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Sony's NGP - the successor to the PSP scheduled for release later this year - is reported to have undergone a major specification revision, removing the on-board storage and dramatically reducing the amount of RAM on the non-3G model.

According to an 01net report translated by IndustryGamers, the basic NGP model will now feature 256MB of RAM, half the figure previously intended.

The cuts don't stop there either. Gone also is the planned 16GB internal storage, replaced by external memory cards to save on costs.

You should still expect fancy graphics, though, with the 128MB of GPU memory avoiding Sony's memory cull.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

Remember that this is a rumour, but IndustryGamers notes that 01net has been known to get accurate Sony information in the past. What we're uncertain about is whether this specification change applies across the entire range of NGP models or just the basic non-3G device. The extra RAM supposedly still in high-end version of the device could be due to overheads outside of gaming.

All will hopefully be revealed in just over a week during Sony's E3 press conference.

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draytone@ Woffls

Pretty geeky pun Woffls... I commend you!
Posted 17:31 on 31 May 2011
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Endless@ reynoldio

The cost difference would be double...no? ;) it depends how fast that RAM is though.
Posted 11:26 on 28 May 2011
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reynoldio

I know a small number multiplied many times becomes a larger number, but surely the cost difference for 256 - 512Mb RAM can't be that significant? I would imagine there were more efficient corners to cut - however this does sound like a very easy cut.

The easy way isn't always the best way!
Posted 18:30 on 27 May 2011
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Woffls@ Neon-Soldier32

RAM in video game systems is crucial (lol, pun). It allows for high res textures mostly, and other stuff that only needs to be read from memory rather than manipulated or processed.

This is a huge deal, because dev kits are already out there with better hardware, and developers will have to re-optimise their games. I hope Sony push back the launch until 3rd parties are ready, but they don't want to go up against Project Café for people's attention.
Posted 13:18 on 27 May 2011
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Neon-Soldier32

So basically, less multi tasking and no on board memory, doesn't seem that bad.
Posted 13:04 on 27 May 2011
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draytone

So, the non 3G model is cheaper. That's fair enough, I take back what I said... does it still have built in wireless?
Posted 12:44 on 27 May 2011
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El-Dev

From a French person on VG247

Quote:
Originally Posted by hikitsune
Actually, it’s a little mistake with the translation. According to 01net, there will be no such differences between 3G/not-3G models. The slash is about all NGP systems. But the article just reminds that the system without 3G will be cheaper to compete with the Nintendo 3DS.

PS: excuse me for my bad english, I’m french.
Posted 12:40 on 27 May 2011
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draytone

So, you can get it cheaper but it'll be half the experience?

I don't really get where Sony are coming from with this budget version, it's an expensive piece of kit but then again handhelds from them always have been. Hmmm nice long load times because you haven't got enough RAM... sounds brilliant.
Posted 12:15 on 27 May 2011
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dav2612

Is the screen still included in the budget version?
Posted 10:41 on 27 May 2011