New Playstation goes network based

The design of ‘PS one’ is the result of size-reduction of the original PlayStation to position it for the ‘mobile network era’. While containing the same functions as the PlayStation game console, ‘PS one’ has been condensed to approximately 1/3rd its size.

A special adapter cable, available this winter, enables the entire PlayStation platform family (PlayStation, the new ‘PS one’ and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system) to be connected to mobile phones – creating a massive new audience for network digital services, offering new forms of entertainment beyond traditional packaged content.

With this mobile phone network connection, the user can download information, entertainment content and software programs in addition to exchanging data with other users, in a variety of ways.

SCEI plans to deploy servers to handle the large scale of this new network-based PlayStation audience (with over 17 million in Japan alone), as well as aggressively promoting the business opportunities and technology to 3rd Party software developers to create applications.