If there was ever a relevant moment in the original Star Wars trilogy, it would have been during the Empire Strikes Back when an ancient Jedi Master named Yoda calmly stated that "Size matters not." Yoda then proceeded to lift a multi-ton spaceship out of a muddy bog and placed it exactly where he wanted it using nothing more than the force. With that inspirational moment in mind, we think of Sony's recent unveiling of the much-anticipated, next-generation handheld console, currently codenamed the "Next Generation Portable" -- or "iPod touch killer" in some circles.
There's been a lot of smack talk over the past year from Sony surrounding the iPhone as a gaming device in comparison to the PSP. While most consumers can see that the comparison of a device that does pretty much everything to one that focuses on doing one task very well is an apples and oranges sort of affair. However, all that could change this Thursday as Sony will could be officially announcing the details of their much rumored and often prayed for PSP phone.
Sony has made it clear that they view Apple and the iPhone as a threat to their mobile gaming dominance with the PSP, with the latest “line in the sand” being drawn with a television commercial that sort of entirely misses the whole point.
Street Journal reports that Sony Corp. is feeling threatened by
Apple's lineup of portable devices. They're responding by developing new
devices of their own, including a smart phone that can play some
PlayStation games and a PSP-compatible answer to the iPad.
Apparently Apple is now trying to surpass Nintendo and Sony as the leader in handheld gaming. Seems like a huge goal considering the 20 years Nintendo has dominated since they came out with the original Gameboy.