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Sony’s next-gen handheld to keep a digital focus

The PSP Go, which shunned physical media for a download only model, might not be a roaring success, but Sony’s doubling down on digital distribution as it prepares its next generation handheld gaming system. Psp2-1

The head of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe says that every game on the so-called NGP (Next Generation Portable) will be available to buy as a download the same day the physical game appears on store shelves.

“One thing we learned from PSP, is that we want to have simultaneous delivery in digital and physical for NGP,” House told MCV. “Just to clarify that, all games that appear physically will be made available digitally. Not necessarily all games have to be made available physically.”

The simultaneous distribution plan is something of a new step for the industry, which is inching towards digital distribution on a steady basis. It’s still an overall slow movement, though. The system has no internal storage, but will reportedly let users store downloadable titles on proprietary SD memory cards.