Sony gave a little more insight into their upcoming NGP handheld console at the Game Developer’s Conference. During his time on stage, Sony platform research manager David Coombes talked performance, mentioning that it’s going to run on a quad-core ARM based processor and quad-core graphics, but it still won’t be specced to match the PS3 in terms of performance. Theoretically, they could push the NGP’s chip up to 2GHz if they really wanted to, but they won’t on the final product. “Some people in the press have said wow, this thing… could be as powerful as PS3. 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.”
It probably would, you know. Because faster processors are hot and they draw a lot of power. Not to mention the extra power draw needed to keep the temperatures in check. So unless you jury rig it with some sort of giant heatsink and fan that can be powered by a larger battery, there’s just not enough space in the handheld for sufficient cooling. So yeah, burned pants pockets and cooked thighs could be a big issue.
Coombes also revealed a few more of the NGP’s details during the event. The NGP will be using solid state game cards in either 2GB or 4GB sizes (no 9GB PS3-sized games on this console), and will be available in two different versions by the time it ships by the end of the year. Predictably, it’ll be available in both Wi-fi only and Wi-fi with 3G versions. The Wi-fi model will be capable of detecting its position by triangulating nearby hotspots using Skyhook technology, while the 3G version comes with a GPS receiver.
Pricing wasn’t revealed yet, but don’t expect that bit of info to come anytime soon. We’re still a long way from its expected end-of-the-year launch. [via Eurogamer]