UK trade site MCV did mention that several sources have informed them concerning Sony’s NGP development deadlines which in turn have been set to ensure key Western releases will be completed before summer of 2011 is over, making deployment in autumn a very real possibility. Apart from that, there are whispers of the NGP hitting the markets this November 11th – which is a Friday, meaning you have a whole weekend to spend with your new toy, forgetting everything else. Hopefully the missus’ birthday doesn’t fall on that weekend! Sony’s Jack Tretton would wish that a worldwide simultaneous launch is possible, but it seems to be a whole lot more realistic to have at least one territory receive the NGP before the holiday season of 2011 is over. Third party licensees have whispered that the NGP will arrive in Europe this year, although we would think that the Land of the Rising Sun would have been the more obvious choice if tradition and history were to be taken into account.