QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The reason why Nokia has been built in Finland is simply because Finland was very far behind in terms of infrastructure, so it was relatively easy to implement new technology.” ~ Maurice Levy
SONY DOESN’T WISH TO COMPETE WITH SWITCH
President Andrew House of Sony Interactive says they aren’t interested in the ‘limited’ handheld market.
SO NO SUCCESSOR FOR PS VITA?
While handheld video games were in high demand a decade ago, their market has certainly be mauled by the emergence of Smartphones. Nevertheless, when last year Nintendo unveiled their new handheld Switch, fans knew this was going to be great. Sony too has enjoyed moderate success in the handheld market with PSP (Playstation Portable), but failed when it came to a follow up.
In the recent turn of events, Sony Interactive Chairman Mr. Andrew House when asked about a PS Vita successor said, “We have not seen [handheld gaming outside of Asia] as being a huge market opportunity. The Vita experience was that outside of Japan and Asia, there was not a huge demand.The lifestyle shift toward the dominance of smartphones as the single key device that is always with you, was the determining factor.”
BUT AREN’T HANDHELDS HOT AGAIN WITH NINTENDO SWITCH?
Andrew House also stated, “The Nintendo device is a hybrid device and that’s a different approach and strategy … The Folks at Nintendo have their strategy and that’s great.” While this statement is still open to debate, but Mr. House does have a point. Since Nintendo Switch isn’t a purely handheld gaming console, it also attracts attention from Home Console buyers due to it’s unique design.
However, that is surely not the case with other handheld consoles that have seen a sharp decline in sales. While Sony’s handheld decline can also be blamed on the poorly introduced PSP Go (basically a mini PSP) when fans were simply demanding for a successor. And by the time they released PS Vita, the demand had largely died out.
SHOULD WE EXPECT ANYTHING IN THE FUTURE?
Despite Mr. Andrew House’s statements regarding the various limitations of handheld consoles market, they still haven’t completely given up on these consoles. With the popularity of Switch there is still a chance for more powerful handheld consoles. But since Nintendo have already captured that niche, Sony still needs a highly innovative product to top the awesomeness of Switch. We can only hope for the best.
NOKIA 3310 3G VARIANT MAKES DEBUT DOWN UNDER
After lukewarm response for their 3310 re-boot, Nokia decides to reveal a 3G ready model that might turn the tides in their favor.
A NEW 3G SMARTPHONE BY NOKIA?
While users who didn’t get to see Nokia driving people crazy during the 90s might not be very excited about the launch of 3G phone, this one might actually make all the difference. When Nokia launched their iconic 3310 mobile phone in February, people were thrilled to see their favorite unbreakable phone make return. However, its limited features and lack of apps didn’t interest buyers who were used to feature-heavy smartphones.
Thankfully, Nokia has learnt their lessons in due time and have updated the 3310 model with 3G capabilities. So yes, it is not a new 3G smartphone from Nokia, but an older cellular phone which is now 3G data ready.
WOW WHEN CAN I BUY IT?
Currently Nokia have only introduced their updated 3310 phone in Australia where it is available for AUD 89.95. It will be available in stores by the 16th of October 2017. As for its global launch, we still have no confirmation from Nokia yet, but it is supposed to be priced at EUR 69 when launched in European region.
As far as specs are concerned they sound very basic, but still makes it an all-inclusive device with more than 24 days of battery, expandable storage upto 32GB and camera with flash etc. Will it see the same degree of its original’s success? We highly doubt so, but it still a great device for people who like things the old fashioned way.