Somehow, somewhere, someone said that the NGP could rival the PlayStation 3 in performance, leaving many to speculate that the NGP had hardware on par with a PS3. Why that didn’t sound immediately retarded to everyone is a mystery, but luckily Sony Platform Research Manager David Coombes set the record straight at GDC.
Some people in the press have said wow, this thing… could be as powerful as PS3. Well, it’s not going to run at 2GHz because the battery would last five minutes,” Coombes said, “and it would probably set fire to your pants.”
So there you go. Coombes also shared some hardware details for the platform, but didn’t delve into too many specifics. The NGP game cards will offer either 4GB or 8GB of storage, which he compares to the typical 9GB size of a PlayStation 3 game. This is not to be confused with the actual capacity of a blu-ray disk, which can hold 25GB single-layer, and 50GB dual-layer.
As previously indicated, the NGP will come in two hardware versions – one supports just wifi and the other supports wifi and 3G. Some games are planned for location-based gameplay, either with the GPS that will come with the 3G variant of the hardware, or via wifi and Skyhook which can triangulate your position based on a wifi network database.
Coombs also revealed that the NGP can detect how hard a user is pressing on its touch panels, though it merely measures the circumference of contact rather than the actual pressure of the push. You guys with sausage fingers might have some issues, then.