PSN to spread to other Sony hardware, says Stringer

Sunday, 10th May 2009 22:16 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Sony corp head Howard Stringer’s told Nikkei Electronics Asia that PSN is to be found across hardware other that PS3, a move the exec describes as a shift to an “open” system.

“We developed brand new, absolutely incredible technology for the PlayStation 3 (PS3), but the cost was high. We’ve adopted a slightly different approach now, and are evolving the PS3 into a platform for web services,” Stringer said.

“A lot of people thought Sony’s content download service was doomed, but it’s in a pretty good place right now in the form of the PlayStation Network, available to PS3 users for network gaming, video, etc. The DRM is based on Marlin, an open scheme developed by consumer electronics companies and other companies.

“What does all this mean?” he added. “Very simply, it means that Sony has begun the transition from a closed system to an open one.

“Next we will be expanding the PlayStation Network to hardware other than the PS3, because the number of PS3 units sold puts a limit on the scale of the network possible. Sony has a vertical structure for each product line, an organisational structure that resists change, so it will take time to achieve this network growth. However, a large number of employees share my opinion on this.”

So. Which hardware are you talking about specifically, Howard?

Thanks, Edge.



  1. Syrok

    I reckon those BD/DVD players with an HD are obvious candidates, if they are going to sell movies over the PSN.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Zarckan

    Better yet, a Bravia!? built in PS3?!?!??! that’d be nice :)

    #2 6 years ago
  3. polygem

    he´s talking about the xbox360

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Mad-elph

    In reality Sony are seeing what Apple has done with the App store and want to have PSN connected phones, Laptops and anything else they could incorporate it into. Its a smart move, they have a good set of quality games that could be ported to sell phones and Sony sells a bunch of those. All is not dead for Sony.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    @Zarckan – It’s funny, for a while they were talking about putting the CELL processor in pretty much all of their products… so a PS3 TV wouldn’t have been out of the question.

    Didn’t really work out that way though.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. SilentLoner

    Wouldn’t it need to be rebranded though Playstation network is a bit silly on a bravia

    #6 6 years ago
  7. TheTwelve

    Well, there’s already the PSP (you can access PSN through the PSP) But having PSN on a Sony-Ericson would definitely be very hot…



    #7 6 years ago
  8. SilentLoner

    yeah but wouldn’t it need to be a playstation mobile in that case as the psp is a playstation still

    #8 6 years ago
  9. crackdude

    Playstation Bravia would be awesome really.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. bloke

    What Mad-elph said – only now they need to find a unified Sony Ericson hardware platform to develop for :-)

    #10 6 years ago

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