PlayStation + Android Wish List


  • Snap-on or add-on hardware controls: Traditional gaming buttons and analog sticks/pads are a must for many types of games, but I don’t want to buy an Xperia Play to get them. Firstly, I want to pick a different Android device; there are devices with way better CPU/GPU/RAM, better build quality, cameras, extras, etc. Secondly, I don’t want to have a “game phone”. I like to keep my passive entertainment activities out of sight when I’m in serious work mode.
  • Good Games: I love the idea of getting games on my phone, but the games that are available are underwhelming. For example, Angry Birds is a dumb game but is the source of a lot of excitement. But the excitement is really about the game as a showpiece for these new amazing devices, rather than for the game itself. I’d like to see fully realized, deep experience games, on these devices.

    In the US, people, including myself, have completely lost interest in the PSP as a device, but if you can put the device preference aside and actually compare game quality, PSP comes out far, far ahead of iPhone/iPad and more so with Android. Obviously, mixing PlayStation level content with any Android device is the goal.

  • Better than PSP specs: The PSP is generations behind Android/iOS in terms of basic CPU/GPU/RAM. 2D games like Patapon or Echoshift don’t seem to suffer but games like Metal Gear Peace Walker really do. The game itself is so amazingly well done but the basic 3D tech is so wildly dated. People don’t want to play sub-PS2 level 3D games any more.
  • Non-fixed hardware specs (?): There are obvious pros/cons to using the traditional console fixed spec model where you set a CPU/GPU/RAM level and stick at that exact level for 5-10 years vs. the PC/phone/tablet model, where there are constant hardware improvements, and games need to support a range of devices. I don’t know if it would work with the mass market (hence the question mark), but personally I’d love to experience PlayStation-level content on new hardware every year or two.
  • Device convergance: They obviously have this issue covered, but it’s worth mentioning. I would rather not have to buy a separate gaming device and keep it charged, keep a separate case, etc. I want to use my regular super phone, ideally an optional attachment for real sticks and gaming buttons, and be able to enjoy good games.

Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Dynojunkee420 on April 7th, 2011 [ 860 Points ]

    If they released a phone that had optional things to attach to it, everyone would be begging for the Xperia Play, with a dpad and buttons that slide out. If you use your phone for work, then don’t get a gaming phone. You can’t expect there to be in depth games already, the concept is relatively still new. No one opens an App Store with 10,000 apps in it. You have to speak for yourself and not ‘people’, because some do want to play those games. I get tons of Minis for free via PlayStation Plus and yeah, they work on the PS3 and PSP but they are far superior on the PSP, controls and graphics wise, it’s really what they’re meant for and they are awesome! In all honesty, the PSP needs more games like Angry Birds along with a wider range of in depth games, which will reveal themselves over time as with most markets. There’s a larger market for smartphones, which is why you have the increase in hardware so often. More competitors, more improvements, more companies, quicker success, and quicker for competitors to one up each other. However, the competition between gaming handhelds is fairly slim when it comes down it, thus, slower progress in the industry.

    That’s how I see it. We need to be more grateful for things and less picky. We have little magical devices in our hands that can do more than we can. Nevertheless, a little bit of feedback never hurt anyone. Thanks for the article.

  2. #2 by Dean147 on April 7th, 2011 [ 359 Points ]

    I think getting an NGP then an ordinary phone on the side is a better option

  3. #3 by Darrin on April 7th, 2011 [ 17143 Points ]

    @Dyno

    “We need to be more grateful for things and less picky”

    I’m completely grateful. My expectations have been far surpassed by the quality of games coming out and the Android devices coming out. But I am still going to cheer for more.

    “If you use your phone for work, then don’t get a gaming phone.”

    Why? Because you say so? Tons of people buy laptops for serious purposes, but then want to play games on them. That’s how it usually works.

  4. #4 by Pedro on April 7th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Darrin: Why? Because you say so? Tons of people buy laptops for serious purposes, but then want to play games on them. That’s how it usually works.  

    That’s very true. I know I have.

    I really liked your ideas, but unfortunately they seem a bit unrealistic to me (I hope I’m wrong though). Starting with good games, i know it’s not much to ask, but have you seen the games they’re showcasing? Just terrible.

    I’d love to see an evolution to the hardware as well. Specially because I wouldn’t stick with the same phone for 5 years anyway.

    And just to wrap things up Angry Birds sucks big time. I don’t know what’s the deal with that being so successful.

  5. #5 by Darrin on April 7th, 2011 [ 17143 Points ]

    @Pedro, which is unrealistic: that real games are coming? Or external Android gaming controls?

    Real games are coming. Whenever there is consumer demand (and there is) the supply of content will follow. The technology stacks and development studios are actively adapting to smart phones and tablets. I expect there to be a growing flood of games on these devices over the next few years.

    External controls? Someone (hopefully sony) can make a bluetooth remote like the PS3 or just support the PS3 controller? I think this is a must. There are tons of game control screen skins for smart phones, the demand is obviously there.

  6. #6 by Pedro on April 7th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    @Darrin

    The demand is real, but I’m a bit skeptical about things like this. I mean, how big is the gaming industry for sub-handheld (it’ll be at the time of NGP either way, possible 3DS is also superior) quality games? I just don’t see many developers investing a lot of money into this thing, when some even turn NGP releases down.

    I also don’t really believe many people would be eager to buy a “console” just to see it replaced for a better one an year latter, worse, you’d have to get that newer model if you wanted to keep up with the new games.

    This is of course, merely my opinion on the subject and I’m no expert. As I said before I’d love if I were wrong. But in all reality, I just look at all the “greatest” IPad games and I find hard to believe such a world where all those things would come together beautifully as a side note on Sony’s Phone, I just don’t see that happening.

  7. #7 by Dynojunkee420 on April 7th, 2011 [ 860 Points ]

    Personally, I wouldn’t buy a work device to play games on. However, I would purchase a gaming device I could do work on. Ever played any games on a Blackberry?

    I’m a little offended by the “why, because you say so?” comment, because I was sharing my opinion, however you’re the one who wrote an article and spoke for the “people,” whoever that is. Nevertheless, nothing I say goes, it’s merely food for thought. Like I said, I’d never buy a work phone and expect to game on it.

    However, with Sony’s entry into the smartphone market, I will find an awesome gaming phone that is capable of getting work done. The handheld/smartphone gaming industry is just about to boom and you’re writing as if it’s been around for years and no progress has been made. You’re hoping for things that are probably already going to happen, because you’re too impatient to see what they’re actually bringing to the table. Sony is about to put the power of the PSP into the hands of competitors with PlayStation certified, therefor increasing the progress of the industry and allowing others to one up each other even sooner. You’re asking for cake before it’s even been delivered.

  8. #8 by Darrin on April 7th, 2011 [ 17143 Points ]

    I also don’t really believe many people would be eager to buy a “console” just to see it replaced for a better one an year latter, worse, you’d have to get that newer model if you wanted to keep up with the new games.

    This is exactly how the smartphone/tablet space works and there is tons of excitement there.

    Also, tons of games don’t really need bleeding edge CPU/GPU. I love dozens of 2D games that really don’t need NGP-level capabilities. I love the big budget 3D games too.

    Dynojunkee420
    I’m a little offended by the “why, because you say so?” comment, because I was sharing my opinion

    Wait, I completely respect (although disagree) with your preference. You phrased your earlier comment as a command.

    You wouldn’t buy a work device to play games on. Most people do exactly that. Personally, I love to sneak games while waiting in a line, at a hotel, on mass transit, etc. And I don’t always want to have a dedicated gaming device for those times. I already have to carry a phone everywhere I go.

  9. #9 by Darrin on April 7th, 2011 [ 17143 Points ]

    Dynojunkee420
    You’re hoping for things that are probably already going to happen, because you’re too impatient to see what they’re actually bringing to the table.

    Absolutely, I’d agree that I am asking for things that are probably already in development and already going to happen anyway.

    I don’t think I’m being impatient or ungrateful. That would imply that I think these developments are taking too long or the quality is too poor which is completely the opposite of how I feel: I’m shocked by the rapid pace and high quality of innovation in this field.

    My goal in writing this blog post is engage others like yourself in entertaining discussion about games and wishful thinking about future developments.


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