Rumor: Sony to change tech specs for NGP console?

Sony may be changing some of the technical specs for its next portable console in order to compete with Nintendo's new 3DS device. IndustryGamers.com states that a French language web site named 01net reports via unnamed sources that Sony's NGP console could have its RAM amounts cut down by half. The report says the base model will have the RAM amount cut down from 512MB to 256MB. In addition, the site reports that the base model, which won't have 3G wireless connections, also won't have any internal flash memory. Instead the NGP base model will have an external memory set up, according to the reports.

Sony first announced its plans to launch the NGP (Next Generation Portable) console in January 2011. The first true successor to Sony's Playstation Portable (PSP) console, the company announced at the time that the NGP will be released sometime before the end of 2011. In addition to the game console features such as dual analog sticks, the NGP will have a number of smartphone-like features such as a five inch multitouch screen, a front and rear camera set up and support for both 3G and WiFi wireless connections. NGP game titles will be provided via Flash-based memory cards. It will also have access to the Playstation Network and will also be able to play PSP games, Playstation 1 titles and more.

At this time, Sony has yet to reveal a pricing model for the NGP (the final name for the console is expected to be different). More info should be revealed at E3 2011 in less than two weeks.

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ChazZeromus said,
NGP is screaming to have android installed onto it. I'm wondering what sort of marketing model that would entail.

getting sued would be my guess?

well yet again, just because the specs are high, it doesn't mean it will be truely faster. Like the PS3, the specs are better than xbox 360 and still the ps3 had some loading/lag issues.

garychencool said,
well yet again, just because the specs are high, it doesn't mean it will be truely faster. Like the PS3, the specs are better than xbox 360 and still the ps3 had some loading/lag issues.

that has nothing to do with the hardware (well i guess it kinda does). it has to do with the developpers making a shotty game (because the hardware is damn hard to code for)

rajputwarrior said,

that has nothing to do with the hardware (well i guess it kinda does). it has to do with the developpers making a shotty game (because the hardware is damn hard to code for)
I wouldn't say hard to code for, just different. Most developers just don't want to spend the additional time on just one console.

garychencool said,
well yet again, just because the specs are high, it doesn't mean it will be truely faster. Like the PS3, the specs are better than xbox 360 and still the ps3 had some loading/lag issues.

No, actually it WILL be if specs are higher. Logically the loading time should be too. Now think why isn't it? Perhaps a badly done game.

rajputwarrior said,

that has nothing to do with the hardware (well i guess it kinda does). it has to do with the developpers making a shotty game (because the hardware is damn hard to code for)

load times are longer because of slow blu-ray drive mostly. a DVD drive is so much faster to read from.

Shadowzz said,

load times are longer because of slow blu-ray drive mostly. a DVD drive is so much faster to read from.

Just wait till they start rolling out faster blu-rays but isnt it fast because I mean a HD movie runs at 24 MB/s. I guess it's fast enough.....?

TBH, I really saw the specs as all it had going for it against the 3DS... if they do this my preference of the 3DS will be solidified...

Before any naysayers start trolling, the most important thing to note is that it will still have 128Mb of VRAM, its just the system RAM thats cut, another thing to note is that theyve reduced the OS footprint to just 26Mb so performance difference will be negligable but will be able to offer an SKU that comes close to 3DS pricing which is excellent news.

Jenson said,
Before any naysayers start trolling, the most important thing to note is that it will still have 128Mb of VRAM, its just the system RAM thats cut, another thing to note is that theyve reduced the OS footprint to just 26Mb so performance difference will be negligable but will be able to offer an SKU that comes close to 3DS pricing which is excellent news.

See, I had no idea about that. I assumed it was the overall amount of RAM that's coming down to 256MB - that should have been put in the article. 512MB of system RAM for a portable device is overkill really, even the PS3 only has 256MB. As for only having 128MB of RAM, well, that's fine. Graphically that's what they've been working with all this time and it hasn't done them any harm.

Jenson said,
Before any naysayers start trolling, the most important thing to note is that it will still have 128Mb of VRAM, its just the system RAM thats cut, another thing to note is that theyve reduced the OS footprint to just 26Mb so performance difference will be negligable but will be able to offer an SKU that comes close to 3DS pricing which is excellent news.

eh.. i understand this somewhat, but i think in this case they should have two models, the cheap one and the more expensive one for techy people.

RAM is cheap, surely this won't really help them cut costs? Unless they're using some sort of special expensive RAM...

_DP said,
RAM is cheap, surely this won't really help them cut costs? Unless they're using some sort of special expensive RAM...

Its not just the ram, they have allegedly cut the 16Gb of Flash as well in favour or cheaper external storage.

They could remove some of the unnecessary features so that the device could be more affordable, like the touchpad on the grip. Other than that it seems like it will be a great powerful device but I would like them to keep that 512mb ram. My cell phone has more than 256mb of ram.

Biglo said,
They could remove some of the unnecessary features so that the device could be more affordable, like the touchpad on the grip. Other than that it seems like it will be a great powerful device but I would like them to keep that 512mb ram. My cell phone has more than 256mb of ram.

Your phone has loads of overheads, Sony can tailor the OS to the hardware, the OS footprint is only 26Mb.

Biglo said,
They could remove some of the unnecessary features so that the device could be more affordable, like the touchpad on the grip. Other than that it seems like it will be a great powerful device but I would like them to keep that 512mb ram. My cell phone has more than 256mb of ram.

The touchpad will be used in games, so no, can't remove that.