Sony S Table - Plating Playstation games

sony logoFinally, I took the dive in to the works of Tablet computing with the Sony S Tablet. I was wanting something that I could use for testing websites on, as well as the multiple features available to android. I opted for the Sony S because of some of the Sony specific features (Playstation gaming, remote control). After testing most of the features, and downloading many apps, I decided to test Crash Bandicoot. Its the free playstation game you get on both the Sony S and the Sony P tablets.

I will not be going in to any details about the graphics, sound or gameplay. This detail has been covered many times before, and from what I can see, it works identical to the original. What I will be speaking about is, how this game controls on a touch screen tablet.

The first and main thing that is apparent when holding the tablet and trying to play is, you cannot rest your thumbs on the controls. This might not be a new this to people who has an iPad, iPhone or an Android phone, and have played games on the (at least platform or adventure style). It is people like my self that think, 'ah, I will buy the Sony because I would like the option of playing PS games'.

For a moment, I want you to think about playing a playstation game, either on a Playstation or a PSP. You are holding the controller, and you position your thumbs so that they rest on the + pad and action buttons (△◯ ⃤╳[action symbols]). When you want to control a particular element of the game, you press down on the button. All the while, you are still able to feel the buttons, you never look down at your hands because you know from the feel where to move your thumbs.

With the S Table, you cannot rest your thumbs on the controller. I guess this rule applies to all touch screen devices. So, because of this, there are 2 ways to control Crash Bandicoot (or any game):
  • guessing where the directions and buttons are.
  • quickly glancing down at you fingers from time to time.
However, you will have to hover your right thumb over the action buttons, and if your coordination is off, you will strike the wrong button or nothing at all. It is not an ideal playing environment, but is fine for 30min of recreational time.

Sony s 1The default set up for playing Playstation games is in wide mode, with the controls on the screen. I have seen a videos of people playing Playstation games in book mode, with the top half of the screen reserved for the visuals of gameplay and the bottom half for you controls. This for me would be the ideal way to play, but from the options it was not immediatey present how to alter this, so I thought I would just add this extra section for anyone not sure. Don't try turning the tablet just yet, it does not auto-rotate.
Sony s 2
Press the options button (it looks like six square boxes). Then choose Controller setting (yes, this is not under 'Screen mode'). In Controller settings choose 'On-Screen controller settings. It is here where you will the option for Landscape or Portrait. You can also position the controls on screen here and adjust the size.


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