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Video: Kaz Hirai on the NGP - Next Generation Portable from Sony

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191w ago - Today Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared a video interview with Kaz Hirai on the NGP - Next Generation Portable from Sony.

To quote: The day we announced the Next Generation Portable, or NGP, was quite an eventful one.

You might have followed the live blog, read the message on the Blog from SCEA CEO Jack Tretton, seen the topics trending on Twitter (6 out of 10 worldwide at one point!), or read the hands-on impressions.

At the very end of the day, I had a chance to catch up with Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.





While I knew I'd be unable to gather any more details than what was announced earlier in the day, I was curious about the broader aspects of the news: Why announce NGP now? Where does it fit into the PlayStation console life cycle philosophy?

How did publishing partners like [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] get involved in the announcement? I hope you enjoy hearing these answers in detail directly from Mr. Hirai.
 

Sony Unveils Next Generation Portable (NGP) Console with Specs

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192w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] has now confirmed that Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) console will utilize NVG cards to provide an extra layer of security, to quote:

"NGP games will come on an 'NVG card', a flash based memory system that will also be able to store downloadable content. When pressed, Hirai said the NVG card was developed to 'add an extra layer of security' in order to deter piracy, a hot topic after recent PlayStation 3 hacks."

Today Sony President and CEO Jack Tretton has unveiled the Next Generation Portable (NGP) handheld PSP2 console followed by details and NGP pictures from Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein below!

To quote: PlayStation fans across North America will be waking up to some exciting news tomorrow.

At PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Japan a few moments ago, Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, SCEI, introduced the world to the newest addition to the PlayStation product family and the future of portable gaming: currently codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable).
 

What is the Scariest Video Game of This Generation to Date?

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269w ago - There hasn't really been that many horror games so far this generation, and there have been even less really scary ones.

Games such as Siren: Blood Curse, Alone in the Dark - Inferno and Jericho were disappointing and Silent Hill: Homecoming continued the series' habit of being mediocre since the first few games, and it's left us with few horror games.

The few games we're left with are Resident Evil 5, Condemned 2: Bloodshot, FEAR 2, Left 4 Dead and Dead Space.

To quote: Resident Evil 5 isn't so much a horror game than an action game, now, with revamped controls that stop you from moving whilst aiming in an attempt to artificially ramp up the tension.

Condemned 2 is a scary game. The emphasis on first person melee fighting makes it relatively unique and the atmosphere making every corner a dreaded turn into what could be anything from an addict with a pipe to some kind of monster that rises out of the ground.

In Dead Space the necromorphs are horrifying. They're misshappen, ugly figures that do a great job of making you swear and, whilst they move slowly, you can shoot their arms off and they'll keep coming.

FEAR 2 brought the whole formula back and kept it pretty much the same. This might have been fine, except that the game was somehow...
 

Will Microsoft Introduce a New Console Next Generation?

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270w ago - Recently it was [Register or Login to view links] the Xbox division of Microsoft suffered a loss of $130 million in Q4 and how Microsoft is still operating at a loss.

Many have heard, read, and experienced the devastating reports and effects of the RROD, which are still taking place with the Microsoft Xbox 360 console.

Let me be clear, the Red Ring Of Death is not occurring at the alarming rate as it was at launch, but as stated it's not a resolved issue... a design flaw.

In fairness to Microsoft, Sony is not doing too well at the moment either. They will be [Register or Login to view links] a massive loss of 2.9 billion, the first operating loss Sony has had in 14 years, but it does not state how the games division account for this shortfall.

The difference I see in the two consoles is not the games, because that is a personal preference to each individual game. No one can be better than the other in that category, so I tend to look at what either system is selling me as a consumer.

On one end you have Kaz Hirai of Sony. I personally find him very cocky: "The next generation doesn't start until we say it does" -Kaz Hirai, Sony.

Then you have the...
 

Farewell Analog TV, Make Way for the DTV Generation

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277w ago - According to Yahoo news, TV stations began cutting their analog signals this morning, but many have opted to wait until the evening.

That being said, if you still own an analog TV set and wish to continue using it be sure to drop by [Register or Login to view links] to get a coupon for the now-required converter box.

There are also DTV FAQs available [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] for those interested.

The only part I dislike about going digital is that portable TVs (such as the [Register or Login to view links]) are now a thing of the past.

To quote: Research firm SmithGeiger LLC said Thursday that about 2.2 million households were still unprepared around the beginning of June. Sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters, it surveyed 948 households that relied on antennas and found that 1 in 8 had not connected a digital TV or digital converter box.

"We know some viewers will wait until the very last minute, or even after June 12, until they take action," said Paul Karpowicz, second vice chair of the television board of the NAB.

Stations will start cutting their analog signals Friday morning,...
 
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