Sony's NGP unable to 'compete' with app store

News Ben Griffin 11:57, 2 Mar 2011

Ngmoco's CEO has said the Sony NGP is 'dead on arrival' and the Nintendo 3DS is 'gimmicky'

In an interview with Industry Gamers, Neil Young, CEO of developer and publishing house ngmoco, has said Sony's forthcoming NGP (Next Generation Portable) handheld will be 'dead on arrival' and the Nintendo 3DS is 'gimmicky'.

"I think Nintendo will likely be competitive. My personal opinion is that the 3D piece of the puzzle is kind of gimmicky. But Nintendo has great franchises and there are tens of millions of people who want to participate in those franchises, so that always helps."

He also went on to say how difficult it will be for dedicated handheld consoles to compete with the App Store and its massively cheaper games library.

"It's really difficult to compete with an app store that has hundreds of thousands of applications and a wide range of options where the average price paid is around $1.20 and there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of free applications that are really high quality... I just don't think Sony's going to be able to compete with that.”

IG responded with the argument that Sony would argue its PS3-like abilities will help it sell.

Young retorted: "It's not a PS3 quality experience... And in terms of getting broad adoption, having great processing power is not necessarily a prerequisite for great adoption in the marketplace."

He added: "You need a range of things and what I think the iPod Touch and iPhone have been able to do is offer people swiss army knife type functionality for a device that plays games really well. It's not like it's crap at playing games – it's pretty good at playing games and it can do a whole bunch of other things as well."

Our two cents? We get the feeling the combined forces of ever-impressive mobile gaming experiences, hugely competitive pricing and the first dedicated-gaming smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, will contribute to the death of the Gameboy / PSP era.

Source: Industry Gamers

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