After nearly three decades of focusing on console gaming, both set-top box and handheld, Sony PlayStation is aiming for mobile phones.
This week, PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst announced in a post on the company’s official blog that he would be devoting some of his business efforts to PlayStation Studios’ new mobile division. Sony’s move also comes with the announcement of the purchase of mobile game developer Savage Game Studios.
Mobile gaming is a huge market. Spending on mobile games is expected to reach $136 billion this year, according to a report by market analyst firm IDC and data.ai. That’s more than half of the entire gaming market. Sony, long dependent on its PlayStation consoles, clearly wants to be part of that.
By developing a true mobile division, it looks like the company is finally making a legit push into the mobile market. (Although oddly Savage Game Studios hasn’t released any games yet, so we’ll see what they come up with.) The move comes at a time when PlayStation 5 consoles are still extremely hard to find and are getting even more expensive. Additionally, the company’s PS Plus subscription service is still catching up with Microsoft’s Game Pass. While PlayStation says it has no plans to put console gaming on the back burner, it clearly wants to look at where the money is. For the foreseeable future, it’s mobile.
Here’s some consumer tech news from the Gear desktop.
Philips has a brand new bulb
We love smart bulbs. They let you add a pop of color – from an endless palette – to your living space with a simple swipe in a companion app. (Or in my experience, I get frustrated swearing in the dark because an app is taking forever to connect to my Wi-Fi.) If you’re willing to drop a few hundred light bulbs, you’ve got plenty of new options.
Philips Hue, the reigning smart lighting world champion, is launching a new range of smart lights called Lightguide. Philips’ latest offerings come in three chonky Edison-esque shapes, and they’re intended for use in ceiling pendants or ornamental setups. There is a rounded globe, a more triangular bulge, and an oval shape. They cost between $75 and $85 a pop. (If you want to hang them with Philips-branded cords, those cost an extra $50.)
The Verge has also detailed a new Philips Hue Play light strip, aimed at PC gamers. Place the strips behind a computer screen and set them to sync with all the pretty colors on your screen. PC Play light strips start at $169.
All of these offerings can be controlled via the Hue app to change colors or sync with each other throughout the home. There are also a few updates coming to the Philips Hue app, too, such as a feature called Mimic Presence which will automatically turn your lights on if you’re away to trick people into thinking you’re home.
If you’re feeling curious about light bulbs, check out WIRED’s guide to smart lights.
Introducing Samsung’s new Big Honkin curved gaming monitor
This week, Samsung unveiled a doozy of a monitor at the IFA technology conference in Berlin, Germany. The Odyssey OLED G8 is Samsung’s first OLED display, and it’s an ultra-wide curved beast.