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PSP to get BT VOIP and movie download service

May 24th, 2007 · No Comments

The battle between the and Nintendo isn’t over yet. In the UK, Sony has inked a deal with BT which will allow VOIP and video calls via the portable games unit. A PSP version of BT’s softphone application, which allow internet calls to landlines, mobiles and PCs, will be made available in the Autumn. According to Steve Andrews, BT chief of mobility and convergence, the PSP is “an excellent device for both gaming and communications, because of its high quality screen and audio capabilities.”
Across the pond, Sony is making another attempt to kick-start interest in non-game content for the system. According to Peter Dille, SVP of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment, a recent price cut has seen US PSP sales rise by 40 per cent.When pushed about the failure of the UMD movie format, Dille admits that Sony didn’t do a very good job at launch, saying that its big mistake was not specifying that it was going after an 18-34 year old male demographic.
Dille says that as a result material was released on UMD that “didn’t make sense.”
But now Sony is back with a clearer message, and it intends to make it a lot easier for studios to supply the PSP with non-game material, be it in physical UMD format or via a new download service to be announced in the Autumn.
Explains Dille: “We want the content out, and the Hollywood studios want to get the content out. So we’re telling them, ‘if you’re worried about managing the business yourself, let us handle it for you. We’ll manage it under the PlayStation umbrella.’ They’re excited about that, and we think that it’s a neat way to go as well.”

Tags: Home cinema · Internet and networking · Trade · Video games

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