT new games will come out for our old one for a while."

So, the same thing that's been happening since 1990? Way to keep me on the pulse, guys.

The blog writers need to maintain their daily post quotas.

NGP Basic $499. Confirmed.

Jayhawker wrote:

NGP Basic $499. Confirmed.

QFT

trueheart78 wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

NGP Basic $499. Confirmed.

QFT

That's ridiculous!

I'm about to give Sony up, for they have let me down.

Thirteenth wrote:
trueheart78 wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

NGP Basic $499. Confirmed.

QFT

That's ridiculous!

I hate you guyssss

hbi2k wrote:

I'm about to give Sony up, for they have let me down.

Didn't click the link, did you?

hbi2k wrote:

I'm about to give Sony up, for they have let me down.

Cat, I'm a kitty cat... and I dance, dance, dance... and I dance, dance, dance...

garion333 wrote:
hbi2k wrote:

I'm about to give Sony up, for they have let me down.

Didn't click the link, did you?

I did run around to click that link, and it hurt me. That price point made me cry, and now I must say goodbye to the NGP....

[size=10]It's a joke, you see, because it's the lyrics to that other thing people link to when they want to trick you and... err... argh....[/size]

Evidently there's an embargo lifting today on a number of games. GAF has posted a mess of new screenshots: IMAGE(http://www.abload.de/img/13067567645j6e.png)IMAGE(http://www.abload.de/img/13067567653nwx.png)IMAGE(http://www.abload.de/img/1306756869krp4.jpg)IMAGE(http://www.abload.de/img/1306756972mmb9.jpg)

The price and release info is likely to come at E3. Based on those screens, I'm ashamed to admit that I'm willing to pay more than I should for it.

Is that last one "Home" on the NGP? I'm willing to pay quite a bit for it too. I love handheld gaming, though.

DSGamer wrote:

Is that last one "Home" on the NGP? I'm willing to pay quite a bit for it too. I love handheld gaming, though.

The GAF thread is already 15 pages of speculation. From the other screens, it looks like a stand-alone billiards game. I could be wrong, of course.

Another pic, probably of Super Stardust:
IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/F1gRB.jpg)

And now the hands-on stuff is coming out, starting with Uncharted: Golden Abyss from GiantBomb.

Vita is a ridiculous name. PSP2 would have been better.

Uncharted looks good and it sounds well developed for the NGP (or whatevs).

Anyone want to buy me one when it comes out? I don't have half a grand sitting around for a handheld.

DSGamer wrote:

Vita is a ridiculous name. PSP2 would have been better.

I can see why they want to leave PSP behind, and PSV is close enough to PSP to be viable as a brand. I might have gone with PlayStation Valhalla myself.

CptGlanton wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

Vita is a ridiculous name. PSP2 would have been better.

I can see why they want to leave PSP behind, and PSV is close enough to PSP to be viable as a brand. I might have gone with PlayStation Valhalla myself.

PSP may have a less than brilliant rep in the US, but for the rest of the world the PSP is a fine brand, isn't it?

I know that PSP did best in Japan, but I thought that was mainly due to Monster Hunter. I don't own one, so I haven't followed that closely. I was under the impression that PSP's negativity problem was partly with devs, who have been hurt by the well-known piracy problem.

CptGlanton wrote:

I know that PSP did best in Japan, but I thought that was mainly due to Monster Hunter. I don't own one, so I haven't followed that closely. I was under the impression that PSP's negativity problem was partly with devs, who have been hurt by the well-known piracy problem.

It was also big in Europe as far as I understand it. Wasn't thinking about the situation with devs. It makes sense to change the name if it's a concern that the PSP has a negative image because of piracy. Still, Vita?

I've gotten more than my money's worth from my launch PSP, so I've got a close eye on PSP2.

If they can get it to $299 I'll consider...maybe, but anything beyond that is out of my comfort zone.

Smart-phone gaming really has changed the 'gaming on the go' landscape over the past couple years, and while it's mostly not as deep as Nintendo/Sony handhelds, it's good enough to make $250 3DS and $300-$400 PSP2 purchase propositions seem quite foolhardy. Not to mention $30 and $40 for individual games.

Wipeout screenshot? Oh, screw you Sony. You're trying to hook me with the same thing that hooked me last time!

Spoiler:

It's working.

*Legion* wrote:

Wipeout screenshot? Oh, screw you Sony. You're trying to hook me with the same thing that hooked me last time!

Spoiler:

It's working.

Agreed, although I'm curious to get more detail on this. On the Playstation Blog they talked about the PSP2 version working with Wipeout on the PS3. I'm not entirely sure if they mean Wipeout HD Fury, a new expansion for Fury that will release at PSP2 time or if it'll be an entirely new Wipeout game. Oddly enough I just started playing Wipeout HD again and forgot how incredibly awesome it is

The pool game is most likely Hustle Kings, one of the announced games.

I'm hoping we'll see a new IP or two announced for this at E3. More Drake and Wipeout is great but I'd love to see something new, too. The small video clips shown so far look pretty incredible though.