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Famitsu's Readers Excited About Sony's NGP

Over 75% of readers say they want the new system. Monster Hunter and high quality visuals are biggest draws.

 

If you visited Famitsu.com immediately following Sony's announcement of the NGP portable game system a couple of weeks back, you might have stumbled upon a reader survey regarding the new hardware. The results of that survey appeared in this week's issue of Weekly Famitsu.

The site quizzed readers on a number of NGP issues, including overall impression, expected price, most wanted games and colors, and most appealing feature. The results, posted in a five page feature in Famitsu this week, were based off 1,208 responses.

Here's a sampling of the questions and responses:

DO YOU WANT AN NGP?

Even though there's still a lot of mystery surrounding NGP, including details on price and launch titles, Famitsu's readers appear to be largely excited about the system. Asked if they want the NGP, 76.2% said yes. Only 7.9% said no, with the remaining 15.9% saying they're still not sure.

HOW MUCH WILL NGP COST?

How much interest the NGP ends up drawing will likely have a lot to do with price. The second item in the survey was a multiple choice question about expected price. 42.5% selected ¥30,000 or below as the system's expected price point. The second most popular response was ¥35,000 and below at 18.7%, followed by ¥25,000 and below at 17%.

1.5% expect the system to cost below ¥15,000, which would be lower than the PSP's current ¥16,800. 3.7% expect it to cost over ¥50,000. Famitsu didn't get a reason from those who selected ¥15,000. However, a 44-year-old man who selected ¥50,000 said that he expects the system to cost around the level of current Smartphones.

WHAT NGP COLORS DO YOU WANT?

Sony showed white and black NGP models at the PlayStation Meeting unveiling. White is actually the most wanted color amongst survey takers, getting 224 votes. Blue came in second with 183 votes, followed by Red, Silver and Green. Black didn't make the top five.

WHAT ARE NGP'S MOST APPEALING FEATURES?

NGP is packed with features, from its massive screen to its various input devices to built in 3G support and software features like Near and LiveArea. Famitsu asked readers which feature is most notable.

The top response with 680 votes was the system's ability to deliver console-level graphics. Coming in at a close second with 622 votes was the system's dual analogue stick setup. Screen resolution of four times that of the PSP came in at third with 607 votes.

WHAT GENRE DO YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH TOUCH CONTROLS?

One of the NGP's more unique features is its inclusion of dual touch panels, one on the screen and one behind the unit. At the press conference, Sony demonstrated dual touch controls for Uncharted and Little Deviants.

Famitsu asked readers to name the genre the'd most like to see use dual touch controls. Action was the most popular response by far, beating out puzzle, simulation, FPS and adventure in that order.

Among the responses, one 20-year-old college student suggested that the rear touch pad could be appropriate when you have to control something separate from your character. Some responders felt that the dual touch panels could lead to revolutionary controls.

WHAT GAME SERIES DO YOU WANT TO PLAY ON NGP?

The result for this question shouldn't come as a surprise. Monster Hunter got 282 votes, almost as much as the other four in the top five combined. Metal Gear Solid was second, followed by Final Fantasy, Tales and Kingdom Hearts.

One responder said that because the system has a right analogue stick similar to the Dual Shock, he wants to play Monster Hunter.

Somewhat related to this, Famitsu's readers selected Capcom as their most wanted NGP third party developer. Konami came next, followed by Square Enix, Sega and Namco Bandai.

Fans aren't alone in their favor for NGP. Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima took this picture of developers showing excitement over the new hardware back stage at the PS Meeting event.

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