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Sony hopes NGP matches PSP install base

Plus, see the new handheld in action.

Sony's initial goal with the NGP is to match the install base of its current PSP system, so says SEA CEO Kaz Hirai.

Hirai discussed the platform holder's sales expectations for the new device, which was unveiled in Tokyo last week, in an interview with the PlayStation Blog.

"One of the things we want to accomplish with the NGP is match - number one - the install base that we have on PSP worldwide."

Once that mile marker is reached, it can than push on and attempt to go further than its predecessor, Hirai explained. "The fact that we're working hand in hand with the worldwide studios internally but also with a lot of the third party publishing partners already. That, combined with some of the exciting features - whether it's leveraging the 3G networks, or the front and back panels, or the sensors that we have incorporated into NGP – is a really strong combination to really match the install base we have for PSP and certainly go beyond that as well."

The video interview also offers fleeting glimpses of a few NGP titles in action – including the new Uncharted offering. Take a look for yourself in the clip below.

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