NGP: Sony always planned a staggered launch

According to Sony, reports that the recent events in Japan would delay the launch of its NGP handheld console were blown somewhat out of proportion.

Earlier this week, we reported that Jack Tretton, president of Sony Computer Entertainment America claimed the Next Generation Portable might be released in only one region – either the US, Japan or Europe – and that it would not enjoy a worldwide launch this year.

Sony's shiny NGP

Not in all places at once

Now though, Sony Computer Entertainment spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka has explained that this was actually the plan all along.

“So far we see no impact from the quake on our launch plan.”

He went on to explain that, of course, the company will continue monitoring the situation, and assessing any possible future impacts.

In conversation with the [surl=http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110404-714785.html]Wall Street Journal[/surl], Fukuoka explained that the [surl=http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-04/sony-new-playstation-portable-may-be-delayed-by-japan-disaster.html]Bloomberg report[/surl] that quoted Tretton was, in a word, “wrong”. When Sony originally unveiled the NGP back in late January, the company “never said” it would be launched in all three regions at once.

In fact, in a January 27 statement, Sony merely announced the new handheld would debut “this year” (2011), with later vague references to the “holiday season” and some deliberate vagueness.

Fingers crossed that everything still goes as planned – even if nobody seems quite sure what those plans actually are.


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