Sony says NGP will be ‘affordable’

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We had quite the interview with Sony’s Jack Tretton, but we certainly didn’t corner the market on hot new NGP details — Eurogamer and Game Informer quizzed the company’s Andrew House and Shuhei Yoshida, respectively, and came out with some important tidbits about the quad-core gaming handheld, particularly regarding pricing. Though Tretton seemed to suggest we’ll see a price somewhere northward of the Nintendo 3DS’s $250, Yoshida was quoted as saying “It’s not going to be $599,” laughing off the idea that the system would cost as much as the PlayStation 3’s infamous appraisal at launch, and House said that Sony “will shoot for an affordable price that’s appropriate for the handheld gaming space.”

While none were willing to cough up a real ballpark estimate, the SCEE president revealed one way that the cost might come down: pushing out a lesser model without cellular connectivity, a strategy we’ve seen before. House said that while all devices come with WiFi, “a separate SKU will have 3G,” making us wonder which of the handheld’s other groundbreaking features might carry a premium. After all, OLED screens don’t come cheap. Find the rest of Eurogamer’s excellent interview (including a bit about how Sony will prioritize downloadable content over physical media) at our source link.

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