PlayStation Network: Nightmare Could Negatively Impact NGP
The current PSN crisis could derail Sony's plans to launch the Next Generation Portable.
At this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (June 7-9), we expect Sony to roll out the proverbial red carpet for its Next Generation Portable (PSP), the company's upcoming handheld, launching this fall/winter.
Hopes are high that the publisher will deliver a PlayStation 3 quality experience, albeit in handheld form, and give Nintendo and Apple heavy competition in the heated portable market.
That said, we can't help but wonder if the recent PlayStation Network debacle will cost Sony dearly when it comes to this incredible looking device.
Rumors point to two NGPs, one that is Wi-Fi only, and one that supports 3G. Sony has yet to confirm the price of these units, but we expect them to cost $250 and $350, respectively.
Now comes word that the recent PSN disaster may cost the publisher in excess of 24 billion dollars.
With this in mind, we foresee a nightmare scenario where Sony cannot release NGP on time, and/or suffer from negative public perception. After all, online connectivity will play a huge role in how consumers interact with the system. Can they trust Sony to keep its network secure while spending close to $400, excluding games, PlayStation Network cards and peripherals?
Obviously, Sony has a lot of cleanup to do, and we've seen companies rebound from worse (Toyota, Johnson & Johnson). By the time NGP's release draws near, the buying public may have forgotten about the issue.
On the flip side, perhaps Nintendo and Apple have the most to gain.
Do you plan on picking up an NGP later this year? Let us know. As for us, we'll be there with wallets in hand on launch day.