Rumors regarding the upcoming, but still as of yet unannounced PSP2 may have all been knocked down a notch, when compared to this latest one. MCV is reporting that Sony is going around telling developers and publishers that the portable gaming system is just as every bit as powerful as the PlayStation 3 home video game console.
Sony Ericsson refused to talk PlayStation when we met with them yesterday and fondled the XPERIA Arc, but that isn't stopping the persistent leaks of the SE PlayStation Phone itself (aka the XPERIA Play). Chinese site IT168 managed to grab an extended play with the gaming smartphone, finding it powered by Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8255 and Adreno 205 GPU. Meanwhile there was also a preloaded PlayStation Pocket app store.
The leaked images of the supposed Sony PSP2 last month weren't exactly clear, but they were obviously enough for PSM3 Magazine's designers to whip up some juicy looking renders from. Now up on GameTrailers, the mock-ups show the dual-analog stick design and the reworked button layout, together with the slider form-factor obviously taken from the PSP Go.
The rumors surrounding when the Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone will land keep going. The latest rumor has the device landing in the spring of 2011. That rumor comes from a Japanese paper called Asahi Shimbun and was printed today. According other paper the device will be based on the PSPgo.
Sony's PSP Go failed to ignite the mobile gaming market in the way that the company hoped it might, but that hasn't stopped Sony engineers and designers from pushing ahead with another PSP successor. According to Sony's gaming chief, Kazuo Hirai, the company has been looking to the next-gen handheld "since the day" the PlayStation was released, and might use both a touchscreen and traditional physical gaming controls. Meanwhile, Hirai believes there's still a segment of gamers for whom the popular - and cheap - iOS, Android and other mobile games aren't sufficient.
Sony has launched the next step in its attempt to take on iTunes, in the shape of Music Unlimited. Using the same Qriocity cloud system as Sony's previous Video On Demand service, Music Unlimited kicks things off with a 6m-strong catalog and support for network-enabled BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray players and home theater systems, your PS3 or your laptop; meanwhile, Android-based phones and tablets are next in line.
The mobile gaming market may not be as intense as the home console market, but there's obviously still a lot of money to be made within its reach. So there's no surprise that analysts would want to get their opinion out there about what's coming, and how they think it will affect the market as a whole. When it comes to Sony's PlayStation Portable 2, there's a lot of discussion about whether or not it will be a waste of time for Sony, or be a smash-hit. Obviously, Sony believes that they've got a hit on their hand, and even some developers out there who have managed to get some hands-on time with the portable gaming console think it's nice. But, for analyst Michael Pachter, none of that matters, because the PSP2 is already DOA.
Even if some companies out there believe that unlimited music for a monthly subscription-style fee isn't the best bet, there's plenty of other companies out there who would disagree. And plenty of consumers who would, too. If you own a PSP, you're about to get your own taste of the subscription-based music platform yourself, as the upcoming software update to the PSP, and PlayStation 3, isn't just about the movies. It's also bringing Qriocity's Music Unlimited service to the portable gaming platform.
Sony Ericsson's PlayStation Phone is poised to make its debut at Mobile World Congress in February 2011, according to the latest leaks, with the company likely to use Sony's BRAVIA branding to describe the high-quality display and internally aiming for a $500 unsubsidized price. That's the word from MobileCrunch's trusted tipster, who suggests the Android-based smartphone offered "the best gaming experience [they've] ever had on a mobile device."
Hooray, Sony will soon be bringing their Qriocity streaming movie service to all PSP machines and Bravia TVs and Blue-ray players and home theater systems in the UK. Oh you UK, you're gonna love it. What this means for the PSP is access to the Sony Music Unlimited library, for the other devices, this will mean they've got complete access to the stream of streaming goodness. In the PSP, this update will require the user to move to version 6.35 (which is coming soon.) Along with the update will come an icon that'll sit in the XMB interface's Music category.