There was a lot of hype about the incredibly powerful technology behind Sony's upcoming NGP handheld when the device was first shown off a little over a month ago. One of the biggest pieces of speculation -- aided by the fact that they showed several PS3 demos running on the system -- was that this pocket-sized device had as much power as a PlayStation 3. Sony has now clarified that this is not quite the case.
Speaking during an NGP panel at the Game Developer's Conference, Sony platform research manager David Coombes explained why having a handheld with the same level of technology as the PS3 would not work:
"Well, it's not going to run at 2 GHz because the battery would last five minutes... and it would probably set fire to your pants."
While setting your pants on fire would surely make for a great icebreaker for whoever is sitting next to you on the bus or plane, it's probably not ideal for gaming. Coombes still promised an impressive device, though, noting that the NGP will have four CPU cores and an amount of RAM much closer to the PS3 than the PSP.