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Development Environment For NGP: "As Easy As Possible"

When it first launches, PlayStation hardware is notoriously difficult to develop for, as the world knows. But Sony says they're "learning," and their new portable won't be such a mystery.

In speaking to Edge, Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida mentioned that porting PlayStation 3 games to the NGP is "simple and quick" and that's due to one big reason: Sony made the development environment for the PSP's successor "as easy as possible:"

"We were very focused on this area from the start. This is, again, a lesson learnt from the PS3. We had to make the development environment for NGP as 'easy' as possible. Today, many teams are familiar with the PS3 and are used to including a variety of effects in their titles.

Based on this expertise - and also the working habits they developed working on the PS3 - we had to make development on the NGP as natural as possible - an extension of the PS3, if you will."

Yoshida goes on to mention the three PS3 demos we've seen running on the NGP (Lost Planet 2, Yakuza, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots), which prove the "simple and quick" statement. But of course, he's quick to add that the NGP isn't just about making PS3 games portable; it's just a nice feature that gets added to the many other features.

We have seen Killzone and Uncharted as well - remember, stuff like MGS4 on the NGP were just demos to show off the NGP's power and potential - so we have confidence designers are well equipped to handle the unit. Let's just hope third-party devs are in the same boat...

Tags: ngp, next generation portable, ps3, ngp games

2/11/2011 10:35:57 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (38 posts)

Veitsknight
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 10:54:46 AM
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NGP = PS3 on the go! HAHAHAHA

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godsman
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 1:06:04 PM

I think the NGP probably fits the name PSP Go more. Probably have to call it PSP 2 Go now.

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Highlander
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 10:56:42 AM
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This is one of the many reasons why the NGP/PSP2/whatever will out-do the original PSP in market success.

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godsman
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:45:28 PM

Maybe we should list the reasons why PSP2 will be a better success, or maybe Ben can write an article about it, if he didn't already. I bet this would bring up an interesting discussion.

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Snorge
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 11:10:31 AM
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I will kill an old lady to get my hands on the NGP ASAP!!! (Sorry if its anyone of your grandmothers but Im pretty sure she led a nice and fullfilled life and wouldn't mind the sacrifice for such a wonderful devices ;p)

No really though, I cant wait to see the different type of games that will utilize every aspect of this gaming beast! I know the NGP and PS3 connectivity will probably be insane!

I hope if we're able to remote play to the PS3 that we are able to do chat on there as well this time (It possible as of now unless Im missing something)

NGP > DS3D all day = Killzone > Pokemon!!!

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Neo_Aeon666
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 12:57:34 AM

Pokemon is unbeatable dood lol. If sony had pokemon there would not be a handheld war anymore and nintendo would die.

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nath08
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 11:21:43 AM
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I would personally love to see a GTA on the NGP!

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Beamboom
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 11:27:18 AM

... Just please let it be Gta-SA...!

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godsman
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 1:07:34 PM

Didn't they have that for the PSP already?

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big6
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 11:22:49 AM
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I'm getting the NGP for sure, whenever it comes out.

This news is just more music to my ears.

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Beamboom
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 11:26:53 AM
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Huh? They ported Lost Planet 2 to the psp2 just for the hell of it, just to demonstrate how easy it is? Now that is impressive... Maybe there is something in the claims that this thing indeed is as powerful as the ps3, as unbelievable as it may sound... I wonder if this was a complete port, complete with network/coop-support too...

Regardless, the PSP2 has now moved from "buy with first interesting game" to "buy on day one - this is one gadget I WANT" for me ...!


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Looking Glass
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 11:31:03 AM
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Considering the large number of third party developers that have already thrown their support behind the NGP, I think it's safe to say that they are on board. And from what I've heard development on the NGP is not only easy, it's also inexpensive. That's a powerful combination.

So it's really no surprise that the NGP has pretty much the whole industry jumping up and down.

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Snorge
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 11:52:43 AM

Got an inside source?

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Looking Glass
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:04:48 PM

For what? The "large number of third party developers part" or the "inexpensive" part?

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Beamboom
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:15:29 PM

Do you know how to get the development kit too? I'd love to have a look at it...!

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Looking Glass
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:34:21 PM

@Beamboom

Nope. Sorry to disappoint you but I'm not a person of any importance. I'm just an ordinary person who has a tendency to look around.

Last edited by Looking Glass on 2/11/2011 12:35:18 PM

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Looking Glass
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:38:03 PM

@Snorge

I suppose you mean an inside source in general. And the answer is no. The information I dispensed has been accessible to the general public for a while now.

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Snorge
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 3:31:06 PM

Ok cool, thats what I was referring to, LoL!

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kraygen
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:02:45 PM
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This is good news, from what I have read some of the biggest problems with the psp was that it was difficult to develop for and expensive, which meant it wasn't worth it to a lot of devs to work on psp games.

If Sony follows through with this attitude for all devs, then it should make the NGP a gaming powerhouse with an unfathomable amount of games.

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Pandacastro
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:25:29 PM
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So is this really as powerful as the ps3? A lot of comments saying it is and other comments saying its not.

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daus26
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:34:00 PM

It's claiming it can match the ps3's graphics, but in terms of processing power, not even close.

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Looking Glass
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:42:26 PM

Well, as I understand it whether or not it's really "as powerful as the PS3" really depends on how you look at it.

In proportion to the small screen size? Perhaps.

In general? Not really.

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 12:30:14 PM
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Good news to hear indeed, now all we have to know is the price tag on the NGP/PSP2 or whatever.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 1:34:52 PM
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Radical. The only problem I foresee is devs going multiplat and dumbing them down for the DS. Somebody's always trying to drag down Sony machines ;) I hope the devs just focus on using all that juice to proper effect.

So, with that I'd like to open up the guessing game at what this thing is gonna be called. PSP2 probably isn't it, probably another 3 letter acronym.

PSO: Playstation Omni?

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matt99
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 2:46:44 PM

I was thinking the same thing, but I have a hard time seeing them dropping the already known PSP title. I think they will keep the PSP part and just add a name for the device, like PSP Evolved or something.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 3:50:17 PM

PSP Dominus :)

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DjEezzy
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 1:40:54 PM
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I think it would be pretty cool to use the ngp as a controller for the ps3. I think it would be cool to incorporate the touch pad to ps3 games. And even the touch screen for some things. Oh and maybe even the camera. How cool would it be to point the ngp/controller to the tv screen and use the augmented reality to show hidden things?LOL. totally awesome

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 3:51:15 PM
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*Crosses fingers for an inFamous spinoff*

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Lawless SXE
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 4:12:35 PM

A million thumbs up. That alone would force me to buy one of these things... Not that I'm not going to.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 5:41:57 PM

me too, I'll get it for sure, but such a game on the go would be more exciting to me than Uncharted or Killzone. Open world Parkour superhero action just lends itself better.

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A2K78
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 3:55:21 PM
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The NGP is going to be for those developers who can afford to dump the millions into making games for it,however the biggest losers really will be those those small developers who just don't the resources to make software for it, this when you consider the fact that Sony is going to want developers to maximize it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 5:42:49 PM

Sony won't say no to smaller downloadable titles, so I think it will be an opportunity for small devs instead of a problem.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 4:18:17 PM
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Well, does the quad-core design not share similarities with the Cell? That fact alone makes PS3 development history helpful. Seriously, if this is as easy as they say it is, and hopefully the games are of a high calibre, I really do see this device taking off like the PSP never did, and the PS3 is only just achieving, from the word go. The potential of this is massive.

I've been playing VC2, and imagining it with touch controls. Make it happen Sega. But the sheer number of series that can be ported over, GTA, RDR, CoD, DS, and not lose anything in the process is phenomenal. When you factor in original titles like Gravity Daze and Smart As, along with continuations of PSP-exclusive series: Patapon, LocoRoco, etc. this could be amazing.
Peace.

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swapnilgyani
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 5:25:52 PM
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They should port GT5 for this device. THAT would be the GT-PSP we'd been waiting for!

On a serious note, even if porting PS3 games was all the device could do, it would still be the best handheld on the market by far!

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thj_1980
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 9:24:26 PM
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Just hopefully all games are good and smooth. Graphical wise is down pat already since it can play uncharted and it looked great! However sony's going to have to be extra careful with this pricing since it's success will boil down to it's unit price.

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Neo_Aeon666
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 1:04:48 AM

300$ would get me to buy it day 1 :D 3DS is 250 and one generation of graphics behind.

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___________
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 12:56:47 AM
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what?
a playstation system thats easy to develop for?
IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!

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thj_1980
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 7:54:10 PM

well the only one so far i would relly conside a bit harder would be the ps3. But really developers using lamn excuses of saying that the ps3 is too hard to develope for should really look at uncharted, burnout paradise, and gt5. Thoese games have a smooth framerate and awesome. I didn't hear any complaints form Criterion wespecially thier hit game was multiplatform.

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