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Hirai: NGP 'in for the long haul'

Long console life 'providing compelling value to the consumer', says SCE boss

SCE president and group CEO Kazuo Hirai has said he expects the NGP to be 'in for the long haul' like its console brethren PS2 and PS3.

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"I think that whether it's a home-based console like the PS2 or PS3, or a portable console like the NGP, it's very important that we have a very stable platform that is in for the long haul," said Hirai in a video interview following January's big reveal.

"And that means that we're providing very compelling value to the consumer, in that once they invest in our products it doesn't go by the wayside in two years or three years, but they're able to really enjoy that particular console for a very long time," he added.

"It's my expectation that the NGP is going to have a similar sort of lifespan in the portable space," he said, presumably referring to the PS2 and PS3.

Hirai also said Sony chose to reveal the PSP's follow-up early this year so that it could begin open discussions with developers over games.

"We wanted to make sure that [we could begin] talking about the platform in an open manner with all of the publishing partners around the world," said Hirai. "And that's really to make sure that we are going to have a wide range of titles. It's really important to us that we start engaging in some real strategic discussions on software portfolio with as many developers and publishers as possible."

Check out the full video interview for yourself here.

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