Sony has confirmed that the new handheld console, the Sony NGP, will not be as powerful as the PS3 console once it is launched.
Back in January, there was quite a lot of speculation that the Sony NGP would match up to it’s platform console counterpart, the PS3.
However, a recent article posted on Kotaku, states that if this rumour was indeed true, it would drain the battery life in a matter of minutes. On top of that, it may well burst into flames if it was as powerful as the PS3.
This information came from David Coombes, platform research manager at Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Coombes reported to developers and engineers this week, “Some people in the press have said ‘Wow, this thing could be as powerful as a 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 now appears that the NGP is about half way between the PSP and the PS3 in terms of power. No definite specs have been given, however it has been said that the NGP will probably use four symmetrical CPU cores.
The handheld’s RAM is also closer to the PS3’s then the PSP’s was. It is estimated to have anything between 128MB, and 256MB of RAM. On top of that, the NGP’s games will be stored on either 2GB or 4GB cards.
Blu-ray discs used on the PS3 will of course be able to hold much larger games, however there should be enough perks on the Sony NGP to keep people from being disappointed.