Sony, you crazy fool, you darn near ate up our whole working day yesterday with your new
wildly mildly popular PSP handheld console has a whopping great 5-inch screen, and a touch-sensitive trackpad around the back.
The bad news is it won't be hitting shops until Christmas, which is such a long time away that we were initially tempted to type 'long' using about 20 'o's before remembering we're not 12 any more. We're in two minds about the NGP, so we asked our loyal Facebook contingent for their opinions...
Fiv Scholarios says, "Looks swish and sounds like a beast, but waiting 'til Christmas 2011? Sounds like Sony picked up some of Sony Ericsson's bad habits." Fiv, we quite agree. It's also a little odd that Sony is also about to unleash a separate(now called the ). As Andrew Palmer gracefully intones, "Why not just get the Xperia Play?"
Craig Lynn agrees with the late release being a bad idea: "Seems daft releasing it at Xmas, it'll be priced at a huge premium whereas if they'd launched it at summer then had a price cut at Xmas, they would sell so much more!"
This Craig chap seems to have a business head on his shoulders. Craig, fancy helping out with our tax return?
Liam Daly likes that classic PlayStation games will be hitting Android (courtesy of ), and says it "should give Apple a run for their money" -- indeed, the mobile gaming world is in for a huge shake-up this year.
Facebook regular Dominic Walliman is (justifiably) concerned about the price, considering Sony's history. "My guess £299," he reckons, and correctly points out, "You can buy a Spider-Man Robosapien for £45... just sayin'..."
, reader skapete notes the NGP looks, "Nice, but huuuuge!" And we can't disagree -- this is a device that pushes the definition of 'handheld'. One anonymous commenter says this is "far far too late. Only fans of new toys need apply, every touchscreen mobile phone has this beat," whereas David Park simply says, "Want."
Another anonymous user is defiant in the face of our concerns that not being able to see that rear trackpad might make using it tricky, fairly pointing out, "How often do you need to stare at your fingers when using a trackpad on your laptop?"
Back to Facebook, where Sujjaad Rashid simply states, "looks brill".
So a mixed response then. Sticking points seem to be a late release date and the fact that phone gaming may be so far advanced by the time the NGP hits the shops, there's no point in shelling out for a dedicated gaming device.
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