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  • New Sony PSP to Borrow Ideas from iPhone



    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the folks at Apple may receive a genuine compliment from Sony. According to an interesting new report in the New York Times, it sounds as though Sony's next generation PlayStation Portable handheld gaming device will "borrow" some of the winning attributes of Apple's smartphone/mobile-gaming-system known as the iPhone.

    Sony executive Kazuo Hirai says that the forthcoming PSP update will likely include touch-based controls and other technologies that will effectively infuse some of the iPhone's characteristics into Sony's next portable gaming system refresh. Hirai, however, still recognizes that the Sony PSP player differs in gaming and control preferences from a casual iPhone gamer. “The games being played on Android and Apple platforms are fundamentally different from the world of immersive games that Sony Computer Entertainment, and PlayStation, aims for,” Hirai admitted.

    Still, while the games played on each platform may be apples and oranges, Sony can't help but perceive Apple's iPhone/iPod touch to be a mega-competitor in the mobile gaming space. As a result, Sony is making no secret of its plan to capitalize on Apple's proven formula. “Depending on the game, there are ones where you can play perfectly well with a touch panel,” Hirai said. “But you can definitely play immersive games better with physical buttons and pads. I think there could be games where you’re able to use both in combination.”

    New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Sony PSP to Borrow Ideas from iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. Infeneon's Avatar
      Infeneon -
      Knowing Apple, some lawsuits will be filed if that is implemented...
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      ^^^^^
      Just a matter of time lol
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      PSP...

      Play Station Phone?
    1. lilrican21's Avatar
      lilrican21 -
      Psp should just die. And just focus on ps3.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      blah blah blah - the iPhone killed the PSP - hows that for casual? There are plenty of games that are "PSP quality" on the Apple and Android AppStores.
    1. tremerone's Avatar
      tremerone -
      I fail to notice where in that article it states that they are taking ideas from the iPhone. Considering it is a Sony Ericsson phone running Android. I could understand that they are looking at the competition of smartphones as gaming platforms but your article makes it sound like it will be a Sony Ericsson phone running iOS (more or less).

      And the device is called the Sony Ericsson Zeus.
    1. tom3k's Avatar
      tom3k -
      i will go on record now as saying this. i have always felt the psp would do horribly as a cellular phone. a psp is expensive. as is a cellphone. to have a psp+cellphone would easily be a small fortune. the iphone does great as a game system because it has and always will be a cellphone first. and then there is always a reliable diverse library of software to run on it. games happened to be in that extensive lineup. the psp has an ever failing selection of software titles. even more limited if you purchase their newer pspGO unit, which does not receive even a fraction of the titles that the older umd reliant brother gets. i would like to see how this is played out in terms of marketing/campaigning because if sony doesnt overcome the 'ngage complex' and make a worth while subsidized vs unsubsidized pricing it will suffer the same fate.

      *sad proud owner of ngage 1st/2nd gen and a pspGO
    1. MuseFan288's Avatar
      MuseFan288 -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      blah blah blah - the iPhone killed the PSP - hows that for casual? There are plenty of games that are "PSP quality" on the Apple and Android AppStores.
      i dont see monster huner or ff7 on the app store. -_- or any of the best sellers. with gaming my ipod touch 4g will never replace my psp and/or ds. unless the games are ported and fully playable then it might replace both.
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      Queue the lawyers, Steve.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      blah blah blah - the iPhone killed the PSP - hows that for casual? There are plenty of games that are "PSP quality" on the Apple and Android AppStores.
      Games on iPhone is a joke, yes they sell lots of it because they are cheap and can play to pass the time. But if I really want portable gaming iPhone stays in my pocket and I would pull out a PSP. The reason why I hate games on iPhone is because of the damn touch control sucks, rather have real buttons for gaming.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      iPhone has games that are fun for 5 minutes at a time, PSP has games with better story lines.

      You really do need buttons to play a game properly. PSP is dead until PSP2 comes out anyway.

      OT:I wish Apple would make a home gaming system, it would sell really good, I think Apple should come in with a gaming console to compete with the PS4 and the 3rd Xbox next generation, is the perfect time with the success they have.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      ^^I wouldn't want Apple to come out with home video game system, can't even do iTV right why would video game system work.
      You would have similar type of gaming as iPhone, also Apple's reluctance to go blueray on computers already means everything needs to be downloaded to hard drive... Don't have drive space? too bad! buy an over priced Apple external drive to expand your drive space or delete the games you bought! Yeah that would be an overpriced gaming system.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      "borrow"? Seems more like "steal then get sued"
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Touch sensor on devices is not new, Apple did not invent it nor were they first to use it.
      If Apple can sue for this then Sony can also sue Apple for using accelerometer, I recall Sony used Accelerometer on controllers before Apple.
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      I sense a lawsuit.

      Sent from my iPhone 4 using ModMyi
    1. OPTICS's Avatar
      OPTICS -
      Typical Sony, always "borrow"ing ideas from others.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      PSP was a good idea, but Sony just crashed and burned it... I mean who the hell wants 500 UMD'S?? The new PSP Go sucks too, they got a great idea, but execute it so poorly...
    1. Gyngabread Man's Avatar
      Gyngabread Man -
      Quote Originally Posted by tom3k View Post
      to have a psp+cellphone would easily be a small fortune. the iphone does great as a game system because it has and always will be a cellphone first.

      Its only a cellphone first if you hold it "the right way." last I checked there wasn't a way to hold the latest psp to make it stop doing it primary function.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Borrow??? So are they going to return it?
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by lilrican21 View Post
      Psp should just die. And just focus on ps3.
      Fail.

      iPhone gaming is what it is because it was DESIGNED to emulate the qualities of successful handhelds like the PSP.

      Give credit where credit is due.

      [nitpick]PSP isnt a company, either.[/nitpick]

      @Piston597 - You have to think of the handheld ecosystem of the day when the first PSP came out. Flash drive were strill prohibitively expensive, discs were the only realistic option. When the Go came out, it was a logical evolution to ditch the UMD drives. The problem was that there was no way for people to get their purchased games from a disc format to one that would work on the Go.

      Then add the bad "nerd" press it got for not being able to hack/homebrew (read ISO piracy) and it was doomed.