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Friday, 11 February 2011 09:35

Sony NGP (PSP2) to be $299?

Written by David Stellmack
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GameStop taking pre-orders at that price
From the land of GameStop our often correct leakers tell us that the Next Generation Portable (or PSP2, if you will) from Sony will be sold for $299, according to what is currently in the company’s computer system. Of course, this is much lower and a better value than the place holder price of $999, which was previously the amount that was shown in the system.

While you can’t believe everything you read we have to suggest that if the $299 price is correct, it has to be the Wi-Fi model and does not include much beyond the unit itself and the battery. Our sources continue to tell us that a $299 price is only possible for Sony if they are willing to lose some money on the device, and a $349 price tag is far more likely.

You never know how something like this will shake out, but we suspect that while the price may be accurate in the GameStop system, it might move up or down before release day. The important thing, however, is that they are accepting pre-orders; but no one seems to know exactly when the units will be released in North America. We know for certain that they will be here this holiday season.

Sources continue to say that Sony will announce the actual release information during their press conference at E3.


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+18 #1 Regenweald 2011-02-11 09:43
From what I've seen of this device, 299 would be a freaking steal. I really doubt that is the retail price though, also, isn't the NGP due late this year ? pre-orders are a bit premature.

Anyway, if that thing launches at 299, I'm getting one for everyone in the house. The preview video has me totally sold.
 
 
+8 #2 loadwick 2011-02-11 10:21
Does nobody else agree with me that Sony should have waited to use 28nm cpu's and gpu's for this. Yes, they will have missed xmas 2011 but at the same time would add 2 years to the device's life as it could be so much more powerful and so much less power hungry. Not to mention cheaper to make, better battery life, possibly smaller. It would be win-freakin-win baby!

I think if you have waiting over 10 years for the PSP to get a replacent another few months ain't going to hurt much!
 
 
+13 #3 Pyronick 2011-02-11 10:53
Quoting loadwick:
Does nobody else agree with me that Sony should have waited to use 28nm cpu's and gpu's for this. Yes, they will have missed xmas 2011 but at the same time would add 2 years to the device's life as it could be so much more powerful and so much less power hungry. Not to mention cheaper to make, better battery life, possibly smaller. It would be win-freakin-win baby!

I think if you have waiting over 10 years for the PSP to get a replacent another few months ain't going to hurt much!
Sony can always moving chip production to 28nm if they want to.

Just like they decreased the PS3 chip sizes.
 
 
+3 #4 loadwick 2011-02-11 11:09
Yeah but that wouldn't make it faster. So six months later when you could have 4 cores running at +2GHz and graphics 5x the current GPU power but instead all they can do is make the chip smaller and run it at the same speed.
 
 
+3 #5 123s 2011-02-11 11:38
300 bucks seems pretty reasonable for wife only, hope they´ll make a model like Go with 28nm, the current one is bit too big and probably got shitty battery life.

Why should it be any powerful ? Even the PSP was fast enough to run PS2 games just couldnt because of the controls, now when there is no issue with that it easy can run PS1, PS2, PS3 games and probably even emulate DS and mobile games on it.
 
 
0 #6 Cartman 2011-02-11 11:49
Anyone knows what gpu will be in it?
 
 
-2 #7 loadwick 2011-02-11 12:01
Quoting 123s:
Why should it be any powerful ?


Everyone likes more power. What if games developers get started on ray-tracing or some other new fade that needs a lot of cpu and gpu power? Its just nice to have it there when needed. I know on such a small device its hard to get the most out of it but i think we can all agree that at some point the future we will be saying 'when will Son'y replace the NGP/PSP2 its so slow?'. I am just saying if they waited until 28nm to release this machine they would get another year or 2 before people started saying that.
 
 
+2 #8 guideX 2011-02-11 13:20
Quoting loadwick:
Yeah but that wouldn't make it faster. So six months later when you could have 4 cores running at +2GHz and graphics 5x the current GPU power but instead all they can do is make the chip smaller and run it at the same speed.


That's also a decent point, but again there is a rebuttal. Have you been looking at PSP sales year on year? Last year the PSP had a crappy year and that was only against a rehashed Nintendo DS (DSI XL).. What do you think would have happened if Sony let the 3DS have an entire year on the dwindling PSP 1?

The PSP name would have been forgotten. You are also forgetting that Sony did not go with a dual core here... they went quad core making up for the clock differences achievable at a 28nm CMOS.
 
 
+3 #9 123s 2011-02-11 13:25
Even if they would wait till that,there is no way it would be powerful for that in 28nm, even todays pc high end hardware is too slow for full ray tracing. Best thing it could reach with 28nm (with same power consumption as it is now) would be full PS3 power. I´ll prefer the current power but longer battery time over that.
...and smaller format like Go, so i can abuse it as mp3 player too. Wonder if its 32nm or even 40 atm.

@Cartman
SGX543MP4+

but why there are no infos about RAM though, from the look of it its 1GB min
 
 
0 #10 TechHog 2011-02-11 14:13
I really doubt it's $300. That's only $50 more than the 3DS, so they probably would have announced it at that price from the start to put an immediate halt to the 3DS hype (since there's a 100% chance that it'll destroy it at that price while also remaining competitive against the iPod Touch).
 

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