Feeds

Sony seeks PlayStation 2 licensees

States again its interest in Palm's business model

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Reducing security risks from open source software

Sony has again called for partners to help it leverage its PlayStation 2 games console as a gateway to the Internet for homes, capable of hooking up all your consumer electronics kit to the Net.

"We are seeking a way for PlayStation 2 to be used as the home gateway," Shinichi Okamoto, Sony Computer Entertainment's VP, said at the CEATEC electronics show in Tokyo. "We will work on commercialisation or will ask someone to work on commercialisation [of such kit]."

Earlier this year, Sony said it is interested in talking to companies who want to license the PlayStation 2's core technologies. "The PlayStation 2 should be opened to the outside world," Ken Kutaragi, head of Sony Computer Entertainment and widely regarded as the father of the PlayStation, told the Wall Street Journal last June. "We hope that all of our partners will start thinking about using our technology."

Okamoto's comments would appear to be a restatement of that policy.

Sony's licensing move is a canny one. For a start, it opens new revenue streams, both from technology licenses and from sales of the Emotion Engine processor that powers the PlayStation. Around the time of Kutaragi's comments to the WSJ, Sony said it was spending ¥125 billion ($1.1 billion) ramping up Emotion Engine production. That's primarily to ensure Sony has enough chips for its own machines, but it will clearly want to maintain peak production, and that means finding other buyers too.

Then there's the lesson of Palm. Sony's interest in the PDA maker goes beyond its PalmOS licence - it likes the way Palm has built up a market-dominating platform by widening the availability of its technology. Sony would like to do the same with the PlayStation 2, particularly now it's going to go head-to-head with Microsoft and X-box for the console market.

If Palm's strategy can beat Microsoft in the PDA world, it can work in the home digital entertainment arena - or so Sony clearly hopes.

Using the PlayStation 2 as a hub for Net-enabled home appliances has always been part of the gameplan, though of late it's been downplayed in favour of the console's gaming abilities. PlayStation 2 won't come into its own as a Net gateway until next year, when Sony hopes there will be sufficient broadband home Net connections out there to promote PlayStation as a complete digital entertainment - not only games but movies and music - delivery system. ®

Related Stories

Sony welcomes PlayStation 2 clones
Sony aims to quadruple PS2 output

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.