Submitted by TheCookieMonster 797d ago | opinion piece

Sony PlayStation 4 Could Run Android?

Playstation should run Android, just like the next xbox will run windows. Having an ecosystem to fall back on, would be a wise step for Sony. (Next-Gen, PS4, Sony)

jujubee88  +   797d ago
Gamespot, aye?

Beetey  +   797d ago
I was about to report but he changed the link to an actual article... I'm slightly confused...
TheCookieMonster  +   797d ago
Sorry, I fixed it.
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TheCookieMonster  +   797d ago
Imagine having an app store where we don't have to wait for Sony to add simple features. Imagine using your android phone as a Wii U style tablet. This is the future.
cl1983  +   797d ago
From article
"Microsoft is already offering built-in Windows Phone OS with Xbox console and the company offers an Xbox SmartGlass companion app for Android devices"

So you just want to copy?
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nukeitall  +   797d ago
Android isn't capable as a console OS that needs high performance. Heck the OS itself isn't high performance.

I don't think any console manufacturer would be dumb enough to use Android. It's just plain and simple, not fit to the job.
hellvaguy  +   797d ago
"So you just want to copy?"

Just incorporating another technology like all consoles have done already dozens of times over. Heck if you really wanna go down the line of thinking of every detail being original, Sony didn't invent the controller. Or what about the vga, s-video, hdmi connections to the tv. USB and wifi technologies also. More copying if you wanna go down that line.
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SkullBlade169  +   797d ago
If I wanted a glorified tablet, I'd buy an Ouya, not a PS4.
rainslacker  +   796d ago
All that could be offered through PS Mobile. It is capable of apps as well. On the plus side for Sony they can take their cut on sales, instead of letting Google do it.
The_Infected  +   797d ago
I'm sorry but no PS4 and all major consoles IMO should run highly custom UI solely focused and made specifically for game consoles. Leave android as a phone/tablet OS, let MS do whatever with Windows 8 it sucks anyways, and let Sony make its own UI. You want the OS built around the hardware, games, and gaming community. The way they're doing it now is great. Leave the crappy apps where they belong don't feed a already built console ecosystem with phone/tablet Apps.

It's really better just to leave phones and tablets to theirselves entirely and just use the controller for consoles. Adding support for them just because people have them doesn't mean it works better because it don't and never will.
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RevXM  +   797d ago
Android is functional and all but custom os is better for consoles.
Performance wise and security wise.
DeadlyFire  +   797d ago
Custom Linux is perfect.

Android could work with a console. I have had theory that MS could use ARM cores to push Windows RT(ARM) version of Windows onto next Xbox. Its the most lightweight version of the OS.

If Sony goes the Android route with ARM CPU cores then it will likely build its own custom ARM OS instead of Android. ARM cores are likely to be in both new consoles with AMDs new fabric plans for their CPUs/APUs, and so on. It will be possible, but doubtful that either side would sign on with Andriod, iOS, or any other ARM OS when they could specialize their own version regardless of if it becomes ARM or x86 version that they already have in the oven.
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BitbyDeath  +   797d ago
If it ran a real android that'd be pretty awesome.
My robot vac consuela needs a friend.
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LOL_WUT  +   797d ago
I hope not ;)
Rainstorm81  +   797d ago
That's what Ouya is for
The_Infected  +   797d ago
Android isnt good for a next gen console. You have to realize stuff like this is very important. Far more than throwing Android on a next gen console. This is what you will get with Sony's PS4 OS.


"If PS4 has a real-time OS, with a libGCM style low level access to the GPU, then the PS4 1st party games will be years ahead of the PC simply because it opens up what is possible on the GPU. Note this won't happen right away on launch, but once developers tool up for the platform, this will be the case."
"I could continue here, but I'm not, by now you get the picture, launch titles will likely be DX11 ports, so perhaps not much better than what could be done on PC. However if Sony provides the real-time OS with libGCM v2 for GCN, one or two years out, 1st party devs and Sony's internal teams like the ICE team, will have had long enough to build up tech to really leverage the platform."
eldeladi  +   797d ago
PS4 can easily be a Steambox certified device with its x86 architecture.
Think about it. the PS4 could be a PC at the same Time.
eldeladi  +   797d ago
BTW, I emailed gaben about this idea. sadly he hasn't got back to me. It's a win-win for both Valve and Sony.
Conzul  +   797d ago
Mind = blown
GribbleGrunger  +   797d ago
let's face it, if the PS4 can run PS3/PS2/PS1/PSmobile games, there are still going to be articles saying that it has no games.
Erudito87  +   797d ago
it has to stream PS3/PS2/PS1/PSmobile games meaning you may have to purchase those games again through sony or pay monthly for the gaikai service
GribbleGrunger  +   797d ago
And that would in some way collate to having no games? How?
miyamoto  +   797d ago
One Touch NFC Function on all Sony Devices is the Answer
Android is not out of the question for PS4
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evilhasitsway  +   797d ago
that i see hapening i aslo hope thats how you charge your controller too. instead of using cords.
MultiConsoleGamer  +   797d ago
In theory, being able to run android is a good idea.
Erudito87  +   797d ago
could but sony wont allow other os anymore
SlyFamous02  +   797d ago
All these apps and OS' and what ever else you can add to the systems are all good and well, I just hope they keep their eye on the prize, and that is gaming.
Thirty3Three  +   797d ago
LOL. Woah.

That would be awful.

I LOVED the OS on my droid, but this is a NEXT-GENERATION "HOME CONSOLE" we're talking about.

Are you just saying words, or do you have any form of proof to coincide with this information, sir?
feels  +   797d ago
it wont run android because then it would be easy to jailbreak and download free gaems
cee773  +   797d ago
Vita doesn't have that piracy problem and its running on android os, its reskinned but its android non the less.
feels  +   797d ago
theres nothing to pirate on the vita :(
rainslacker  +   796d ago
It's unknown what it runs, but the general consensus is that it is a heavily modified version of android, not just re-skinned. All of it is speculation, and it could have it's basis in Linux or FreeBSD. It makes sense since android is pretty easily jail broken on most devices, so it has a lot more security built in.

Interestingly, Sony may be replacing their smartphones OS line with the Vita OS, which does lend some credence to being android, since they will likely want to keep that functionality, unless they decide to offer their own app market similar to Apple or Google.
Evil_Ryu  +   797d ago
Linux would make more sense
Qrphe  +   797d ago
That's what the Vita was supposed to do as well so I doubt they'd do this for the PS4.
Dlacy13g  +   797d ago
the notion the PS4 should run Android is laughable. NO, keep the system a closed ecosystem with avenues to allow devs to drop patches & content faster. Android store is 90% sh*t, you don't want that on your PS4.
Mister_G  +   797d ago
Nah, use Linux :)
evilhasitsway  +   797d ago
sony using andriod is about as stupid of ms using windows
evilhasitsway  +   797d ago
i mean think about it if they wouldnt waste time with stuff like that it would mean more money into hardware to make it even more powerful cause im a real gamer and its about the games to me not aps and mulitimedia. hell the only thing i watch on tv is spartcus and the walking dead thats it. i listen to music alot but who doesnt thats why they make mp3 and shit like that hell if your got your gaming station setup like mine my computer is right next to me when im playing my system. i wish they would go back to how it used to be on ps2 when it was all about the games and not aps. look at netflex a waste of time cause 98% of stuff on there youve seen 3-4 times so why keep watching the same crap.
NateCole  +   797d ago
Yes. Bring android to PS4 Sony. Android is great.
jmac53  +   796d ago
Android is an awesome OS. If this was the case I would immediately buy the PS4 over the next Xbox. Sony would have their own smartglass competitor. I could imagine controlling the PS4 with my Nexus 7.

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