|My goal is to make every picture using this stock photo with obvious photoshops on it.|
But definitely, definitely what we're going to end up getting from E3 will be a name, a price, and hopefully a release date. So basically this post would be me saying what I expect as I have been known to predict things NGP-related. Some launch games to be announced would be nice as well, and while I expect a couple to be tossed out, I don't expect a full list at all.
First off, as far as the name goes, I have a few thoughts on it. I'm not sure what I expect the full name to be, but I could definitely see them sticking with the NGP, since it's stuck this long. The name "Next Generation Portable" won't stick, but they could easily swap out the Next Generation part for something that also starts with NG. The only other thing I can think of is "New Gaming", which is mostly worse than "Next Generation" but you get where I'm coming from. My lack of being able to think is just not helping my point, is all.
The fact remains that they very likely could go with "PSP2" as the name, given their numeric scheme for names, but many will argue, likely for little reason other than to detract, that associating it with the PSP directly is one way to really kill interest in it. Since the PSP 'failed' so hard, you see, despite selling somewhere in the neighborhood of 67.8 million units worldwide. And as much as I disagree with that, I wouldn't mind a name other than "PSP2", though will happily accept PSP2 if that's what they really end up going with.
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Which, given the 3DS, the thing that everyone expects to completely smash the NGP, is priced at $249.99 as well, would be a very good move, especially if you really push everything that makes the two different. (The second touch panel, second stick, PSN support, trophy support, etc.) One would hope upon hope that Sony really resists the urge to add the customary "Ours is better" extra cost, bringing the pricing up to $299.99 and $349.99, if only for the fact that people will harp on the high-end of that. Only time will tell on that front, though.
|I can't wait til we get actual pictures of this thing instead of stock photos.|
One thing that does have me a little annoyed, re: the games now that the facts have come out, is the fact that there's not going to be any on-board storage for the NGP. If anything, that's one advantage the PSPGo clearly had over any other PSP, as it meant you didn't really have to splurge on cards to put all your games on and, instead, you had everything right there. And not only that, if I remember the rumors clearly, then the sticks that the games come on will have the storage needed for the DLC and patches post-release which could likely end up messy unless you can leave a good portion of storage free. Hopefully that will change in a way that lets your memory sticks be sort of a catch-all for that sort of stuff, but it may be an issue of 'it's gotta be that way'. Again, one of those wait and see deals.
With any luck, this thing will see a release date that puts it firmly in the the Holiday season everywhere, which would help get it on Christmas lists everywhere. The flip-flopping of "It will be delayed" and "It won't be delayed" after the Japan crisis has that sort of in a gray area, but I imagine things have been sorted well enough on that. Regardless, whenever it releases, it will be high on my get-list, provided the price is right.