Sony to Debut 3G-Equipped Gaming Device, Gaming Portal
Sony today announced a new gaming device and a new gaming portal aimed at Google's Android platform. The new Next Generation Portable will be a hand-held gaming device with a five-inch OLED display, 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS, and it will be aimed at competing with Nintendo's portable gaming systems and the iPhone. At the same time, Sony also announced the PlayStation Suite for gaming. The Suite will exist as an online portal for Android users to purchase PlayStation games for their smartphones. The PlayStation Suite will only work on devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up. Sony said that titles from its PSOne line will be made compatible with the PlayStation Suite and Android devices (including phones and tablets). According to Sony, the platform will be hardware neutral, meaning devices made by companies other than Sony and/or Sony Ericsson will be able to run the PlayStation titles. Sony will also introduce the relevant tool sets for developers to help them create games for — or port them to — the new PlayStation Suite. Exact availability of the gaming portal wasn't provided. Sony said the portable gaming device won't be ready until the end of the year.
Sony Releases Messaging App for PlayStation Gamers
Sony recently made a stand-alone, mobile messaging app available to users of its PlayStation gaming console. The app, which requires a PlayStation Network account, lets gamers see which friends are online and available, send text or voice messages with photos and stickers, and swiftly access messaging groups and lists.
Sony's PlayStation Video App Lets Android Devices Access Movies
Sony recently released the PlayStation Video application for Android devices. The app is essentially a portal to Sony's video content store and lets people watch movies or TV shows they've purchased or rented from Sony.
Sony Xperia Phones Can Now Broadcast Games to Twitch
Sony today announced a new partnership with Twitch that will let select Xperia smartphones broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch. Twitch has allowed Android devices to view gameplay before, Sony's Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4, and Xperia Z4v smartphones, and the Xperia Z4 Tablet can now push Android games to Twitch live.
Sony Forms Business to Make PlayStation Games for Phones
Sony is creating a new business unit with the express purpose of bringing PlayStation-branded games to smartphones and tablets. The company is changing its name from Sony Computer Entertainment to Sony Interactive Entertainment and at the same time forming ForwardWorks Corporation.
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