Japan Earthquake Could Cause Delay of Sony NGP
Sony's powerful new hand-held gaming console could see significant delays because of complications from the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton told Bloomberg the production problems as a result of the natural disasters meant Sony would likely be forced to release its Next Generation Portable (NGP) console in only one market, instead of the planned release in Asia, Europe and the U.S. in time for the holiday shopping season.
This isn't unprecedented, though. The NGP's predecessor, the PSP, was released in Japan in late 2004, but North American and European releases were staggered in 2005.
There is still no specific date set for the release of the Sony NGP, and Tretton did not elaborate on what kind of delays each region could expect, or even which region would be the first to see NGP sales.
The Sony NGP , which is merely a placeholder name until the official name is decided upon, will have a touch-sensitive screen in front and a touchpad in back in addition to the standard game controls. It will feature a 5-inch high-resolution screen and a quad-core processor with integrated graphics.