Sony Preparing New Handheld Devices to Take On Apple

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) on Sony's plans to develop a new lineup of handheld devices to compete against Apple's iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
    The initiative seems to be an expansion of an effort revealed last year, with Apple's forthcoming iPad now serving as yet another target for Sony. According to today's report, Sony is targeting a 2010 launch for these devices, although specifications and pricing are currently unknown.

    The devices will reportedly be designed to take advantage of Sony long-standing leadership position in mobile gaming while also leveraging the company's new media service due for launch this month as a competitor to Apple's iTunes Store. Sony has felt increasing pressure as Apple and third-party developers have been increasingly positioning the iPhone, and particularly the iPod touch, as gaming devices. The iPad, which will be able to run iPhone games as well as iPad-specific applications, obviously offers yet another venue for quality gaming experiences.

    Article Link: Sony Preparing New Handheld Devices to Take On Apple
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2006
    I'd love to see what Sony can do, hopefully with a more focused and sustained effort.
  3. macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Running what lousy desktop OS scaled down to run on a tablet device?

    What a joke. Seen it all before.

    Bring on the "iPad Killers."
  4. macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2009
    If I were Sony I would create a custom os specifically for their device.
  5. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    It will probably run Android like all the rest.

    I bet Linus is having a great time about right now.
  6. macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada

    Pretty sure Nintendo has held the leadership position in mobile gaming since the original Gameboy to the DSi. PSP sales don't come close to the sales Nintendo's mobile gaming devices.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2010
    Lagrange Point
    Sony is having a hard time competing with Microsoft. What makes them think they could compete with Apple or Google?
  8. macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2008
    Will be interesting to see what they do, but I am not expecting much of Sony. Everything they have done in the mobile space has been quite lackluster.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    In my opinion, gaming is actually one of those few features, where the iPad will succeed. For people like me, who don't even see the need for a Playstation or wouldn't have a Wii, the iPad is ideal. Oops, that come out the wrong way!
  10. macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Same reaction to the statement - it's simply false. Perhaps the author consoles, not mobile?
  11. MMX
    macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    Take on Apple? How?
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2006
    Yeah blah, blah, blah...

    Sony stuffs are good but can not compete with Apple.

    The Vaio was supposed to be the competitor for the Powerbook.

    Sony can come with what ever they want regarding computer peripherals but if some oen need a table won't look for Sony, it will look for Apple.

    Sony is good for TVs, DVD playeras and cameras, that is their field.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    Sony is not a one-trick pony. In what way do they compete with Google? Perhaps Google has its name on a few phones now, but that is small change compared to the revenue, these giants generate. At least, with Apple it's not just phones, but portable computers and television boxes too.
  14. macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    The PS Wee.
  15. macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    I hope Sony does well.. It'll only make Apple push technology even further ..
  16. macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007
    Good for Sony. Smaller handheld devices are their forté, but I don't see them taking over the tablet market. This is largely going to be a software battle, and they're atrocious at UI design and flow, IMO.
  17. macrumors regular

    May 21, 2007
    Sony's been making hand held devices for years! It's not about the devices, Sony. It's about the integration, ease of use, and CONTENT management.

    Don't you watch the keynotes by Jobs?
  18. macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    If I had a dime for every time I've heard that. That, and the tired "competition is good" line.

    "I hope ABC company does well, because that will force/push/compel Apple to innovate."

    The thing is, Apple has been "pushing technology further" on their own for years now, and in fact, Apple is usually the one forcing everyone else to up their game.

    Apple doesn't respond to market pressures. Apple goes its own way and everyone else follows when they see Apple's success in these new or heretofore untapped areas.
  19. macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2008
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    Sony is a has-been.

    Its Walkman line crumbled with competition from the iPod
    The Playstation brand is failing in this generation of console wars
    Their Vaio computers are not selling

    Screw you Sony. I am never buying another one of your products. "This fault isn't covered under warranty". What? So faulty disc drives in my PSone and PS2 that were less than a year old don't get fixed? And my PSP randomly turns off.

    iHate you Sony.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    I wanna see Sony do well (own/love their TVs), but honestly, they haven't done anything "big" since the Playstation 2.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    New York

    (as long as it doesn't complicate the eReader format-war-type-stuff. i don't want to be locked into one platform)
  22. macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    It's not really that they're has-beens, but that they've become a generic name in a sea of generic names. They really have no premiere, stand-out devices that lead their respective segments. Even in TVs and audio equipment. Just more "Sony alternatives" to the same products. Not much brand differentiation anymore. Boring and uninspiring.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2008
    How long until Apple sues Sony over Ipad patent infringement? Not long is my guess...
  24. macrumors 68000


    Mar 13, 2007
    What about Xbox 360 RROD in 30% of units or how the drive like to scratch discs.
  25. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2004
    When Apple learns to add physical buttons onto their 'gaming' devices, then Sony should be worried. If they decide on analogue sticks (no idea how)..then be really worried! Touch screen gaming sucks.

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