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1/27/2011 12:30 PM EST
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Athlor
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Athlor   1/30/2011 12:10:23 AM
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Bleeding edge, I don't think so, it's merely catch-up. The Tegra 2's integration level is better. But, as Larry states below, there are other reasons that they chose the parts they did. They could have had a device that was cheaper, used less power and had Geforce graphics. BTW, note they also fail to mention any sort of backwards compatibility. It is a different processor core and media. 3DS will be backwards compatible.

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wave.forest   1/29/2011 1:43:52 PM
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too power hungery for a portable one.

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selinz   1/28/2011 9:09:23 PM
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It looks great, but I wish that they'd been a little sooner to market... Perhaps in 2 years... Sony SHOULD have a device that is a phone, a GREAT camera, and a PSP in one. It would sell like gangbusters. When I was looking for a phone, their best offering was an Android 1.6 device....

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elctrnx_lyf   1/28/2011 6:40:47 PM
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Along with 3G, does it mean that this can be used as a phone also. A high end portable game console with inbuilt 3G phone is a damn good thing. Sony is the only company who still have the quality and price which are competetive to apple.

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tangey   1/28/2011 1:51:04 PM
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"Using a Tegra2 would probably have been smarter and cheaper for Sony. The Nintendo 3DS was rumored to have it and it didn't either" THe logical conclusion of which is that both Nintendo and Sony looked at it and NEITHER liked it, hence Sony was smart NOT to go for it. Landscape in portable consoles hve changed. Sony had to go for the absolute bleeding edge at this tme, because such is the acceleration of smartphone complexity, they will have this level of peroformance themseleves in 2-3 years.

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Sanborn84   1/28/2011 1:45:07 PM
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I think you'd be pretty surprised at what you can do with a 5 inch screen. The Unreal Engine on Retina Display is quite amazing.

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Neo10   1/28/2011 3:35:37 AM
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This appears to be in the direction of longer battery life and enhanced user experience. But yea, the screen is a tad small. It will be interesting to know how much pixel processing power this has compared to the earlier PSP. And what do they run these things on, custom Linux?

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JosephPan   1/28/2011 2:45:34 AM
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Nice. NGP = PSP + PS3 + iTouch. But I'm afraid that the screen is too small to show the high quality image. If it supports TV-out tech, that will be better.

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MacTuxLin   1/28/2011 2:00:52 AM
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Why not "CELL"?

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Robotics Developer   1/28/2011 12:50:18 AM
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What an interesting combination of power and capacity. I would love to know the inter details of the chip sets and the target pricing for this device. This might make a really nice system to hack, wonder how long that will take???

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