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Sony: PS Mobile is an Attempt to Keep Brand Relevant

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Sony's PlayStation brand cannot live on consoles and handhelds alone, the company says.

Sony just launched PlayStation Mobile days ago on the PlayStation Vita and across a limited number of Android devices. The mobile offering is undoubtedly PlayStation-like in a visual sense, but the platform itself currently offers a mixture of 1st-party casual titles and games offered by independent developers. What Sony fans won't see are classic titles from the original PlayStation console.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Sony UK boss Fergal Gara said that the new mobile platform is an attempt to keep the PlayStation brand relevant in a mobile world. He points out that smartphones and tablets have become gaming platforms, thus the gaming habits of consumers young and old are evolving at a rapid pace – faster than ever before, he said.

In other words, Sony is losing ground to Apple and Google. The company is facing a market where consumers already own a smartphone that can play Angry Birds, Uno, Farmville (iOS) and other casual games. The more beefier phones can handle near-console quality titles for a fraction of the cost of a PlayStation Vita game. Given Android's lead in the smartphone market and its open-source nature, Google's platform is a perfect fit for Sony's mobile entry.

"We want the PlayStation brand to be where consumers are," he said. "So we're going to have to evolve our business models. We're going to have to reach out beyond the traditional narrow world of: we do consoles underneath tellies (TVs) full stop. We're taking our brand out, whether it be through PlayStation Mobile or through cloud techniques or acquisitions. That's the goal. We want PlayStation to be a brand that serves consumers well by being where they want to be."

He goes on to admit that the PlayStation brand cannot live on console and handheld hardware alone. "Do we want to be relevant in the future to the world of gaming? Absolutely," he said. "Of course we do. Do we have a great strength in handheld and home consoles? Yes we do. But will that be enough on its own? Well no, not necessarily. So we'd like to be as relevant as we possibly can be. PlayStation is a great gaming brand, but it can't become irrelevant by only doing things one way when consumers do things many ways."

Despite previous reports, he said PSone Classics may land on PlayStation Mobile anyway (probably not here in the States as we've already seen), and there's a possibility minis may make an appearance as well. For the uninitiated, minis are Sony's answer to apps, sold in the PlayStation Store opposite to full-blown game downloads for the PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation Vita.

"The minis program keeps going," he said. "They're not included in PS Mobile yet. Could they be and what content would be loaded in? That will continue to evolve over time."

To read the full interview, head here.


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    nikolayivanov321 , October 7, 2012 6:46 AM
    You know what will keep the brand alive? PS4.
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    nameon , October 7, 2012 11:23 AM
    the day when consoles are taken off the throne by tablets is the day tablets are made compatible proper controllers, have PROPER games, Proper power, a stand-up gizmo for your desk, proper connectivity, AND proper distribution otherwise its NO from me...

    the screen size wont be an issue since most likely tablets will be able to connect to TVs (even today many are capable of such).
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    Chipi , October 7, 2012 12:05 PM
    Fergal Garasmartphones and tablets have become gaming platforms, thus the gaming habits of consumers young and old are evolving at a rapid pace – faster than ever before

    No shit Sherlock!
    Problem is, you're already waaay behind...
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    darkavenger123 , October 7, 2012 1:55 PM
    SONY has lost it all...they have no idea what they're doing and just trying to jump onto bandwagons instead of making good use of their IP. Frankly, i am already sick of handphone and tablet games. i am mostly playing PSP games now...despite the inferior graphics and screen, offers true console gaming experience. What they should do is to make available PS1 and PS2 games on the Android platform at low price. It'll sell by the millions, if not billions. The Xperia Play was a good idea, but wasn't supported by the software availibity. If they have even like 30% of all the top PS1 and PS2 titles on movbile, the Playstation brand will rise faster than regenerated dead zombies....No wonder SONY are going downhill while Samsung is now King of the Hills.
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    Shin-san , October 7, 2012 2:34 PM
    is an Attempt to Keep Brand Relevant
    The fanboys are seriously going to eat that up.

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    itchyisvegeta , October 8, 2012 1:53 AM
    Now release some content for my Xperia Play, and we are set. Been waiting a year.
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    kyuuketsuki , October 8, 2012 6:22 AM
    Yeah, some crappy casual titles isn't going to make Playstation Mobile a bulwark for keeping the Playstation brand relevant in the smartphone/tablet market. You have to put Playstation Classics on it to make anyone care. Then, after that, focus on developing some *real*, *quality* original games. Possibly tablet-compatible gaming peripherals.
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