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Sony Officially Brings PS4 Remote Play to iPhone and iPad ➝

A nifty new app that allows you to officially play PlayStation 4 games on your iPhone or iPad over Wi-Fi with Remote Play. It even has support for MiFi controllers, which is pretty rad.

I’d love to see this app become available for tvOS — it would likely convince me to actually buy a non-Nintendo console again. I just love the idea of being able to stick a PS4 somewhere in the house and have the ability to play games on any TV without even having to change TV inputs. But alas, it’s iPhone- and iPad-only for now.

Sony is Bringing PlayStation Games to Android and iOS ➝

Maybe they’ll release a MFi certified version of the PlayStation 3 or 4 controller. And what if they release these as universal apps that can be played on the Apple TV?

I mean, probably not, but that would certainly be pretty cool.

Sony to Support Remote Play on PC and Mac ➝

Shuhei Yoshida, Sony CE’s President of Worldwide Studios, writing on Twitter:

Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac.

Engadget Publishes Photos of Playstation Phone ➝

The folks over at Engadget have acquired some photos of and details regarding the rumored Playstation Phone. With the release of this device Sony is rumored to be launching a gaming platform built on Android that would deliver PSP-level games to smartphones. Whether or not those games would be playable on other Android handsets remains to be seen and there are still a lot of questions about developer support. But, at the very least we know that it exists.

Up until now it was hearsay but this device is something that Sony is indeed working on and it is pretty far along in it’s development. I’d love to think that Sony will be to portable gaming what Amazon is to e-books, they might not have the best device per se but because they’re also on everyone else’s device they can be very successful even without selling a lot of devices.

Unfortunately, this is Sony. And, with their track record of proprietary hardware and software lock-ins I don’t have any faith that they will allow users to install they’re marketplace or games on other handsets.

Sony Planning Streaming Video and Music Service ➝

Financial Times:

Sony will begin its latest attempt to fight back against Apple’s dominance in the digital media field on Wednesday, when it unveils a new music and video subscription service to run across a range of its devices.

The announcement is expected to be made in Berlin at the IFA technology show, just hours before Apple’s own music-themed press conference in California, which is expected to include updates to its iPod, iTunes and Apple TV products.

Sony started with an ad campaign and is now planning to announce a “me too” service on the day of Apple’s announcement. It’s an interesting strategy, I’m not sure if it’ll get much attention from the announcement. It’s unfortunate that they couldn’t get this announced before Apple’s event.

Sony Ericsson to Introduce Android Gaming Platform ➝

Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky reports that Sony Ericsson is planning to introduce a new Android gaming platform:

We now know (via a trusted source) that the company is actively and heavily developing a brand new gaming platform, ecosystem, and device (possibly alongside Google) which are already in the late stages of planning. And we’ve got the goods on it.

The device that will launch alongside the new platform has been described to them as a landscape slider with game controls in place of the typical QWERTY keyboard (think PSP go). The display will be between 3.7 and 4.1-inches with WVGA or better resolution.

The handset will run Android 3.0 with a new area of the Android Market specifically for their high-end PSP-quality games. God of War, Call of Duty, and LittleBigPlanet are all possible titles for the platform.

This could pose a real threat to Apple. Games is one area that iOS has excelled at, but if Engadget is right with their assertion that this new platform could launch as early as October, Apple’s going to have a serious fight on their hands.

Google and Sony Working on ‘Google TV’ ➝

Nick Bilton, writing in the New York Times, reports that Google, Intel, and Sony have come together to develop a platform called Google TV.

The platform is based on Android and they plan to release a toolkit to developers within the next couple of months, with actual products appearing as early as this summer.

Google TV will allow users to watch standard television programming while also letting them view content on websites like YouTube and Hulu.

For anyone who ever gave up on the Apple TV because of it’s lack of functionality, Google TV should come as great news. This is exactly the type of competition that Apple needs to get them innovating again. The Apple TV hasn’t seen too many improvements since it was first released back in 2007. There is so much potential in devices like this, the market just needs somebody big to push it forward, Google could be that somebody.

I’m really excited to see where this connected set-top box market goes. I think Tim Cook was right, there is something there.

Sony Announces Reader Daily Edition ➝

Sony Reader Daily Edition

Earlier this week Sony announced their “Reader Daily Edition.” It is a 7-inch touchscreen e-book reader with AT&T 3G, 16 levels of gray, and a new library finder service.

This new library service will allow users to check out e-books and other digital content from their local library, for free. The library pays for a number of book licenses and then lends out the right for a user to view the content. For example, a library would pay for 5 licenses of “iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon” and then up to 5 people can have that book “checked out” at a time. After 14-29 days the book will automatically disappear from your device and “return” to the library.

The Sony Reader Daily Edition will join Sony’s Pocket and Touch editions in December and will be priced at $399. And by the way, it doesn’t have a built in web browser (translation: I have no interest in this device).

Previously:
8/8/09:
Sony Reader Pocket and Touch Editions