Posts Tagged With 'Sony'
Hmmm. Three to five hours…and that’s with online capabilities disabled. Sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it? I wonder how Sony fans are adapting to the news. I’d like to send them all a card: “Misery loves company, guys. Welcome aboard the S.S. Recharge.”
Sony named, dated, and priced its new handheld today. Dubbed PS Vita, the touch and control enabled handheld is as powerful as modern consoles. It supports interoperable multiplayer with PS3, and has a street pass like feature called “near.” Oh, and it’s $250, just like 3DS, and launching this fall.
That said, it’s being reported that Sony will lose money in releasing Vita, whereas Nintendo is already turning a profit on every 3DS sold. Does any that change how you feel about 3DS? And would you buy a PS Vita, given its comparable price, while knowing its predecessor sorely lacked games?
- Blame the customers for lower than expected sales.
- Fledgling handheld.
- Rumored $400 next-gen console.
- Ignore the competition, label it insignificant or kiddie or even dangerous to the industry.
- Use weird doublespeak and borderline lies in your press releases when things aren’t going well.
- Announce new hardware years in advance via a controlled press leak instead of making it immediately available to normal folks in intimate Ambassadors settings within people’s homes.
Did you say Sony, circa the launch of the PlayStation 3 or PSP Go? Wrong answer.
PlayStation CEO trolls for headlines by calling 3DS “babysitting tool”, probably needs his diaper changed
What do you do in the dog-eat-dog business world when the competition has left your mangled corpse in the dust in terms of sales figures? Inform the press that your rivals are a bunch of poopoo buttfaces , clap the dirt off your hands and pat yourself on the back for a job well done, of course. Total self-delusion is doing wonders for Charlie Sheen — when your career takes a huge nosedive, just fly in the face of all logic and reason, adamantly repeat that you’re still “Winning, DUH!” and they’ll believe you. Why not Sony too?
So Sony is allegedly readying a PSPGo with a cellphone bolted on, courtesy Sony Ericsson. Gaming is changed forever! The 3DS is doomed!
I kid, I kid. I think. More seriously, word is Nintendo and Nokia had a similar arrangement back in the day that never materialized, for reasons unknown (the device even went through the R&D process!). This isn’t exactly new territory, in other words.
Still, it led me to ponder how portable gaming would look if the major players (Nintendo and Sony) suddenly started selling cellphone contracts alongside their portables. Sony, obviously, is seriously considering it, perhaps as some kind of new tactic to crack Nintendo’s multi-decade dominance over the portable space. If there’s one thing customer surveys and consumer trends show, it’s that gamers want more 2-year contract lock-in with their portable gaming experiences. Good luck.
As we already know, Nintendo, with the 3DS, is going to go with an always on wifi platform where 3D portables will talk to one another like chatty best friends, should they sense their own kind nearby. No subscription plans there—but what if there were?
What if we lived in a world where two-year cellphone contracts were the norm for portable gaming? How would you feel? What benefits would there be, in your opinion, with this arrangement? The iPhone and Android devices have a ton of games, true, but they still remain Leatherman devices incapable of making a serious play at Nintendo’s piece of the portable pie. At least, that’s how I see it. Weigh in, won’t you?