informa
1 MIN READ
News

Sony: We'll Address The 'Light' Mobile Gaming Market

Sony remains quiet on rumors of a "PSP Phone" in the works, but on its conference call to investors, acknowledges the evolution in the portable gaming business and its need to capture more of the smartphone and tablet arena.
Although Sony wouldn't say whether hardware photos purportedly of a prototype "PSP phone" were genuine, it's addressing mounting questions regarding its plans for the mobile arena alongside the diversification of that segment and the decline of the PSP. "Mobile gaming is a very important business area for us," said Sony CFO Masato Kato on the company's quarterly results call to investors (according to a SeekingAlpha transcript). Asked about Sony's product roadmap for its PlayStation Portable and mobile business, Kato noted that Sony will need to make more moves geared at the mobile app market. "We started out with the PSP that was our first mobile gaming console, but since then the market as you know has expanded in to bigger arenas that gaming on mobile phones, gaming on tablets, gaming on and also certain mobile devices," said Kato. "The PSP being a proprietary platform was more concentrated on I'd say the core gaming segment rather than the light game, but now we are addressing that market as well," said Kato. "I cannot be specific as to how we will introduce new products to address these markets," Kato added, "but one thing I can say is that we have those markets addressed and we will come out with products and services to capture the broader gaming market." Sony's "PSP Minis" program is believed to been an initial leg of the company's effort to better reach small apps and mobile gaming marketshare. But although the company said one million Minis were downloaded in the service's first nine months, it's remained a relatively quiet space.

Latest Jobs

Xbox Game Studios

Redmond, Washington
10.5.22
Technical Lighting Artist

Innogames

Hamburg, Germany
10.5.22
Game Designer - Elvenar

Six Foot

Houston, TX
10.3.22
Six Foot Director, Player Relations

Hometopia Inc.

Remote
10.7.22
Lead Engineer
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Explore the
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Job Board

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Explore the

Game Developer Job Board

Browse open positions across the game industry or recruit new talent for your studio

Browse
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more