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Report: Sony developing smart phone capable of playing PlayStation games

Thursday, 4th March 2010 18:04 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Looks like Sony Corp. has decided to give Apple a run for its money by developing a new handheld and smart phone capable of downloading and playing PlayStation games.

According to a source speaking to the Wall Street Journal, a new device is being developed that “blurs distinctions among a netbook, an e-reader and a PSP”, and is being designed to compete with iPad.

Both the new smart phone and the “multifunction device” are expected to work with Sony’s online media platform, due to launch later this month in the US as a direct competitor to iTunes.

The new products are targeted for launch in 2010, although price and specifications are yet to be finalized, or revealed as a Sony spokeswoman declined comment to WSJ.

Sony’s media platform, temporarily named Sony Online Service, will offer movies, TV shows and music already available on iTunes and will allow devices to use its game catalog from PSone.

The new smart phone and portable device are being reported as part of exec Howard Stringer’s plan on creating devices that access online networks offering games and other media.

“That’s the vision, but it’s still not quite clear what specific steps Sony will take to achieve that, especially when iPad and other highly capable mobile devices are crowding the market,” said Nobuo Kurahashi, consumer-electronics analyst with Mizuho Investors Securities.

Sony’s working with Sony Ericsson on the new handset, according to the source, with Sony taking a more active role in the handsets with SVP Kunimasa Suzuki being in charge of product planning for both devices.

The PSP has sold more than 55 million units since its launch in late 2004, but Nintendo’s DS has sold twice as many handhelds during that period and new games for PSP are slowing – forcing the company to cut back on full-year PSP shipment targets by a third, according to the report.

Sales of PSPgo have been slow due to the price tag but thanks to it being reliant on DLC only, Sony has an idea of what to do with the new handhelds it has yet to announce, said the source.

We’ll email Sony and see if we can get anything more on this.

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  1. Tallon 4

    Mmmm….not sure. Iphone is a very strong contender..

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DaMan

    finally, about fucking time.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Bulk Slash

    This is what the PSP Go should have been in the first place. Only problem for Sony now is that the iPhone has a 3 year head start and Apple will likely have 4th gen hardware out in a few months which will be much more powerful than the PSP hardware (although I’ve yet to see any iPhone graphics that couldn’t be done on PSP).

    #3 4 years ago
  4. justiceblob

    Unless they get off their arses and PUSH then there is no point doing this. Have it connected to 3G/Wi-fi, nice big touchscreen, game buttons the works. And then sell sell sell! Put it in every magazine, tv ad, music video and plastered on every fashion obsessesed indie kids wall.

    Oh wait, this is Sony. Scratch that.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Eregol

    It was only a matter of time that they did.
    Let’s face it
    A compnay that makes tvs, dvd players, hi fis, mp3 players, phones and games consoles, and they haven’t done a game compatible smart phone?

    Yeah, this was never going to happen was it?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    They’ll need to push up to 4G to compete with the rumoured Iphone 4G

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    Sony Ericsson doing this shit about 2 years already.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. FeaturePreacher

    Before wasting money and time on a boondogle like that which is bound to be dead on arrival, perhaps they should work on getting the psp2 right by putting a second analog stick on it already, along with a touchscreen, bluetooth, and an accelerometer. Once they get the psp2 right, that might be the time to look into something like this. But with a company like Sony, which doesn’t understand how important software is and doesn’t get that the main appeal of smartphones are its apps, even if they get the psp2 right, they should stay away from this and just try to sell stuff on the iphone and droid. Moreover, Sony is completely brain dead on keeping up with the hardware cycles that phones go through.

    #8 4 years ago