Since splitting from Eriksson, Sony’s mobile division has been fairing much better, releasing some very good contenders on to the market. Sony’s Xperia Z line in particular has improved in every iteration, proving to be affordable, yet featureful when compared to equivalent models from rivals. However, Sony has pushed it’s ‘One Sony’ message even further in the latest version of their flagship phone, announcing that the phone will get PS4 remote play functionality in November. Although this remote play is not as fully featured as the PlayStation Vita’s, it’s expected that most titles will work with the phone, and the ability to dock it to your controller means the controls will be 1-to-1 as opposed to the Vita, where the R2/L2 buttons are often substituted with awkward touch controls.
But why is it a killer app for the phones? The PS4 has already got a significant install base, and although this feature on it’s own is not a selling point, it can help tip the scales into Sony’s favour. I’ve just bought n Xperia Z3 Compact for this very reason. I was waiting patiently for the Nexus 6, or Nexus X, expecting that the phone would be roughly the same size as the current Nexus 5, but apparently that is not the case. I’m not a fan of huge phones, but I did want a larger screen than my current Motorola Razr i, and when I saw the rumoured design for the Nexus 6, I immediately started looking for alternatives.
The good thing about Google’s Nexus phones and tablets is that they have always been affordable, but relatively cutting edge, so I was looking for something similar. Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact satisfied these requirements for me, but what pushed me over the edge was the PS4 Remote Play functionality that I will probably only ever try once. I’ve got the phone now, and don’t regret the purchase at all. The quality of the phone is fantastic, it’s light, it has a large screen yet small form factor (4.6″), has a 20.7 megapixel camera, and it was decently priced (~£350) if you look carefully, I was already leaning towards a purchase, but the PS4 remote play pushed me over the edge.
Kaz Hirai’s ‘One Sony’ message appears to be being implemented well, and it looks like it might pay off, is this the killer app to save Sony’s Mobile division?