Sony isn't a slouch on the software front either, offering a Uncharted demo to the press, as well as announcing new entries in several of their other popular franchises. There will be a new Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, and WipeOut coming out for the system, as well as third party greats like Metal Gear Solid and Call of Duty.
While all of this sounds great, I am interested to see what Sony has learned from their last gaming handheld- if anything.
This announcement is very reminiscent of the PSP's. Sony fans and technophiles are probably really excited about the NGP and will surely pick up the system at launch, but everyone else seems apathetic. The NGP is much more powerful than the 3DS, but will it really matter? The 3DS already looks really impressive for a handheld, much more so than the DS did at launch. As this past console generation has proved, graphics aren't everything. After a few impressive launch titles the system will likely go the way of the Game Gear, another system that was more powerful than its competitor, or at best perform similar to the first PSP. There simply is not enough potential market for a device like this. The development costs versus the potential reward for developers just won't be there. Sony did fix one nagging issue of the PSP, it no longer uses a UMD drive for games, instead using flash memory like the 3DS. This surely helps with the battery life, which is said to be between 4-5 hours, similar to its competitor the 3DS.
Despite my doubts about the market success of the NGP, I am excited for it. There will be some great games out for the device, meaning that even if it doesn't turn out well for Sony, it will definitely turn out well for us gamers. My main concern is how Sony will differentiate the device from the home console experience and really make it something worth owning.