Emirates to get PSP powered replays
According to a story published by Reuters, spectators at the Emirates will, possibly within 18 months, be able to watch live streaming video of the game, data, statistics and “near-instant replays” on Sony PSP devices.
I happen to be two things.
1. An Arsenal fan (obviously)
2. A massive geek.
So when this story popped up in my inbox I immediately had the thought “This one is just too bizarre/perfect for me not to post about.”
The second thought, of course was a big, bold, WHY?
Football stadiums these days are already full of TV screens, if fans wanted to look at all that stuff, surely they would be at home watching the game on the TV/an illicit on-line stream?
Is this Arsenal’s idea of a way to improve atmosphere at games, by having 60,000 people hunched over their PSPs instead of, well, you know – watching the game?!
Eric Siereveld of Sony said:
“This device will brings an extra dimension to the game with information and statistics, But we think that the next generation of the software that runs it could actually link fans during the game with each other.”
What, like when they already shout and chant together?
And, erm… how will it add an extra dimension when you’re going from real-life 3D to a 2D screen?
The only possibly useful application I can think of this technology is if they give one to the referee so he can take another look at that last suspect offside, foul or on-pitch knife attack.
I dunno, it might be worth getting a PSP for if you were unlucky enough to get a season ticket seated behind a really, really tall person with a very large, square head or something.
What do you think? Would you watch the game on a 480px x 272px screen or would you rather just look in front of you?
Is this idea a bit like a chocolate teapot? Isn’t a DS more fun anyway?
Am I asking too many loaded questions?
You know what to do. Let it all out in the comments.