Kojima Wants to Take Games from PS3 to NGP and Back Again

UPDATE: Hit the bottom of this post for a list of all the games mentioned or discussed during Sony’s press event, care of Playstation Blog. Be aware, that list could change.

When Hideo Kojima introduced a demo of Sony’s new Next Generation Portable running Metal Gear Solid 4 today at Sony’s Playstation Meeting in Tokyo, he said he wanted to create an experience that players could take from their PS3 to the portable and back again.

That could be the true power of the NGP, if Kojima’s vision is realized — a Playstation 3 you can pop into your pocket, without losing anything from your game at home. Kojima wouldn’t talk about the NGP project he’s working on, but did hint that we’ll see more of it at E3.

It’s a very exciting concept, but for all the third-party developers on-hand to talk about working with the portable, only one confirmed an upcoming title for the portable: and it’s Call of Duty from Activision.

Sony showed off what seem like ports of older Playstation 3 games for its new portable, as well as its Playstation Suite, an Android-compatible gaming app that will allow cross-platform play.

Sony showed Naughty Dog’s Uncharted being played on the system, as well as Hot Shots Golf. It also trotted out a bunch of reps from third-party developers like Capcom, Konami and Epic — none of whom announced titles for the NGP, but all of whom played demos of Playstation 3 games that took three months or less to create.

Even though only demos were shown on the NGP for the most part, all of the demos consisted of big-name, well-known franchise titles. Jun Takeuchi from Capcom played demos of Lost Planet 2 and Monster Hunter, Hideo Kojima showed off Metal Gear Solid 4 and Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi demo’d Yakuza 4.

Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney showed a demo of Unreal Engine 3 running on the NGP, and Trendy Games’ Dungeon Defenders — which is being developed for PS3 — was ported over for an NGP demo with just a week of development time.

All of the games shown in demos, it seemed, were pretty close to their Playstation 3 counterparts, and it sounds like porting PS3 games to NGP is so easy, we might be receiving a glut of them when the new portable launches around Christmas this year.

Sony finished the show by rolling a card of other third-party developers planning to support the platform: Rockstar, Grasshopper, 2K Games, Ubisoft, Namco Bandai, Level 5, Square Enix and Level 5. Expect a lot of games for this thing when it finally comes around to launching.

Here’s the list of games mentioned at Playstation Meeting 2011:

  • Killzone
  • Uncharted
  • WipEout
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Resistance
  • Little Deviants
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • Reality Fighters
  • Gravity Daze
  • Smart As
  • Broken
  • Hustle Kings
  • Call of Duty

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1 Comment on Kojima Wants to Take Games from PS3 to NGP and Back Again


On February 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Still no trophies for MGS4 though.