Sony want NGP to ‘match install base’ of PSP

Sony has stated they expect the upcoming NGP – formerly know to Train2Game students as the PSP2 – to equal the sales of its predecessor. That’s according to Sony Computer Entertainment President Kazuo Hirai who told the PlayStation Blog:

“One of the things we want to accomplish with the NGP is match the install base that we have on PSP worldwide.”

“Over and above that try to go beyond that. The fact that we’re working hand in hand with the worldwide studios internally but also with a lot of the third party publishing partners already. That, combined with some of the exciting features, is a really strong combination to really match the install base we have for PSP and certainly go beyond that as well.”

Hirai also told the PlayStation blog that Sony have long term plans in place for the handheld.

“Whether it’s a homebased console like the PS2 or PS3 or a handheld like the NGP, it’s very important that we have a stable platform that is in it for the long haul.

“Once [the consumers] invest in our products, it doesn’t go by the wayside in two years or three years, but they are able to really enjoy that particular console for a very long time.

“It’s my expectation that NGP is going to have a similar sort of lifespan in the portable space as well.”

The President added Call of Duty would be a big thing for the NGP.

Train2Game blog readers can watch the interview with Kazuo Hirai below.

Sony are also keen to use the NGP to break into the casual gaming market. Train2Game blog readers will know that social gaming is set to pass the $1 billion mark this year!

The NGP was officially revealed last month, and you can take an in depth look at Sony’s new handheld on the Thoughts of Train2Game blog.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the Sony NGP? Will it surpass the sales of the PSP? Do you think the new handheld will have a long lifespan?

As usual, you can leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum. You can also let us know your thoughts via the Train2Game Twitter account.

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