Sony has dropped its precious XMB user interface from the NGP in favor of a simplified interface so that touch screen controls could be added. They believe it will make the device “very social network orientated”.
SCE worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida revealed this while speaking to Edge. He noted it as the key reason behind the company leaving XMB behind.
As for the “social networking” factor, he said that the company wanted the potential for friends to join in and interact at any given moment.
“To do so, we thought it was important to let users keep track of their game even when they weren’t playing it – with the LiveArea, for example,” he stated.
The NGP is Sony’s second attempt at handheld domination. It is due out later this year. No price has been given yet.