Sony Confirms ‘Multiple’ NGP Versions, Including Non-3G Models

by Mike Bendel January 28, 2011 @ 10:10 am

Sony plans to market ‘multiple’ versions of the recently announced NGP (PSP2), including several non-3G SKUs, according to SCEE head Andrew House. Specifically, the exec told Eurogamer that only one 3G configuration is planned, while the other models will come equipped with standard WiFi only.

The first thing to clarify, which I’m not sure the presentation did a perfect job of doing today, is that all of the devices will have Wi-Fi capability; a separate SKU will have 3G.

So the user gets a choice. Wi-Fi is available wherever, which clearly is the most important aspect of connectivity and that connected experience; 3G will be a subset of that.

While House refrained from elaborating further, presumably Sony’s multi-SKU strategy will come at distinct, varying price points to make the NGP more affordable. As a case example, it’s certainly worked well for Apple, with differentiating tiers of internal storage for its iPod Touch.

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