Nintendo is always innovating on the hardware front. So much that the competition tends to copy them and flop. Anybody remember The Kinect and those PlayStation Move controllers? Nintendo’s latest outing the Switch may have inspired some competition, but not from Sony.
A company called Curve Labs was so inspired by the Switch that they choose to draw up some concept art for Sony. According to our plug, “the company chose to create a concept for PlayStation Switch because Sony has already done multiple portable consoles — the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita).”
The design they created would be similar to the Switch, but would offer three fields of use.
“The Playman won’t be used in just two modes – handheld or TV docking station – but offers three possible fields of use. The device can either be connected to the TV via HDMI, with attached controllers, be used as a handheld console. But furthermore a large, fully adjustable and above all robust joint allows for a comfortable solution to play while being out and about, without having to suffer from tired arms from holding up the weight of the whole handheld console.”
If you take a look at the video below you’ll see that the Sony Playman features a screen in the middle and two PlayStation esc controllers on the side. Curve Labs would want those controllers to be detachable so that they could be mounted to the rear of the device. They think people would love the option of that extra control scheme. They also claim to have a plan for a better battery
“Games would run through an internal battery and with a lower frame rate, when played on the road. USB ports on the back of the device cannot be used for the controllers to be recharged, but can also supply the gadget with the power of attached rechargeable battery packs.”
I just want to know why this company spent so much time creating something that will more than likely never happen? Also, will Sony even acknowledge this device? That’s the funny part to me. Was it worth it?