Next Generation Portable

  • Why Android will dominate Next-Gen mobile gaming?

    There is no match to high end gaming consoles; they are huge and solely dedicated to games. But these days we are surrounded by technologies which are part and parcels of life. Devices to which we wake and sleep: our cell phone or tablet. Most of us enjoy gaming on this omnipresent device. And Android has enriched this experience. From high end 3 dimension graphical games to simple single dimension ones, all types of games can be enjoyed on this operating system.


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    Android is becoming so powerful that I feel it will dominate next gen mobile gaming as it's dominating now. Let’s see why I feel so.. 


    First and foremost because it is Open Source

     The colossal reason for Androids success would be that it is Open Source unlike iOS, attracting more number of manufacturers in future. Tons of Creative minds are at force for its betterment. Android application or as fondly known 'apps', and games, are not only developed by huge organizations for profit gaining purposes but also by smaller companies and individuals, as the nature of open source software enables individual developers to easily afford development kits, if you have an idea in mind you can go ahead and try to execute it, unlike iOS or Windows where if one feels that a certain app or game can be improved, but there is no other way than to wait for the release of a better version of that particular app or game. Android is just about all of our ability to think dynamic and develop amazing apps and games.


    Android Open SourceAccording to Developer Economics Q3 2013 analyst report, a developer survey conducted in April–May 2013 found that Android is the most popular platform for developers, used by 71% of the mobile developer population. Actually this fact doesn’t amaze me, with such vast area for improvement, availability of source code and fresh innovative ideas, this number will definitely rise.


    Android is also the Apple of the eye (no pun intended!!) of leading mobile brands like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony etc...They are smart enough to foresee the success of this ever evolving operating system.They have created some of the most stunning devices such as Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Tablet, HTC One, Motorola Droid Maxx, Google Nexus and many more. (Aahh! I have not mentioned that one!!)

    Secondly android is People's Favorite

    games on androidPeople are going mobile, and they love Android! It is a complete entertainment package; they are getting high end applications at an affordable price. Anyone would want the most out of what they pay and with Android they are getting more than the most. A normal working individual does not have time to setup complex consoles and then indulge in gaming after a lengthy startup process. That person needs a break, to free his/her mind. That individual will turn to quick methods and the quickest is their mobile phones or tablets, while traveling, while in the loo! or even as a simple pass time.

    People carry these devices wherever they go. They use mobiles or tabs to play games. There are so many discussions reasoning the success of android as its comparatively lower prices. (Personally, I do not agree) Most of us buy our gadgets according to our needs and Android is satisfying them. 

    Also because it is Light on the pocket

    Mobile sales 2010Since Androids release in 2008, it is rapidly dominating the charts. Android sales saw a significant rise from the second quarter of 2010. An amazing fact according to mobile statistics.com is 'The height of 327 empire state buildings is equal to the number of Android phones sold per day!!'

    Now if that is to be believed, competitors like Apple, Windows etc... should gear up to be ready for a battle! Android is light on the pocket for consumers as well as developers. As compared to iphones, ipads or Windows phones and tablets, Android powered devices show mercy on our pockets. Now why do Android devices cost less, because they use plastic? Or are they successful because they cost lesser?

    The sole answer would be because they are good! Android is an evolving operating system. If something is average, make it better. And for those who call themselves elite only because you have some i attached to your devise, you will be switching to Android soon!!

    And last but definitely not the least: Powerful hardware

    With each version of Android getting released, quality and capability of hardware is improving.

    When Galaxy Note was released it had Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), 5.29" HD Super AMOLED display, 1GB of RAM and a 1.5 GHz Dual-core processor, Galaxy Note II was upgradable to Android 4.1.3 (Jelly Bean), it had a 5.5 HD Super AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM and 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU. As when Galaxy Note III was released it had Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), 5.7" Super AMOLED display, Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 and 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (GSM version) 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (LTE version) and a 3GB LPDDR3 RAM.


    With each generation of devices or each versions of android operating system, we will witness the world of not only visually amazing games but also superior gameplay, higher speeds and complete heart filling experience.

    These were the main reasons as to why android will dominate next gen mobile gaming.if u guys have anything to add to this, it will be interesting to know.

  • Playstation VITA specification revealed

    Sony at its E3 press conference revealed tons of details about Playstation VITA, formerly known as NGP. The firm confirmed 2011 launch window for the handheld and also announced price (Check it out HERE).

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    Sony also revealed the specification of Playstation VITA, we have listed it below, check it out.

    CPU:
    ARM Cortex A9 (4 core)

    Graphics:
    SGX542MP4+

    External Size:
    182.0width x 18.6height x 83.5depth (millimeters)

    Rear Touch Pad:
    Capacitive Multi-touch

    Cameras:
    rear camera, front camera

    Sound:
    Built-in mic, built-in speakers

    Sensors:
    6-axis motion sensory system (three-axis accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope)

    Location:
    3G (optional), WiFi , Built-in GPS

    Switches/Keys:

    Volume buttons, SELECT/START button, right/left stick, shoulder buttons, action buttons, directional buttons, power button, PS button

    Wireless:
    Mobile Network Connectivity (3G), IEE 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

  • Sony trademarks "PS Vita and Playstation Vita" in Europe

    Its almost confirmed now Sony's NGP will be called "Playstation VITA", SCEE has registered to new PSVita trademark in Europe.

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    According to the details revealed by a NEOGAF member, the trademarks were made by SCEE on Friday at Trademarks and Designs Registration Office (Europe).

    Expect an official announcement at E3.

  • Sony: NGP is not compatible with Andriod Apps

    Michael Denny, vice president of Sony Worldwide Studios Europe has confirmed that apps that are available from Andriod Store will not be compatible with NGP (Playstation VITA), only the Andriod App available on PS Suite will be compatible with the handheld.

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    In an interview to NowGamer, Michael Denny said, "We announced back in January the PlayStation Suite, the idea of PlayStation support for certain Android certified devices."

    "So the idea behind that was to expand the PlayStation gaming experience wider than just PlayStation gaming devices, "Denny explained," we think they can complement each other – they’re different experiences but they will have the seal of PlayStation quality throughout. We’re happy to support both and those Android games available on PlayStation Suite will be available to play on NGP as well."

    When Mark was quizzed to clarify whether NGP is not compatible with Andriod app, Denny said, "Correct. PlayStation Suite devices only."

  • Playstation VITA (NGP) dev site revealed

    More concrete evidence to proof that the official name of Sony's NGP is Playstation VITA. A development website from Sony for the VITA has been unveiled.

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    The domain name "vita.scedev.net" is a valid one, and two important things first Sony's current development platforms, and second information regarding SCE. The SCEDev website has the following disclaimer:

    The Developer Network sites are owned and managed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc and its affiliates.

    Well Sony has not yet officially announced anything related to name of NGP, but the above evidence says it all that NGP will be called Playstation VITA.

  • Sony commented on NGP RAM reduction rumors

    A french website recently reported that Sony has downgrade the RAM size of non-3G version of Next Generation Portable. According to the site the firm reduce the size of RAM from 512MB to 256MB.

    SCE president, Shuhei Yoshida was quizzed on Twitter about the truth behind this new, he had this to say:

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    Till now the official details revealed regarding the NGP's RAM is that, "a lot compared to PSP” & “closer to PS3 in memory size".

  • NGP 2011 US launch officially confirmed

    According to the report from a well known US investment company "Lazard Capital Markets", Sony confirmed a 2011 release window for their upcoming handheld codenamed as "NGP" at a recent analyst day.

    MCV has reported that Lazard Capital representative has attended the analyst day that was held by SCEA, where a 2011 US launch date was reconfirmed, however no words were given out regarding UK and European date.

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    Lazard Capital Markets said, “A 2011 launch for NGP was reconfirmed, although we expect pricing will be unveiled around the E3 conference. We remain somewhat concerned that an initially high price point could limit the market opportunity for NGP, since Sony continues to balance profitability goals with unit sales.”

  • NGP Price Point revealed: Rumor

    According to recent survery conducted by research firm, Sony's NGP is expected to carry a price tag around $250-$350 in United States.

    A survey conducted by research firm Toluna reveal that the 3G model of NGP will cost consumer $350, whereas non 3G version of the hanheld will carry a price tag of $250.

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    One important thing about this survey is that it is sponsored by Ubisoft.

    Next Generation Portable is expected to launch later this year.

  • NGP to launch in Europe on November 11?

    According to the reports from MCV, Son'y upcoming handheld "NGP" will launch in Europe on November 11.

    Sony officially announced the handheld at the end of January, and till date only the Japanese launch window for the handheld has been confirmed (this Holiday)

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    MCV reports that Sony has already set the development deadlines for games, end of summer, for deployment in Autumn.

    However SCEA head Jack Tretton has denied these reports saying "it's very difficult to have the quantities to be able to launch on a worldwide basis on the same date" and that "our goal is get at least one territory out by the end of holiday 2011".

  • GDC 2011: Sony revealed details about NGP media format

    At GDC last night Sony has given out the details about the media format for the upcoming handheld console NGP. The developer confirmed that flash memory device  tentatively called as "NVG CARD" will be available in two storages, one is of 2GB and the other 4GB, both having support for small and large memories respectively.

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    It was also announced that 5 to 10 percent of space will be reserved for save data or patches and more, this implies that internal memory of Sony's handheld will make it easier to switch game progress from one device to another.

    NGP is slated to release in Japan later this year.