Recently rumours surfaced suggesting Sony might phase out their PSP in favour of developing a Sony Ericsson smartphone to compete with iPhone, Android Phones and the Blackberry, and today more details have surfaced from within the electronics giant that supports this idea, at least to a degree.
"There is a gaming market based on cellphones, and there are many changes that are being seen [with] Nintendo, as well as ourselves," said Sony CFO Masaru Kato and GM of Investor Relations, Gen Tsuchikawa, in an earnings call as reported by Gamesindustry.biz
. "In the field of the product for the gamers. And there are smartphones and others or even cellphones gaming markets are very popular here in japan. So the market itself is very... expanding.
"We will look into those markets in trying to develop strategy for the future. Of course, we can't talk about specific products, but smartphones and tablets... it is difficult to tell you how we can put the games on them, but they are not going to be planned in different parts of our company. I think we can better incorporate all of these capabilities better so when the timing is right we can probably announce the new product that we have."
Take from all of that what you will, but it was also recently revealed the phone division of Sony would be more incorporated with the company's gaming side, as the two - in the marketplace - converge equally. A Sony smartphone and/or tablet? Could they pull it off and take some of Apple's market share?