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Report: Sony's Got a PlayStation Tab Called S1

By - Source: Engadget | B 29 comments

With all the new tablets being announced, it’s hard to find one that really stands out from the crowd. However, it seems Sony is getting ready to surprise us with the unveiling of an honest-to-goodness PlayStation-branded tablet. Seriously!

Engadget’s nabbed itself some exclusive intel: Confirmed by “two highly trusted, independent sources” comes word that Sony has got not one but two tablets in development. The first is a 9.4-inch Android device (Honeycomb, of course), which is apparently going to be PlayStation-branded.

Said to be 100 percent focused Qriocity, the music, games, ebooks, and videos on demand service that's live in Europe, the team behind the tablet incorporates top engineers from Sony's Reader, PlayStation, and Sony Ericsson departments, but is ultimately lead by the VAIO product team. Sony's working on some custom-built transitions and UI elements for Honeycomb and the result will apparently rival the user interface experience offered by the iPad.

What do you guys think: Is a gaming tablet a possibility or do you just have to have those hardware controls? Let us know!

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    chase_tm , February 17, 2011 4:24 AM
    Nice...
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    User69 , February 17, 2011 4:30 AM
    Hopefully it won't rival the iPads same old boring, uncreative, restricted UI. I mean really does everything have to rival the iPad? Hello! There are a million other tablets that blow the iPad out of the water in terms of hardware, performance, internet usage. Ipad 2? guess what...same boring UI since the first iphone. I feel like i'm taking crazy pills here!
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    Milleman , February 17, 2011 4:41 AM
    Wow!
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    Milleman , February 17, 2011 4:42 AM
    Hopefully this will open the door for some serious Linux gaming, since Android is based on this.
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    thorkle , February 17, 2011 5:03 AM
    Why not connect a controller through bluetooth? Just add a kick stand, and you have a sweet portable gaming system. I already do this with my android phone and a wireless classic Wii controller. Why not add full support for a Playstation 3 controller while they're at it?
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    BulkZerker , February 17, 2011 5:29 AM
    4 people above me forget that this is SONY we're talking about. They'll lock this thing down 10X tighter than the PS3 and put a half dozen anti-customrom thingies in it like they did the Droid X.

    This coming from a owner of a 80 Gig PSFat.
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    kronos_cornelius , February 17, 2011 5:32 AM
    I like how the media keeps touting Apple as if was on the vanguard in technology, when in fact it has being trailing Android for over a year. People don't seem to be able to react to how quickly this game has turned.
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    thorkle , February 17, 2011 5:37 AM
    BulkZerker4 people above me forget that this is SONY we're talking about. They'll lock this thing down 10X tighter than the PS3 and put a half dozen anti-customrom thingies in it like they did the Droid X.This coming from a owner of a 80 Gig PSFat.

    You think any of that will stop the community from getting what it wants? look at the PS3. The seemingly impenetrable console was even hacked, and is continuing to be hacked after each attempt that Sony tries to patch it over.
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    alidan , February 17, 2011 6:26 AM
    imagine this.

    a dual shock cut in 2, you hold it in the corners, and in the middle is a 10 inch screen. and that screen, plays psp/psp2 games, its also 720p, and has a minihdmi input, so you can connect ps3, or any other hdmi device into it.

    i would so pay for that. SO pay for that.
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    dthx , February 17, 2011 7:05 AM
    User69Hopefully it won't rival the iPads same old boring, uncreative, restricted UI. I mean really does everything have to rival the iPad?

    You are totally right. iOS looked fresh and nice in it's beginning, but as soon as you've started using Android, the iOS GUI is laughable after all: the weather icon that displays 73°F all year long is the best example I can think of... Widgets are the way to go and even the stock Android desktops had this right from the beginning.
    I hope that Sony will not try to reinvent the wheel with their customizations: the laggy mediascape they put on the Xperia x10 was the first thing to disable if you wanted a decently working handset...
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    nevertell , February 17, 2011 7:21 AM
    If it can be used with a DS3 controller, it will be awesome.
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    mman74 , February 17, 2011 7:24 AM
    nevertellIf it can be used with a DS3 controller, it will be awesome.


    A PS3 Controller would also be nice.
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    nevertell , February 17, 2011 8:07 AM
    You do understand that "DS3" is an abbreviation of Dualshock 3, the latest ps3's controller ?
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    jfby , February 17, 2011 11:39 AM
    With the PSP2 coming out relatively soon, Sony needs to ensure this won't eat its own future sales.
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    mdsiu , February 17, 2011 1:00 PM
    jfbyWith the PSP2 coming out relatively soon, Sony needs to ensure this won't eat its own future sales.


    1) Getting as much of the market share as possible is more important than worrying about "cannibalizing" one's own future sales. Just look at how well AMD/ATI did with the HD 5000 series graphics cards. Better to have one of your own products in the consumer's hands than your competitor's.

    2) These are different market/price segments.

    3) PSP2 will focus on its added portability and smaller form factor. You can't pocket a 9'-10" tablet.

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    jfby , February 17, 2011 1:06 PM
    mdsiu1) Getting as much of the market share as possible is more important than worrying about "cannibalizing" one's own future sales. Just look at how well AMD/ATI did with the HD 5000 series graphics cards. Better to have one of your own products in the consumer's hands than your competitor's.2) These are different market/price segments.3) PSP2 will focus on its added portability and smaller form factor. You can't pocket a 9'-10" tablet.


    All true, I'm not denying that at all, I was mainly saying that Sony needs to make sure the products are differentiated enough, that's all.
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    megamanx00 , February 17, 2011 2:31 PM
    Seems like a good idea. Sadly it has one tragic flaw.

    VAIO Team = FAIL

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    dark_lord69 , February 17, 2011 2:33 PM
    Posible? yea, with some real buttons and stuff. I don't think I'd waist my time/money on something if it isn't easy to control/use.
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    captaincharisma , February 17, 2011 3:10 PM
    MillemanHopefully this will open the door for some serious Linux gaming, since Android is based on this.


    Almost every OS that is not made by MS is based on Linux and that didn't change gaming for it so this will be no different
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    retrig , February 17, 2011 4:10 PM
    MillemanHopefully this will open the door for some serious Linux gaming, since Android is based on this.

    Linux is merely the kernal, and for the most part it's great. The problem with Linux is all the craptastic, fragmented, poorly UI'd crap that sits on top of it. Mainstream gaming on Linux (excuse me, GNU/Linux, for the zealots)? Not gonna happen.
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