The games industry is rapidly changing, Sony knows it must change with it or get left behind.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss, Jim Ryan says the age of closed platforms is coming to an end:
It’s definitely the case that the old model of these very siloed platforms is breaking down a bit. It is function of now having proper connected devices. PS2 was not a connected device. PSP was not really a proper connected device. PS3 is and PS Vita most definitely is. So we have the ability now to have devices talk to each other.
There are obviously lots of people, whether it is on a tablet or a smartphone, playing games. Sorts of people who a number of years ago were simply not doing that. We see it a real opportunity to take that constituency and offer them a PlayStation experience, whether that is with an emulated virtual dual shock, or whether it is the use of PSN functionality, which will come in the future.
Companion apps, web hubs, and free-to-play are all relatively new ideas for console makers. Ryan admits Sony need to change their approach for the first time since the PS1.
This is new ground for us. It didn’t seem it at the time but these walled gardens are actually nice, cosy places, and we are now going out into the big bad world where there are no rules. We are trying to set those rules.
We are having to reset a lot of our thinking. And I am enjoying that. But it is a challenge, because we’ve been pushing PS1, PS2 and PS3, basically the same way, and then all of a sudden we are like ‘You have to forget that and think differently’.
Do things like PlayStation Mobile and Transfarring appeal to you as a gamer? How far do you think the concept of connectivity will be taken in the next generation?