Sony “S1″ PlayStation Tablet in Development


Sony has a new PlayStation-Certified Device in development, and no, its NOT the recently announced Xperia Play phone. Rumours have been floating around about a tablet Sony was working on, but Engadget says they have new information, from two independent sources, stating that the tablet is currently in development. It, reportedly, will have a $599 price range for the WiFi-only version and it could be released as early as September. The weird wrap on the top is meant to shift the weight to the bottom of the device so it is easier to hold. It also allows the screen to be used as a touch keyboard when laid flat on a table.

Features quoted after the jump.

The tablet itself, we’re told, is 100 percent focused on Qriocity, Sony’s music, games, e-books, and videos on demand service that’s just been launched in Europe. It comes preloaded with Sony PS One games, a Bravia Media Remote, and yes, PlayStation integration

Although the tablet looks like a hollow 9.4-inch capacitive touch panel sporting a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution from the distance, the space between the the front and back wrapped panels is actually stuffed with a battery and circuitry including a Tegra 2 processor. As such, you won’t be hanging it from the towel rack. It also features both front- and rear-facing cameras as well as a USB-A port that plays host to USB thumb drives or media devices. The only physical buttons — volume and on / off — are located on the edge of each indented side. There’s also the possibility that the S1 will feature a “Q” (for Qriocity) button but that decision has not been finalized, according to one of our sources. Oh, and there’s an IR port built-in allowing you to control devices other than your Bravia TV. The front face is finished in a high-gloss black that sits flush with the display and continues in one unobstructed sweep to the back of the tablet where a subtle dot matrix texture is applied to enhance the grip. The underside is a matte-silver color creating a nice contrast. All materials, we’re told, feel very premium though it’s unclear if we’re talking plastic, aluminum, or something else.


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  1. #1 by Ace on February 16th, 2011 [ 23465 Points ]

    Hmmm I shall call it NGSP(Next Gen Semi-Portable)

  2. #2 by premiersoupir on February 16th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    so… this is a sony ipad? let’s hope it’s done right. anyone remember the sony line of mp3 players? they transcoded music to sony’s proprietary ATAC format, which is compatible with *nothing*. ridiculous.

  3. #3 by Beastxjason on February 16th, 2011 [ 25936 Points ]

    This was in the new around ipad launch lol think it was fox news

  4. #4 by Eddie on February 16th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    it’ll likely be ran by android and play only the xperia type playstation games.

  5. #5 by Luke on February 16th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    supposedly it can play ps1 classics and can remote or will remote into the ps3. but yeah i believe this was mentioned around the time the iPad came out it just wasn’t as solid as it is now.

  6. #6 by EdEN on February 16th, 2011 [ 141871 Points ]

    Ok, that image just makes the product look weird.. even by Sony standards.

  7. #7 by Kane112 on February 16th, 2011 [ 34187 Points ]

    lol true weird image

  8. #8 by kennygk on February 16th, 2011 [ 25663 Points ]

    Apparently the folded shape is supposed to make it feel personal, like a folded magazine, but it just makes it look really weird haha

  9. #9 by pedro on February 17th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Problem with this things is the apps market and development.

    Apple Products and Android Devices will own this product.

  10. #10 by Royalty32 on February 17th, 2011

    I feel like Sony is tryna do way to much. I think they need to slow dwn a bit. I mean really do we really need another tablet when theres the ipad, samsung galaxy tablet, black berry tablet, motorola tablet the list goes on. I understand the competive nature of things but slow dwn Sony. Bring out the psp2 and the ps phone first b4 u ebn talk about a PS tablet. Am i the only one who feels this way.

  11. #11 by pedro on February 17th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Royalty32: I feel like Sony is tryna do way to much. I think they need to slow dwn a bit. I mean really do we really need another tablet when theres the ipad, samsung galaxy tablet, black berry tablet, motorola tablet the list goes on. I understand the competive nature of things but slow dwn Sony. Bring out the psp2 and the ps phone first b4 u ebn talk about a PS tablet. Am i the only one who feels this way.  

    I’m with you buddy.

    All companies are going crazy with the success of the IPad and IPhone and want to get a cut of the action, however that leads to release of undeveloped products and things people don’t really want.

    Sony got it right with the NGP, but yet ANOTHER mobile phone that plays games and ANOTHER random tablet that won’t be an IPad is a terrible decision.

    That is valid for Sony and many other companies that are doing the same thing.

  12. #12 by anonymoose on February 17th, 2011

    I hate the ipad…it’s just an oversized iphone…really no point to it whatsoever….and like people said they should focus more on the PSP2 rather then competing with all other companies…SONY doesn’t have to be the big man EVERYTIME :/


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