Contrary to what SCEA president Jack Tretton said previously about the NGP possibly being delayed due to the tragic quake and tsunami disaster that hit Japan earlier last month, Sony believes their new handheld device is on track for a release later this year, calling the assessment "wrong."
Tretton's statement claimed the quake had affected production of the NGP. Sony's Satoshi Fukuoka was more optimistic about the issue, stating that "so far we see no impact from the quake on our launch plan."
The NGP is slated for release by the end of this year in at least one region, most likely Japan. It's also possible that Tretton was simply covering the North American side of things, not that the NGP had a solid date nailed down in the West in the first place.