Sony tablet / smartphone / PSP hybrid on the way?

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To call the launch of Sony‘s PSP Go a disaster would be a bit like saying the Titanic’s maiden voyage had a few hiccups; it bombed pretty hard, mostly due to the fact it wasn’t compatible with PSP owners’ back catalogue of UMD games.

But according to the Wall Street Journal, Sony may be preparing to launch a tablet-smartphone-PSP hybrid, as well as a smartphone with PSP-style gaming capabilities which will send all the naysayers packing.

According to “people familiar with the matter”, Sony are once again calling upon Sony Ericsson to help in the design of the devices, though Sony are said to be more closely involved than in the past. The Wall Street Journal also suggested that these two devices will be compatible with a new online content platform that Sony plan to launch in the US this month.

Kunimasa Suzuki, responsible for Sony’s VAIO and Network Mobile Center will apparently be taking up the charge of delivering these “segment-spanning” devices.

Still, if the precedent set by Nokia’s N-Gage is anything to go by, mobile-gaming hybrids may not be quite as exciting as they first seem.

Via: Wall Street Journal

Gerald Lynch