Sony Launching 2 Gaming Tablets

Perhaps trying to take the focus off of the colossal disaster currently happening over on PSN, Sony today announced that a pair of tablets dedicated gaming are being added to the “PlayStation Certified” line-up of products. The “Sony Tablets” will join the Xperia Play telephone as part of this product line, which will primarily play ported PlayStation 1 games.

Running on Android 3.0, the two Sony Tablets are very different in design. Both come with built-in Wifi and 3G/4G compatibility, and both will run Sony-approved apps for web surfing, email, video, ebooks, and more via their touch-sensitive interfaces. Sony‘s press release on the tablets lists out these features, making the devices sound like iPad-killers. But the real focus for Sony is on downloadable games (a la the iTunes App Store), because that’s where they’ll make the bulk of their profits.

The first tablet sports a roomy 9.4 inch display (iPad’s is 9.7) and a slanted back which is supposed to make it easier to prop at an angle in front of you.

The second tablet has a pair of 5.5 inch displays (kind of like an extra-large Nintendo DS) which can be used as one giant screen or the bottom screen can be put to use as a virtual keyboard.

No word on pricing yet (expect dollar amounts competitive with Apple), but both devices will be available to consumers this Fall.

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