Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, has noted that the NGP will most certainly not kill off Sony's current portable platform, the PSP, upon release. Much like the symbiotic relationship between the PS3 and PS2, it'll take time for the NGP to "mature" into a platform enjoyed by everyone.
Yoshida pointed out that it'll be bad business to just kill off the PSP, especially when Sony's currently "struggling to meet" consumer demand. The PSP remains the top piece of hardware on Media Create charts, moving 30,000 units as of the week ending February 6.
"The NGP features everything Sony can and wants to do today," he said. "It's a platform looking forward with great ambition.
"It can't replace a platform that has already been on sale for seven years now. In terms of pricing, we can't sell the NGP for the same price as a PSP. The PSP has become very affordable and popular, especially with younger generations.
"I think the NGP needs time to mature and get adopted by users," Yoshida added. "So, for the time being, both platforms will coexist."