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Sony NGP Predicted to Cost $299 to $349 for Wi-Fi Only Model According to EEDAR

Written on February 04, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Will analysis firm EEDAR stay on the mark with their projected Sony NGP prices? Only Sony themselves can tell.

With great specs, come great price tags. That seems to be the message is sending as it weighs in the () based on hardware and software cost and the likelihood of the console’s success. It might not be easy to swallow to some as the NGP is predicted to cost around $299 to $349, and that’s only for the Wi-Fi model. Though the analysis firm expresses optimism that the Sony NGP is on its way to “handsomely surpass sales of its predecessor, the PSP,” but it will still boil down on the long-term support from publishers and how competitive its price will be, especially compared to the Nintendo 3DS.

EEDAR has shared thoughts that some regions may not see a 3G version of the NGP, since Wi-Fi seems to be the growing trend according to sales statistics of Wi-Fi iPads in North America. The only regions that may demand a 3G version would be Europe and Asia, though speculations admit that a 3G NGP would only be useful for multiplayer and social functions and NOT large content downloads (there goes torrent).

EEDAR has also predicted that downloadable and retail games would be priced around $40 to $50 as reports state that “EEDAR is certain that the initial 18 months will produce significant hardware and software sales to support profitability for third‐party publishers.” The analysis company is all aching to know more about the NGP on the upcoming GDC, though they’re not hopeful of getting a hands-on opportunity until E3 2010.

The Sony NGP is the next generation portable of the Sony PlayStation Portable. It is touted to face head-on with the Nintendo 3DS during the holidays of 2011. With ample time to further develop and enhance the NGP, will it be prepared to face the might of the Nintendo 3DS?

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