Sony Open to Playstation Games on Apple’s iOS Devices

Sony Open to Playstation Games on Apple’s iOS Devices (photo)

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In the dogs-and-cats-lying-down-together department, Sony exec Kaz Hirai recently made remarks that said that opened the door for games born in the Playstation family tree to eventually be playable on Apple’s iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

“We have a completely open stance with carriers and with hand set makers,” said Hirai. “There are a variety of OSes but we’re focusing first on Android. There’s also Windows, iOS and so forth, but we don’t have the resources to make it compatible with everything from the start.”

“We’re not ruling out PSS even on products like Sony Internet TV Powered by Google (Google TV) if adoption rate increases, or if it will help push adoption greatly,” he added.

Just last week, Sony unveiled new initiatives on the hardware and software front. Chris Plante’s already talked about the device codenamed NGP, the much-rumored follow-up to the PSP that finally made a public appearance in Japan. The other aspect of Sony’s portable plans discussed last Thursday involved a programming platform called Playstation Suite. It’s designed to enable the dissemination of official Playstation content on hardware other than that Sony already makes and they announced a future rollout on gadgets running Google’s Android operating system. Currently, it appears to be focused on select backcatalog content but the idea seems to be that a game could appear on Android the same time it does on the PSP or NGP or whatever. Seeing as how Sony’s also a company that makes mobile phones and at least those phones will likely be harboring Android, it makes sense to broaden the potential audience in this way.

However, the wrinkle with Apple’s an intriguing one. Longtime video game heavyweights like Nintendo and Sony–who make both console hardware and wholly owned game software and need the latter to make the former profitable–have zealously guarded their intellectual properties. And there’s been a triangular mini-rivalry as Apple’s slurped up gamers’ attention away from Sony and Nintendo, too, with Steve Jobs’s company crowing about the breadth of games content on the App Store and the huge reach that iDevices currently have. But, bottom line, Apple products could probably run Playstation Suite very well. Of course, Apple would have to be game, too, but the upside of great games content co-signed by an industry leader would surely be appealing.

It may not be all-out video game perestroika, but such thinking on Sony’s part evinces an openness and flexibility that often eludes large, often clumsy players. More and more, the path of games software and hardware appears like it’s going to be less about what devices specific games can live on, it’ll be about which ones they can’t. Woe betide those that fall into the latter category.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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