Sony’s Platform Research Manager, “NGP at 2GHZ Would Set Your Pants on Fire”

Posted by at 12:15 pm on March 3, 2011

Sony platform research manager David Coombes has told the audience at the Game Developers’ Conference while the Sony NGP will have outstanding performance from its quad-core ARM-based chip and quad-core graphics, that it won’t match the PS3 for processor performance.

Pants on Fire

The NGP processor can theoretically scale to speeds of 2GHz, however, it would not be clocked at that speed in the device when it ships. “Some people in the press have said wow, this thing… could be as powerful as PS3,” Coombes said. “Well, it’s not going to run at 2GHz because the battery would last five minutes… and it would probably set fire to your pants.”

Solid State Cards for Games

Coombes also mentioned that the NGP would be using solid state game cards that will come in either 2GB or 4GB sizes, which will naturally play a significant role in shaping the nature of the games developed for it. This compares with up to 9GB for a PS3 game.

More Info on Wi-Fi Version

Coombes also gave more details about the two different versions of the console that Sony will ship. One will be Wi-Fi only, while the other will also incorporate 3G connectivity as well as a GPS receiver. The Wi-Fi-only model is capable of positioning by utilizing Skyhook technology, which works by triangulating a user’s location by cross-referencing nearby Wi-Fi hotspots.

On top of the analogue controls, the NGP also sports a capacitive touchscreen and a touchpad on the rear of the device. Coombes noted that these will detect “pressure” by determining the relative width of fingers when pressed against them.

The NGP is set to ship by the end of 2011.

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