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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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