During CES 2020, Sony announced a new subdivision titled Sony Mobility Inc, the main focus of which was to be the production of electric vehicles. The Sony Vision-S prototype, a four-door sedan with a top speed of around 240 km/h, was initially shown. Details were scarce until earlier this year, when Sony revealed a second prototype: an SUV called Vision-S 02. Sony also renamed the first concept to Vision-S 01.
Recently, Sony and Honda revealed a partnership to produce electric vehicles, some of which may be autonomous, and launch them in 2026. The joint venture was named “Sony Honda Mobility”. It’s a win-win arrangement, as Honda is already well established in the automotive market and Sony knows a lot about entertainment.
In-vehicle entertainment is a bit of a new trend, especially with electric vehicles. Tesla has pushed the boundaries of spending time in the car. Tesla owners can play classic games, watch Netflix or Hulu, and even have a car-aoke session. So Sony and Honda will have to think big to compete with Tesla’s ever-increasing entertainment app features.
It’s hard to think of anything bolder than installing a PlayStation 5 in a mass-produced car. Playing AAA games like God of War Ragnarök or Horizon Forbidden West on a car dashboard is fantastic in theory. Of course, Sony and Honda don’t want you to play while driving, so expect this feature in fully autonomous vehicles. Which may take a while.
PS5 in cars is not the only plan both companies have when it comes to entertainment. In last in an interview with the Financial TimesSony Honda Mobility CEO Yasuhide Mizuno noted that the upcoming vehicles will “take care of the entertainment and connectivity we would like to offer.” Unfortunately, Mizuno leaves the information a bit vague, so it’s uncertain what the companies may be planning next to an integrated PS5.
Sony and Honda hope the changes will make buyers want to spend more time in their cars than they already do. Will the game console inside the vehicle have the intended effect? Sounds interesting at first glance, but how practical will it be?