Sony games going mobile

PS one is scaled-down version of first-generation PlayStation

TOKYO — Sony Corp. said Thursday that it will roll out a new mobile gaming unit that eventually will take over the spot in the marketplace held by its cash-cow PlayStation.

The new device designed for mobile and network play is called PS one, and it is a scaled-down version of the highly popular first-generation PlayStation. It will hit store shelves in Japan on July 7 and comes with a price tag of 15,000 yen ($140).

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The unit tips the scales at a little over a pound — about one-third the weight of PlayStation — and comes with a 32-bit central processing unit, said Sony’s gamemaking company, Sony Computer Entertainment.

The system will hit the market in the United States and Europe this fall and the mobile PS one will eventually replace the first-generation PlayStation, which has already racked up global sales of 73 million units.

Mobile monitor

Sony Computer is planning to release an LCD monitor for PS one next spring that will allow users to play the game anywhere they please — without having to hook it up to a TV.

Sony Computer put its second-generation console, the 128-bit PlayStation2, on the market in Japan in March and has racked up sales of over 2 million units.

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