Ailing Sony pins its hopes on new PlayStation Vita
Sony releases a new portable gaming device today, as the company gambles that millions will continue playing video games on dedicated consoles rather than the pocket-sized gadget they already own.
The ailing technology giant believes that gamers will prefer its new handheld PlayStation Vita to playing cheap titles through their mobile phones.
Sony's previous gaming machines, such as the PlayStation 3 and PSP portable console, have been outsold by rivals from Nintendo and Microsoft in the past few years.
The company contends that Vita is a powerful new device, bringing a gaming experience and graphics quality as good as larger consoles such as the PlayStation or Microsoft's Xbox.
Reporter Niall O'Connor who reviewed it for the Herald this week was impressed with many of the features - but was not sure it was worth the €249.99 price tag. The Vita has front and back cameras, a touchscreen in front, a touch pad on the back and two joysticks. It will enable gamers to play against people using PlayStation 3 consoles over the internet.
Experts have been critical of Sony's policy of selling both its games and devices at high prices. The Vita has received strong reviews, but many suggested that people may not buy portable games machines when they already own powerful mobile phones.