It looks like the year of the Playstation will have to be put aside in light of the ongoing tragedy in Japan. The NGP or the PSP 2, as it’s also known, may be delayed until next year.
Jack Tretton, president of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, told Bloomberg that Tokyo-based Sony has shut down several of its factories in the northern areas of Japan due, in part, to the damage from the tsunami and earthquake.
Tretton also said that production of the NGP at areas outside of the affected areas of Japan will be hindered by a lack of parts from suppliers.
Bloomberg reported that Trenton said that “it may be the straw that says ‘maybe we get to just one market by the end of the year.’” The PSP go is the only Sony game system to have been launched outside of Japan first, but Trenton wouldn’t say which market would get the NGP first this year, if at all. The NGP was officially unveiled to the media in January 2011 and, until the recent events in Japan, was expected to be released during the fourth quarter of 2011.
It’s difficult not to look callous while reporting on the economic and consumer electronics implications of a disaster that, according to CBC News, has left over 12,400 people dead as of this writing. It’s the sobering reality of the responsibility that we, as writers, have to consider an issue from all available angles relevant to our audience.
It’s comforting, then, to see gamers, developers, journalists, and all sorts of people from the games industry trying to raise money with efforts, such as the Canadian produced Gamers Heart Japan, that raise money for relief the best way us gamers know how – praising Japanese art and creativity. Here’s to hoping that those good intentions benefit the recovery of Japan and all others that the tsunami, nuclear plants, and earthquake have affected.