iPhone to whup Sony PSP 2

Casual gamers won't turn out for portable console, says publisher

Sony NGP

The head of a casual gaming giant reckons Sony's upcoming NGP - aka the 'PSP 2' - will be "dead on arrival" and claims it will never match up to the might of iOS.

Neil Young, CEO of games publisher Ngmoco, said the PSP successor will find it "difficult to compete with an app store that has hundreds of thousands of applications and a wide range of options".

In an interview with Industry Gamers, Young made clear his feeling that traditional portable consoles don't have a very bright future.

However, as the head of a firm that specialises in smartphone games, he would say that wouldn't he?

Sony NGP

But if the NGP's specification and design is anything to go by, it's hardly trying to compete with the casual game market. After all, we thought the NGP is some kind of portable PS3. Young disagrees.

"It's not a PS3 quality experience," he said. "You need a range of things and what I think the iPod Touch and iPhone have been able to do is offer people Swiss Army Knife-type functionality for a device that plays games really well."

You may have a point there, Mr. Young, but when the iPhone offers Uncharted and Metal Gear Solid 4 with full gaming controls built in, let me know.

The jury is out. Will Sony's NGP be dead on arrival when it hits stores later this year? Let us know what you think below. ®

Sponsored: 10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity