Nintendo Switch might be facing its first and biggest rival – the Sony “Playman,” Curved/labs speculated. The company, who is famous for its detailed concept designs, recently teased what a PlayStation “Switch” could look like.
The Nintendo Switch has been a massive success since its launch on March, continuously gaining fans and positive feedbacks. The newest console of the Japan-based game company is also getting an increasing number of high-end games.
However, Curved/labs revealed recently that Nintendo Switch’s dominance in the gaming industry might be challenged soon. The company released a concept design of what a PlayStation Switch would like.
Dubbed as the Sony Playman, Curved.de teased fans with an impressive and quite convincing concept art and video showcasing the possible features of the rumored console.
Apparently, the company chose to create a concept for PlayStation Switch because Sony has already done multiple portable consoles — the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita).
In addition, it may also be difficult for Microsoft to create a counter console for the Nintendo Switch, as they are currently focused on the Xbox Scorpio.
Curved/labs obviously did an impressive job in visualizing what Sony Playman would like. In fact, the short video was so convincing that one might think the proposed console already exists.
In the proposed design, the PlayStation Switch had a closely similar design and function with the Nintendo Switch. According to reports, Sony’s supposed handheld-console hybrid took many notes from Nintendo’s latest console, making a few adjustments that could give the new device an edge.
It has been alleged that Sony Playman would give players multiple options for game modes just like the Nintendo Switch.
However, the PlayStation Switch will have an advantage as it will allegedly feature three possible fields of use.
“The Playman won’t be used in just two modes – handheld or TV docking station – but offers three possible fields of use. The device can either be connected to the TV via HDMI, with attached controllers, be used as a handheld console. But furthermore a large, fully adjustable and above all robust joint allows for a comfortable solution to play while being out and about, without having to suffer from tired arms from holding up the weight of the whole handheld console.”
The concept design also highlighted Sony Playman’s controllers, which can be mounted or removed from the touchpad similar with Nintendo Switch. Many noted that the bigger controllers look like that of PlayStation VR.
The video concept of PlayStation Switch also teased a bigger screen than its competitor. Overall, the design looks quite futuristic and durable.
“The Sony Dualshock controllers can be mounted on the side of the chassis, but can be attached to the rear of the unit. In order to work, the center would have to be removed from the touchpad. The controllers’ functions resemble those of Sony’s regular dualshock controllers.”
The PlayStation Switch also boasts a powerful battery that would run games efficiently. According to Curved/labs, the device will be the perfect on-the-go console that could provide an impressive gaming experience with its internal battery.
“Games would run through an internal battery and with a lower frame rate, when played on the road. USB ports on the back of the device cannot be used for the controllers to be recharged, but can also supply the gadget with the power of attached rechargeable battery packs.”
Additionally, Curved/labs also visualized a super slimmed down version of the PS4 Slim that could be attached to the Sony Playman. This will allow gamers to run and play high-end PlayStation games on the go.
Sony ‘Playman’ a.k.a. PlayStation ‘Switch’ Could Be The End Of Nintendo’s Console, Concept Design Teased
Sony Playman Concept
Curved/labs released a concept design of Sony Playman a.k.a. PlayStation Switch. [Image by Curved/labs]
Sony Playman Docked Mode
Sony Playman can be played in docked mode. [Image by Curved/labs]
Sony Playman Handheld Mode
PlayStation Switch can be played in handheld mode. [Image by Curved/labs]
Sony Playman Screen
Sony Playman has a bigger screen than its competitor, Nintendo Switch. [Image by Curved/labs]
Sony Playman Stand
Similar to Nintendo Switch, Sony Playman also features a stand. [Image by Curved/labs]
Sony Playman Attached Controllers
Sony Playman boasts a bigger dualshock controllers. [Image by Curved/labs]
Sony Playman Detachable Controllers
Playstation Switch features detachable controllers. [Image by Curved/labs]
Sony Playman Dualshock Controllers
Sony Playman recreates bigger dualshock controllers. [Image by Curved/labs]
With Sony’s reputation of bringing high-end games to their consoles, the PlayStation Switch is expected to handle the pressure well. If Sony Playman does come to fruition, it will be the first handheld device to run today’s biggest and hit titles without compromising quality.
So far, Sony hasn’t confirmed the PlayStation Switch. The game giant also hasn’t revealed any plans to create a device that will counter Nintendo Switch. However, it is worth noting that Sony reportedly applied to patent a device that looks closely similar to Nintendo Switch. Who knows, maybe Curved/labs’ concept of Sony Playman might become a reality soon.
[Featured Image by CURVED/ labs]