Sony announced its NGP handheld gaming device earlier this year, finally laying to rest countless rumors with the reality of a new piece of tech that can essentially be encapsulated as “PlayStation 3 on the go.” with rumours surfacing today that Sony’s answer to the Nintendo 3DS may hit European shores on November 11th.
The deployment is said to culminate on November 11, the supposed release date. The company had already mentioned that the “goal is get at least one territory out by the end of holiday 2011?. But the electronics giant has not said anything regarding the place where the device would be launched. The company had declared at the time of announcing the device that it will be out during the fag end of 2011.
Sony’s handheld device is all-but confirmed to be releasing in Japan this year. If it were to do so in Europe and North America as well, it would be the first simultaneous games hardware launch ever for Sony. Time will tell though, and we’ll keep you posted.
Sony, being a Japan-based company, has traditionally launched its gaming hardware there first. A debut for the NGP in Europe isn’t impossible, but given the vague sourcing for this news it is probably best not to make any assumptions just yet. It is equally likely Europe will be just one part of a global launch. Or that the reports are simply inaccurate and Japan will lead the charge for the NGP’s release, as most have expected.
The Sony NGP comes with a slew of impressive specs. A five-inch, 16 million color 960×544 OLED touchscreen that caters to game-buffs, a quad-core processor based on ARM Cortex A9, twin cameras, twin speakers and twin analogue sticks as well complete the package.
Another interesting aspect we stumbled upon is that Sony will be pricing the NGP for an amount probably less than $599. The manufacturer has plans to bring out WiFi-only as well as 3G versions. Plans regarding cross-platform NGP and Android smartphone gaming are also in the offing, we guess.