As you've probably noticed, Android is gaining momentum in the tablet wars. Sony mentioned the "Playstation Suite Certified" credentials for new mobile devices at the NGP event; now it seems that they may be tackling the trendy new hardware platform head-on by releasing their own tablet. Engadget also notes a quote uttered by Sony CEO Kaz Hirai in early January:
"Strategy encompasses driving the development of a variety of new strategic products and services including tablets currently in development as well as smartphones, all the while of course integrating the knowhow and the assets that we've accumulated from our PlayStation business."The allegedly-forthcoming machine, codenamed the S1, will be a 9.4 inch tablet running Android 3.0. More pertinent to us in the gaming community is that the device will be Playstation Suite Certified, allowing user to enjoy classic PS1 titles on the go.
I've warmed to the idea of tablets over the months -- my mobile demands are few, encompassing all of browsing the web, doing a bit of typing, and enjoying casual games. In fact I even considered the iPad as a replacement for my felled laptop -- a wondrous, expensive beast that suffered what could aptly be described as "death by cat." Unfortunately, as my bank account is riddled with red numbers and sad faces, I would only be able to afford a
mechanically-unsound pile of metal held together with scotch tape and hope value-priced alternative. While playing PS1 games on a tablet seems like quite the draw, I'm not terribly enthusiastic about the prospect. Virtual controls are still a problem for me; I've never taken to them, and I don't see the fundamental discomfort I have with non-button buttons going away, despite the much larger screen. However, if touch-screen games are your thing, I think it's a decent buy (albeit a mighty expensive one, with a report price of $599) if you're in the market for a portable device.
What do you think, readers? If you own a tablet, or perhaps are considering purchasing one, share your thoughts in the comments section!