Sony Thought About Making the NGP into a Phone, Too
What we decided was, yes, we want 3G but having voice will limit us in terms of designing the gaming experience. For example the 5-inch OLED screen – you wouldn’t have a 5-inch screen on a smart- or cell- phone, it wouldn’t fit in your pocket.
I didn’t really think of it like that, Shuhei Yoshida, SCE Worldwide president (speaking with Edge), but yes that’s a good point. Another good point: having voice would probably jack up the sell price significantly from what most people would be willing to pay for a handheld gaming device. High-end phones retail for up to $500 without a service contract, and since an NGP Phone/Vitaphone would probably be locked in with a single carrier, most folks would have to buy it without a contract just because all they want to do with it is play the f–king games, you assholes.
But they aren’t assholes, because they went the no-phone route, and so the NGP will probably come at a more reasonable price point.
There’s also, of course, the battery consideration; smart phones already don’t have great battery life, and I don’t think any of us are thinking something as powerful as the NGP will have a life longer than a few hours. Combining the two could be disastrous in that respect.
Thank god they aren’t assholes.