Sony Announces New Smartphone That Features PS4 Remote Play
Sony unveiled a new smartphone today that supports remote play to the PlayStation 4, a feature currently only available on their handheld system the PlayStation Vita and the Z3 Compact.
Officially called the Xperia z3v — a Verizon exclusive – the device will allow gamers to stream, over Wi-Fi, PS4 titles on the 1080p 5.2″ display. The phone will connect to the console’s existing Dual Shock 4 controller. Sony also promises an attachment — at an extra cost — that will mount the phone on top of the controller.
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Last month, Sony announced that all the Android Z3 product line, which spans smartphones and tablets, will feature the remote play function. The feature can also act as a second screen to “”remotely watch the game play of your game friends, communicate with PSN friends, purchase PS4 games and download to PS4 or simply to control your PS4.”
While the feature is certainly cool, I hardly think it’s going to drive sales for the Xperia brand. Previews of the phone have been mostly positive today, but Sony needs to do more. The company is in the obscure part in the phone industry, where most people don’t even think they develop mobile phones. Their image has been stung by the success of Apple and Samsung, and to a lesser extent Microsoft. And the chances of a ‘big portion’ of the 10 million people who actually own a PS4, a small install base when you compare it to the smartphone market — will buy a Xperia product is, well, tiny.