Sony's strategy of interoperability between the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita is starting to look like it'll turn out poorly for the Vita. While on the surface the strategy has its perks, for the consumer, it can be prohibitively expensive. How many people really believe that a second-screen gaming experience is worth buying new hardware for? Look at PlayStation All-Stars — it's the same game on PS3 and Vita, and allows you to play seamlessly on the couch or on the go with a save file that lives in Sony's cloud. It should be obvious that there are few fans enthusiastic enough to buy two copies of All-Stars so that they can play on the road with the same save file. This speaks to a worrying trend where the Vita ends up subordinated to the PS3, rather than enjoying a dedicated software library enabled by its truly unique hardware.
The next generation of console gaming hasn't even officially begun yet and Sony's already put a large egg in its basket. Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed that it has bought cloud gaming service Gaikai for a bucketload of money.
Sony revealed a ton of new and exciting games at its E3 press conference (many of which we've already known about), but it also introduced a new non-gaming experience — an augmented reality storybook that lets users interact with their books like never before with the PlayStation Eye and PlayStation Move.
It was rumored that Sony's next PlayStation (currently code-named "Orbis") and Microsoft's next-gen Xbox (code-named Durango) might lose the optical drive in favor of digitally-downloaded games. The WSJ's learned that these ideas were once very real at some point during development.
Nobody likes in-game advertisements (of any kind), but it's a necessary evil to either keep game costs low or free. But this patent filed by Sony last year called the "Advertisement Scheme for use with interactive content" is just messed up, no matter how you look at it.
Unless you have a fast Internet connection, downloading games digitally from the PlayStation Network (PSN) can take forever. Sony is adding a new feature to PSN that'll let gamers pre-download unreleased titles in advance.
With a new redesigned site, Amazon also dropped the ball on a new partnership with Sony to deliver its Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service to the PS3. Sony's console is now a Netflix-streaming box and an Amazon video streaming one.
Fans of the iPod Nano Watch may want to think about making an upgrade in the near future. Of course, the only trade off is that you'll have to switch to an Android device.
Sony might not be ready to talk PlayStation 4, but that doesn't mean the tech/gaming press isn't. Gaming blog Kotaku has the scoop on what could be a very bold change in gears for Sony's next game console.
Most power outlets are pretty dumb. Plug something in, and the juice will start flowing. This outlet developed by Sony brings some smarts to the lowly outlet, using smart card technology to identify what device is plugged in, and even identifying that object's owner.