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National Disaster In Japan May Result In NGP Delay

Japan has bigger problems that go well beyond the video game industry, but those problems may continue to impact certain aspects of gaming.

Due to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which has left a nation struggling to contain a nuclear crisis, the Next Generation Portable (NGP) may be delayed in that region. Sony has been forced to shut down several plants in Northern Japan for the sake of repairs and in speaking to Bloomberg, SCEA boss Jack Tretton said this could lead to the NGP being pushed back: "It may be the straw that says, 'Maybe we get to just one market by the end of the year,'" he said. On the up side, Tretton said that if a delay did occur, it would give publishers more time to produce valuable launch software. Sure, we'll all sorts of excited for the unit that boasts a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, a mult-core ARM CPU, a PowerVP multi-core GPU, a touch pad, twin thumbsticks, and available WiFi in certain models. Don't get us wrong.

But we're more than willing to wait until Japan gets back on its feet.

Tags: ngp, next generation portable, psp2, sony psp

4/4/2011 8:47:54 PM John Shepard

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Comments (42 posts)

JSwayze
Monday, April 04, 2011 @ 9:32:53 PM
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Fine by me

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BikerSaint
Monday, April 04, 2011 @ 9:41:34 PM
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I say do whatever you need to do Sony, there's a massive human tragedy there so I can certainly wait.
Plus it will give us more time for more games, & more time for us to save up for them.

Godspeed, Japan!!!!!

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, April 04, 2011 @ 9:46:51 PM
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Damn, I want to fly international this year but it's to pricey right now.

No big deal, people can wait for the NGP.

My prayers goes along my asian people, stay safe.



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JMO_INDY
Monday, April 04, 2011 @ 9:50:33 PM
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I expressed my sorrow for Japan in the last related article, but honestly this was the ONE thing i did not want delayed...shit. i was really looking forward to it. I don't know how it expects to compete with anyone after a year has gone by.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 04, 2011 @ 10:22:38 PM

Well, the 3DS is kind of a piece of crap according to the news so there shouldn't be much competition at any time.

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Qubex
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 2:36:53 AM

Are Nintendo losing the plot?

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 8:43:37 AM

it seems the 3ds is vulnerable with sales coming in well below expectations, so i hope sony can capitalize on this.

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Vysey
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 @ 10:36:35 AM

I had a go at a demo 3DS in PCWorld and it made my eyes feel funny lol so it's a no for me!

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 @ 7:38:56 PM

Please don't view me as a monster here guys, I'm just syaing I really want a refresh of my PSP, this device is pretty much all i ever wanted. I will finally get my i-Pad 2 this week perhaps tomorrow, shipping was delayed two weeks after this whole business went down, so I can at least amuse myself with that and Garage Band for a while, I can wait, I'd just prefer not to. I hope none of you took my first post too seriously and too cynical.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, April 04, 2011 @ 9:59:18 PM
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Think of it as more tine to save $ for its release.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 04, 2011 @ 10:23:49 PM
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Whatever needs to be done needs to be done. I still want an official name at E3.

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Qubex
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 2:37:38 AM

May or may not come... we wait and see... But it will interesting too see how it pans...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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spiderboi
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 12:39:20 AM
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No issues by me. They can take their time. Its lives first, games second.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 3:11:27 AM
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I really wouldn't be bothered if they chose to delay all releases of the NGP out of this year, given the tragedy. I mean, by contrast, does it really even matter? Don't get me wrong, I care about my games, but these people have experienced something truly awful. They need to come first and foremost before anything else.

On the positive side, at least it means a stronger launch line-up.
Peace.

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Wissam
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 4:07:20 AM
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Fine by me. may the god help them.

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___________
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 4:54:58 AM
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:(
i want to pick it up now!
looks like sony learned nothing from the ps3!
timing is everything, release too late after your competition and your dead in the water!

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 5:26:34 AM

The Ps3 released the same week as the wii,both a year after the xbox 360.
Last time i checked the wii & PS3 have overtaken the 360 in global sales,so your statement makes no sense.
Surprised?? not really

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ZettaiSeigi
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 7:22:46 AM

The NGP is being developed in Japan. Surely, you must be aware of the tragic stuff they've been going through for the past few weeks. If you're expecting them to continue working on the NGP then that's awfully insensitive of you.

Anyway, I could wait for the NGP. It'll get here when it gets here. I still have lots of games to play on the current consoles I have.

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Vitron
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 9:07:20 AM

Dude at least have some respect for the reason of the delay.

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___________
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 9:21:51 AM

of course not!
the ps3 may of caught up, but look what sony had to do to get there!
they have been selling the system at a massive loss for 5 years!
they have had to go through countless revisions, countless manufacturing processes, and price cuts just to get back where you are.
did not say you cant do it, but its like starting a race after everyone else.
can catch up, but would it not be easier to take off when everyone else does?
the NGP is already going to be 8+ months later then the 3DS so they need to kick this out as soon as they can!

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Nynja
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 12:16:10 PM

Hey dip$#!+ (yeah, you blank line),

just for you:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12711226

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12709598

http://www.calgaryherald.com/Japan+ocean+radiation+hits+million+times+legal+limit/4558476/story.html

After your recent comments I suggest PXSE create the next poll as a vote to ban you.

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thj_1980
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 6:13:28 PM

Hey guy? You are in a rush aren't you?

But I wouldn't want to have the NGP now since it's too early.

All we would get is more of your complaining and lack. Show some appriciation.

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 5:30:00 AM
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I can wait
The sith are very good at waiting....and accidently killing their friends,girlfriends/wives ect.

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main_event05
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 7:15:01 AM

Vader still cries about Padmé. lol

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main_event05
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 7:13:25 AM
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The delay is good. gives me time to make a final decision and save some money up.

also john you got a typo, i think.

"Sure, we'll all sorts of excited...."

maybe i'm reading it wrong

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kraygen
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 8:47:20 AM
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Not surprised and not a big deal. The NGP will have no direct competition so delaying it only means that we'll have more games, more time to save money for the ngp and its games, and they'll have more time to focus on making a great product.

It's a win/win/win from where I'm sitting.

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thj_1980
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 5:54:22 PM

Actually it's a WIN/WIN/WIN/WIN with the forth one being decision.

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Robochic
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 8:55:13 AM
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ok I know i have to say this and I know I'll probably get in trouble from Ben but it has to be said.

To _____

U are a insentitive P_ _ ck like sony or any one in the world would know that this type of tradegy would happen, to say Sony learned nothing from PS3 and the later of competition you are an idiot who cares at this point when they release it at this point it has nothing to do with competition but all about a country that needs support and prayers and hope . Have no clue where you are in the world and I hope you are not in my country cause I would kick you out in a heart beat, people like you who only think of themselves I can't stand and have no tolerance for. If this was your country that it happened to I know you would probably being singing a different tune. Honestly I have no clue why you are even part of this website, all you do is bash and bash, you dont' deserve to be part of this community go somewhere else u're negativity is old and I and probably others are growing tiredsome of your childish ways.

to all the people and the families of the lost my prayers go out to all of you in Japan.

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 10:05:23 AM

More thumbs up than I can give, I too am sick of Mr Anonymous Cowherd, I'm of the opinion that he needs a bit of a whack on the head with the banhammer, but then I don't moderate this place, and that's not my call, and it's probably a good thing too.

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thj_1980
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 6:14:01 PM

BANHAMMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Vitron
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 9:05:48 AM
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By all means, take your time.

I still have my Peace Walker struggling to win against Peace Walker Custom and Gear Rex. I'll still have to pick up Dissidia 012( man I envy Kraygen).

Good things come to those who wait.( No really, I have to save $$).

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 10:59:44 AM
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Personally, I'm ready to buy this whenever Sony can bring it. If there has to be a delay, so be it. They have more important things to worry about in Japan like the hundreds of thousands of people still displaced and/or homeless thanks to the Tsunmami and the 10's of thousands of dead or missing - each one of whom represents an individual tragedy of the worst kind.

I can send aid money to Japan, I can support their business, but the one thing I want to do, and cannot is offer the people any real comfort in their time of need. If I were able to, I would have flown to Japan weeks ago to help in the recovery effort. It breaks my heart to see the incredible dignity and fortitude of the Japanese people contrasted against the selfish, fear ridden western media response to the events in Japan.

I am referring specifically to the reporting of the nuclear power accident caused by the worst earthquake and tsunami to ever hit Japan in recorded history. Even in the geological record the only event that might come close to the earthquake/tsunami one-two punch, was some 1200 years ago. The reporting of Fukushima Daiichi has overshadowed any reporting of the actual disaster, and the recovery efforts. To hear our media report it, we've all been doomed for nearly 4 weeks now. But, even with the latest events in Japan, the impact beyond the shores of Japan is minimal at worst, negligible in fact, and non-existent at best.

I wish everyone could adopt a calmer attitude towards this, and lay aside the irrational fears driven by media hype and panic. The nuclear accident is significant, yet despite it's significance, not one person has died, or suffered lasting injury because of it. Yet it continues to be reported as the only major story. All the while, the death toll from the earthquake and Tsunami mounts, and the people of the region struggle to recover. It seems to me, that *that* would be the major story...

Japan needs our help. Modern Japan is a good friend to us, they have been one of the engines of growth in the world economy, to some extent we all owe them a significant portion of our well being. The people of Japan are good people, and we need to help them.

If Sony needs extra time, anyone who can't understand why, needs to open their eyes. Personally, I will support Japan, it's people and industry in whatever ways I can.

My personal buying patterns will change and whether it's slightly more expensive or not, I will select the Japanese made product over the Chinese or Korean made one. I can give to aid charities now, but in a year, those charities will be looking elsewhere, and Japan will still need help. Their economy will need exports, their business will need customers. By changing my buying habits, I can help, even if it's only in a limited way, it helps.

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gumbi
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 1:25:38 PM

Few can put it to words like you Highlander. Well said.

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thj_1980
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 5:47:42 PM

I could care less about the delay of the NGP. It's not fun to ship it when theres earthquake victims in needs. I hope besides the dynamic theme for AID JAPAN that is on the PSstore right now cony could donate 5% of a months worth for relief. I already did my part in this. $50 for the red cross.

Plus with a delay I hope they use that delay time to get some more ideas in the wagon.


Also Mr. Highlander you know what reballing is right?

Also, why buy chinese clocks while you could have a sony alarm clock?


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Highlander
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 @ 12:05:20 AM

Yeah, I know what reballing is, but I wouldn't attempt it myself. I suppose that I might trust a third party who's actually qualified to do it, but considering the delicacy of the equipment and the potential risks, I'm not sure I'd really want to do it unless there was no choice - but I am very cautious.

Regarding alarm clocks. My wife has a Sony CD/clock/radio that's lasted nearly 10 years now, I've had three different ones in that time - all chinese made.

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Nynja
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 12:08:59 PM
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Unacceptable!

Nah, I kid. Did anyone hear? Sony raised 1.3 million to aid Japan via the PlayStation Store.

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kraygen
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 5:02:14 PM

awesome!

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thj_1980
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 5:48:01 PM

is that in yen or usd?

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Nynja
Thursday, April 07, 2011 @ 2:53:37 PM

lol i believe it's dollars

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gumbi
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 1:37:26 PM
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Figuratively I "can't" wait for NGP to launch. But really, it's just a toy and I can think of some 127 million reasons why I can wait for it.

We need to show some compassion and understanding and more over we need to show our support. Whether it's raising funds, or just raising awareness.

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tlpn99
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 1:59:01 PM
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I can wait for this, hope Japan gets all the help it needs.

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F302Pilot
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 @ 7:44:08 PM
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I can wait,fixing Japan's crisis is more important

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