oh sony. you’re a mysterious bastard, aren’t you? you were all ‘omg playstation phone’ in 2007. ah, 2007. back when harry potter and the urgent need of an editor series finally, mercifully wrapped up. let’s not forget the big baseball steroid scandal. a lot of shit went down.
sigh. memory lane. you teased consumers, dear sony, about the possibility of a phone that would match the appetites of gamers everywhere. did you laugh, sony, when gamers across the world frothed at the mouth at what such a device could do for their lives? how it would enrich them, perhaps?
then you released the psp go. i can still hear crickets. psp go home!
the telegraph has discovered that despite being so goddamn long in the making, a sony playstation phone seems to be a real possibility. engadget has some pictures of it too, along with some more detail.
what do we think? are we excited? i don’t know, to be honest. i would probably give a try, given the dismal state my blackberry is in. then again, this might just be a unicorn and they’re not really useful as a handset.
bonnie tyler, you may be holding out for a hero, but i’m sticking to camp iphone so far.
never let it be said that sony is afraid of a clusterfuck. as we all know, the psp was great. for those of you just getting a clue, i will sum things up. the psp wasn’t perfect, but it had a lot of heart and everyone loved it. so when sony announced another psp, gamers were, to put it mildly, wickedly pumped. then the psp go hit the market, and it was like that guy who laughs uncontrollably at a funeral: awkward and eventually shunned.
sony had various takes on it. sometimes they bemoaned the average consumer’s woeful lack of taste. sometimes, they were just all ‘fuck it. we ROCK’. lately, they’ve been pretending they ‘meant to do it’. their european counterpart spent a lot of time looking reporters in the face while seriously telling them the pspgo was actually just a marketing experiment. yeah. they wanted to see ‘what their consumers wanted’. their consumers don’t want shit, or have their investment in games ruined, but they glossed over a lot of facts.
recently, they vowed to ‘not give up on the pspgo‘. this desperate ploy is likely a reaction to apple’s extreme sales tactics. we will talk about this later, but suffice to say there is naughty behaviour afoot. if you don’t have an apple device, a black-clad squad will come to your house in the middle of the night and beat you up til the wee hours of the morning. they will then force you to go out and buy something apple-related. maybe i am making this up. maybe i am not. maybe vegans are weird and we shouldn’t trust them. there’s a lot of questions.
anyway. sony is now giving – yes! – giving away content. sony plans to give away pspgo games. i believe this works for canada, but not sure. i am still too stunned by the whole ‘sony + free’ in the same sentence.
it had to happen at some point, and sony finally chose to jump on the bandwagon. the wall street journal smelled blood and ran an article that’s suggesting that sony is getting up off their lazy asses and building two devices to compete with apple. one’s a phone, and the other is the bastard child of a psp and an ebook, with a strain of netbook thrown in.
it’s being reported that they’re more motivated for this project in light of their sony ericsson failures. plus, the failure of the psp go.
there’s a buttload more sony psp phone details over at electronista.
you know, in a world where good products are a dime a dozen, you really have to go above and beyond to stand above the crowd. you can’t just fly by the seat of your pants anymore, or hope to luck out by being in the right place at the right time. you can’t even rely on brand loyalty anymore.
sony, by all accounts, had a good thing going with the psp. when it came out around 2003 or so, it was a handheld video game system, and came with multimedia capabilities. despite being in constant competition with that little nintendo ds bastard, the psp has a big library of games and commitment from everyone: developers, publisher and most gamers.
it also synched up with the ps3, and lets nerds control their ps3 remotely. do you have any idea what this means? it means you can be sitting at work, and downloading demos to be ready for you to play the second you get home in the evening.
even cooler? the rare ‘psp as a rearview mirror’ functionality. it’s been talked about, and i want to say it’s been done for ‘gran turismo’ [don’t quote me]. and, with games like lair letting you play the same game on both the ps3 and the psp, it’s like every birthday all at once.
when the psp go was being developed, gamers everywhere had crazy amounts of speculation. the big question, of course was: would it have dual joysticks like the ps3, making it easier to play? what kind of compatilibility would it have with the ps3? could you use it as a phone? a music player? god, so many questions.
when it finally arrived on the scene, everyone agreed that one sound was heard: the sound of crickets. sony gave us:
- no umd drive
- a $250 price tag
- no compatibility with previous psp accessories: games, hardware – you name it, you can kiss your investment goodbye
- nothing we actually wanted
- gave us less and charged more.