Smartphone gaming continues to ratchet up the pressure on traditional mobile platforms like the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, with market analysts Flurry releasing stats that show iOS and Android gaming almost doubled their market share against the old-school consoles. The Nintendo DS dived from 70-percent in 2009 to 57-percent in 2010, while the PSP share slipped from 11-percent to 9-percent, judged by revenue.
Let's begin today with some awesome news from Google - you know that big fat developers conference they have every year, the one where you get to talk to all your developer friends, the one that sold out this year in 8 hours? Well you're in luck, even if you didn't get a ticket, because they're totally streaming the whole thing. Then let's get into some FCC business, a column or two, and some very exciting launch news from a couple of fabulous Android-toting businesses.
I am very surprised to hear this bit of news. We have mentioned already that the 3DS set a one-day sales record for sales with the launch of the 3DS. Naturally, I assumed that the 3DS was selling in droves still and I bet a lot of other geeks did too. Apparently, the 3DS isn't selling as well as I thought.
Sony has announced that its Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity streaming audio service will land on the PSP as of April 14. The update will mean that PSP owners will be able to stream any of Sony's 7m+ tracks direct to their handheld console over WiFi; the service is already available on Sony computers and the PS3, and will soon be coming to the company's Android handsets.
I was never that impressed by the original PSP, the games on the system weren't that great and the portable device itself was just not as fun as the Nintendo DS to me. When Sony unveiled the NGP last month the new portable looks great and I am excited about it. The unveiling of the NGP early in the year for a launch near the holiday season of 2011 left a lot of us wondering why the console was announced so early.
Sony's PSP refresh, code named Next Generation Portable (NGP), is a major overhaul two years in the making. But Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai promises that this time around they designed the device with the price in mind.
As expected, Sony has outed its "PSP2", currently codenamed the Sony next generation portable entertainment system or NGP, and expected to go on sale at the end of 2011. Based on a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU, the NGP has a 5-inch OLED 960 x 544 multitouch-capable touchscreen on the front and a multitouch pad on the back, for what Sony describes as "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" gestures in gameplay.
Despite the rumors swirling around that the next version of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) will be announced on January 27th, Sony has announced on their official blog that they're not forgetting about the current generation of PSP out there in the wild. Unfortunately, Sony's being pretty tight-lipped about the update, providing a bare minimum of information on their site to announce the firmware update.
Sony's imminent PlayStation plans - whether for the PSP2 or the PlayStation Phone - look even more solid, with Bloomberg reporting on sources that have apparently confirmed the firm's release schedule. According to sources, Sony will indeed announce the new PSP2 on January 27, followed by a MWC 2011 debut for the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play (aka the PlayStation Phone).
Sony is tipped to unveil its PSP2 portable console in an exclusive Tokyo event on January 27 2011, according to multiple sources. Both VG247 and MCV report tips that a "business overview and strategy meeting" has been scheduled for "very select press"; Sony itself has declined to comment on the speculation.