CORP TALK: Nikkei Tech-On has a feature story on how Sony has plans to tap and grow on its gaming user base on the current PlayStation Network (PSN).
The idea is to help grow and integrate an online platform tentatively known as the Sony Online Service, which will then work with its various devices (TV, cameras, ebooks, mobile phones, etc.) for content distribution, generation, revenue and add-on services.
To date, the PlayStation Network (PSN) has 33 million member accounts. The idea is to allow users a singular user-ID which they can utilize to access ‘social elements’ from its devices, its networks and of course, the Sony PS3.
This is similar to how the company had once planned for the Memory Stick to be the integrating factor connecting all of its multimedia devices together. With this move, the factor has gone digital, and probably social.
Right now, the PlayStation Network 3.10 firmware update allows users to link their gaming activities with Facebook. Here’s a simple demo of how the Facebook social integration works with the PSN account.
HWM Indonesia: Another app store? With Sony’s pervasive consumer electronics reach, this could well be a household app store of the future.
Sony has to make sure that the platform is “open” enough for developers to provide content/ applications.
Other consumer electronics giants might follow suit to strengthen (maintain) their foothold within the Internet in near future.