So finally the PSP2 has been revealed, and it has a new name, NGP. Think that will take a bit of getting used to but maybe Sony are trying to move away from the PSP brand as, let’s face it, so far has not been a success.
Before today I was sceptical about the PSP2. The PSP has always lagged behind the highly successful Nintendo DS as the PSP has limited marketing, a limited audience and not very many games supporting it. Even when Sony used Kevin Butler campaigns to try and boost the brand, it didn’t seem to help. You know something’s wrong when even the mighty Kevin Butler cannot save the day.
However, the NGP will be as powerful as a PS3, it will have trophies, it has an OLED screen…it all sounds pretty amazing and definitly good competition for the 3DS. Finally there is a competitor for the DS.
The only problem I can see with the NGP is the price. Will it be as expensive as a PS3? If people complained at the 3DS’ pricing then I can see a major uproar at the eventual pricing of the NGP. Still, it’s not coming out until Winter at least, so I guess we wait, observe and listen.
Almost every time a game is released the UK gets the short straw. The Europe store gets things last most of time, or sometimes not at all. If you make an American account you can see straight away how much more content they get than us loyal customers in Europe. This also happens with boxed game releases, notably with Little Big Planet 2.
When the the special collectors edition of LBP2 was announced in the US, I got very excited and was prepared the pay the extra money to get Sackboy book-ends, a soft Sackboy as well as a bunch of DLC extras. I couldn’t wait for it to be confirmed in the UK. Alas, when it was announced it was very disappointing indeed. All us faithful UK fans were getting was extra DLC. Yawn.
What’s partically irritating is that Media Molecule is a UK company, they’re based in Guildford! So why are we not getting as much as the Americans? Is it because Sony bought up Media Molecule? If so, I am disappointed by them. Sony must have millions of customers in Europe so please Sony, stop upsetting your faithful customers and treat us as equals.