Sony to take on Apple with new handheld devices?

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Sony to take on Apple with new handheld devices?
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony, threatened by Apple, is planning on developing a new line of handheld devices to compete with the iPhone, iPod Touch  and iPad.  One of the products is expected to be a smartphone that will download and play PlayStation games. Another device, designed to compete with Apple's upcoming iPad tablet, combines the functionality of a netbook, an e-reader and a Playstation Portable. The manufacturer is planning a 2010 launch for all of these devices, but specifications and pricing are not yet known.  Sony plans on taking advantage of its leadership in mobile gaming as well as the launch this month of its new media service designed to compete with Apple's iTunes store. The Japanese based company is feeling threatened by the growing use of the iPhone and iPod as game playing devices and the iPad is set to follow in that direction with its ability to play games designed for the iPhone as well as those designed specifically for the tablet.

source: WSJ via MacRumors

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9 Comments

1. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Start with On-Time Releases... then you can start to think about competing in the big market (In the U.S. at least)

6. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Remember this is SONY not Sony Erricsson

8. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Touche... didn't even register in my head. Very good point.

2. Ray

Posts: 62; Member since: Apr 30, 2009

And let the games begin! with sony competing with apple we are gonna see alot of good stuff this year. that would be so cool if a smart phone played playstation 2 games even even ps3 games would be nice.

4. ohwhyfanboywhy

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

PS2 games would be impossible let alone PS3 games. Try fitting a 3.2ghz processor, dedicated graphics card (notice i said 'card' and not 'chip') and cooling device into a small handheld device or 4-50gb games onto flash memory... its just never gonna happen at this point and time. Plus I can't see how they could put a UI on top of the PSP's interface without it being inconvenient or complicating its own phone features.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

PS3 games.. sure, impossible at this day and age. PS2? Your giving it too much credit. Any decent mobile chip can pull ps2 graphix these days. No single disk ps2 game was 50gb. If they can get ps1/2 games to run smoothly and open them up for either digital download or either some sort of side loading from a computer, that would give Sony an advantage out of the gate. How many thousands of ps1/ps2 games are there? Put some phone and web capabilities on there, have a carrier subsidize it to keep the price low, and go into all out war with Apple.

3. uknow85

Posts: 38; Member since: May 28, 2009

sony can't even do the psp right i bought this psp go and its useless the downloadable games are still high and u can trade them in like a real game for store credit and its not a lot of options hardly any software updates just pretty much plain pointless waste of $250 bucks so im kinda upset with sony they need to do a better trophy system on the ps3 as well like the xbox 360 they need something new and different

5. JASON666

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

Give me mutil touch + task + screen + dl psp gaming PSPphone. its that too much to ask? Oh, by the way. REAL gamers dont play REAL games on a FREAKING DAME PHONE.....

7. adixxx

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

wrong. REAL gamers spend most of their time playing hardcore games in PC or XBOX 360 or PS3, but they still play on portable devices such as PSP, DS, or even any phone.

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