Sony has confirmed it’s at least theoretically possible that the PS Vita OS could come to smartphones and tablets. That note comes as the company admits it needs to establish the Vita as a long-lasting brand rather than a one-off gadget.
If the company does go ahead with the move, it could replace existing Android-based PlayStation certified mobile devices like the Xperia Play and Sony Tablets. As the console already includes a HTML5 web browser and various social networking apps, the software could well be enough to produce a smartphone or tablet aimed at gamers.
Speaking in preparation for the US launch of the portable console, Sony’s chief executive Kazuo Hirai told AV Watch that “We’ve made it in a way that’s expandable, so that it’s possible to apply to smartphones and tablets on top of achieving the high responsiveness we need for gaming devices–it is possible.”
Hirai did confirm that there are no current plans to release the OS onto other devices. The PS Vita has a much wider range of game prices, with physical releases (on a memory card) going from $30 to $50, and download-only titles dropping as low as $5.