Japanese consumer electronics company spun off its PC division last year, creating a new company called VAIO which has launched some nice-looking machines which are only available in Japan. Sony also created a new subsidiary out of its TV division at the time.
Sony isn’t entirely giving up on audio and video products — the new company will be a wholly owned subsidiary, much like the company’s TV business is now. The idea is that this will let Sony focus on its remaining areas including game consoles, music, movie and image sensors (the company’s camera technology is used in smartphones made by other companies).
At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if the only things Sony makes in a few years are cameras and PlayStations.
While Sony continues to make other products such as smartphones and tablets, the company’s mobile division isn’t very successful these days (although during my trip to Hong Kong, I did see far more Sony handsets in the wild than I typically do while traveling in the US) and Sony officials say they would be focusing on more profitable categories including gaming and TV programming.
Eventually Sony could even spin off or sell its own smartphone division, although there are reportedly no solid plans to do that yet.
via The Verge