Qriocity, The Name Of A New Sony Handheld Or Online Service?

By Spencer . December 20, 2009 . 3:13am

image Sony, not Sony Computer Entertainment mind you, filed a “curious” trademark in USA for something called Qriocity.


I’m not sure what this will be used for, but two things caught my attention. Qriocity is registered for use with “portable gaming machines” and “game services provided on-line from a computer network.” Wasn’t a survey just sent out about premium PlayStation Network services? Yeah, here it is.


New premium PlayStation Network name? Another PSP revision? An Sony powered online shopping mall? You decide, but since Qriocity (phonetically “curiosity”?) was trademarked for so many things it sounds more like a service or a online platform rather than a device.


After discovering the trademark, I did a little more digging. Sony also owns the domain qriocity.com and registered it somewhat recently. They just created the domain a few months before the filing the trademark papers.



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  • MickA07

    Sounds like some online portal hosted by their now defunct robot QRIO. I mean it’s most likely related to the dancing robots QRIO in some way more than anything since they still hold the trademark to that. Probably a new mascot based multi-product connectivity service?

  • gontrand

    Its may be the Home designed for the psp in test in Japan wich may be a premium service

    • zweii

      I recall that being called “Room” with infinity symbol for “oo”.

      My best guess is it is more literal like “Qriocity” = curious city – a wiki of sorts site for all sony related products.

  • Hmmm, makes me very curious.

  • maxchain

    Maybe it has something to do with cell phones? I’ve got nothin’.

  • Chow

    The name calls up a vague reference to Qore, though only in the occurance of a Q in a word not followed by a U, nor at the end of the word. I’m thinking this is probably the new subscription service they’ve been talking about.

    Also, stuff other people have mentioned.

  • JeremyR

    Maybe it’s the PSP’s game rental service? Which they apparently added to the firmware a few months ago. When you hit information, it has a start date and an expires date, as well as “Hours Left”, which certainly implies either some sort of rental thing or perhaps a demo time limit (like Big Fish Games has for their downloadable titles, you can play for an hour)

  • bugmeknot

    Maybe it’s a competing community driven “ingame help” system, quite a few mentions of such systems recently.

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