Here’s an interesting piece of information for you. It turns out Sony does learn from their mistakes. For all of you who looked on as Sony announced the PS3’s launch price in horror, relax because if Sony Computer Entertainment worldwide studios head honcho Shuhei Yoshida is telling us the truth, the price of the NGP won’t be quite so steep. Here’s what he had to say during an interview with Edge Magazine.
“There were elements that we found pretty cool, but had to set aside to remain on target. It’s a big lesson we learnt from the PS3. There’s no point putting everything you want into a device and doing the math later. We had to sell something that people could buy,” albeit adding that Sony “can’t sell the NGP for the same price as a PSP”.
I think this information goes without saying, because if Sony wants to be successful with their new handheld, they’re going to have to price it between $250 and $300USD. Any more and it’s game over before it even begins. The magic number is $249.99, but for some reason I just can’t see Sony doing that. I remember like yesterday when Sony announced the launch price of the PS3 and the whole room gasped. I’d like to see something similar, but in reverse. I’d love to see Sony come out and announce a price point of $250. I don’t think anyone really expects it to retail for that low.
The question I have for all of you is, what features do you think Sony removed? I can think of a 1080p HD screen or a Retina Display clone for example. Perhaps an insanely large hard drive? What do you think?