Speculation has been running wild lately about a successor to Sony’s portable gaming platform, and today many of the rumors were laid to rest. Unfortunately, a few more questions were raised.
While not officially calling it ‘PSP 2’, the NGP or Next Generation Portable, was trotted out on a Tokyo stage with an army of developers and publishers backing it up.
Past the break, we’ll share the details as we know them.
Online retailer Amazon recently announced that they were going to enter the used game business, effectively competing head-to-head with Gamestop and other ‘brick and mortar’ outlets.
While many consumers (myself included) hailed this as a win for cash strapped gamers in a tough economic climate, several publishers voiced their displeasure. Developers also weighed in with opposition to game rentals and trade-in programs.
I wanted to get clarification on exactly how much used game sales meant to the bottom line of retailers, publishers, and developers, as well as how anything that could be a cost saving for consumers could be considered bad.
I found that I didn’t really understand the situation at all, there were a lot of myths that had no basis in reality, and that when it came down to brass tacks… the consumer is losing.