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Is Sony Working On A PlayStation Phone?

Leaked pictures supposedly show Sony's answer to iPhone gaming.

Recently, tech site Engadget posted photographs of what they believed to a be a genuine prototype “PlayStation Phone”, a custom-produced handset that would sport both the next-generation Android 3.0 OS as well as a custom Sony Marketplace from which users could purchase proper games. With a design that emulate the sliding-out screen design of the PSPgo, this potential PlayStation would boast 1 GHz processor, 512MB of Ram, and 1 GB of Rom, shaming the current PSP’s 333MHz processor and 32MB of RAM.  

The introduction of the PlayStation brand onto cell phones could represent a big step for a division that has been notorious for not applying the PlayStation name to any old product. The Phone looks like it’s taking direct aim at the iPhone and the app store, and that battle will be fought by providing a handheld experience that’s actually ideal for portable gaming because not only does the PlayStation Phone feature a traditional D-pad and actual, physical buttons you can press, but that center rectangle between the pad and buttons is, apparently, a multi-touch input pad that could be used to replicate analog stick movement and control.  
 
 

Engadget swears this pic islegit.  
 
You could argue that using a touch pad as a fake analog stick hasn’t been an ideal control mechanism in the past (remember in Super Mario 64 DS where Nintendo recommended that you use the rubber nub on the DS strap and place that on the touch screen, and that was supposed to be adequate analog control?), but, if nothing else, some button-ass buttons could definitely help to put more traditional games on a phone platform.  

Of course, technically this PlayStation Phone is all just a rumor. Engadget swears that the pictures and the leaked specification are the real deal, and that Sony plans to release the phone sooner rather than later. But, as we should all be accustomed to, it isn’t that hard to make a convincing-ish mock-up of a tech device.  
 
In fact, as the story of the PlayStation Phone came out, it seemed that the allegation of the pictures as fake mock-ups had taken hold, boosted particularly when website NowGamer contacted a Sony Europe representative for comment, only to hear back that the shots were “definitely fake.” That’s a pretty firm denial from a company that’s normal reply to these sort of stories Is the standard “No comment on rumors or speculation” reply. 

... except that, several hours later, Sony Europe--as well as Sony’s Ericsson division (the group that makes the phones) actually changed their earlier denial of the shots’ voracity to “No comment on rumors or speculation.” Whether or not the phone is actually real, Sony’s change in response has seemed to confirm the PlayStation Phone’s existence all on its own. 

Rumor or not (and, as of right now, Engadget is still saying not rumor), I put the question behind this PlayStation Phone to you folks; let’s say that Sony is releasing a handset with an emphasis on playing both casual games as well as more traditional titles. The phone is (ideally) backed by Sony’s suite of first party developers as well as third parties who would could build their titles around a D-pad, real buttons, and (potentially) dual analog stick control. You’ve got a PlayStation application store that has both “real” PlayStation Phone titles as well as the smaller “PlayStation Minis” section where you could buy cheaper, smaller games. It's a phone that is, as good for playing handheld games as a traditional handheld. Is this a phone you would be interested in owning?
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Posted by MattBodega

Recently, tech site Engadget posted photographs of what they believed to a be a genuine prototype “PlayStation Phone”, a custom-produced handset that would sport both the next-generation Android 3.0 OS as well as a custom Sony Marketplace from which users could purchase proper games. With a design that emulate the sliding-out screen design of the PSPgo, this potential PlayStation would boast 1 GHz processor, 512MB of Ram, and 1 GB of Rom, shaming the current PSP’s 333MHz processor and 32MB of RAM.  

The introduction of the PlayStation brand onto cell phones could represent a big step for a division that has been notorious for not applying the PlayStation name to any old product. The Phone looks like it’s taking direct aim at the iPhone and the app store, and that battle will be fought by providing a handheld experience that’s actually ideal for portable gaming because not only does the PlayStation Phone feature a traditional D-pad and actual, physical buttons you can press, but that center rectangle between the pad and buttons is, apparently, a multi-touch input pad that could be used to replicate analog stick movement and control.  
 
 

Engadget swears this pic islegit.  
 
You could argue that using a touch pad as a fake analog stick hasn’t been an ideal control mechanism in the past (remember in Super Mario 64 DS where Nintendo recommended that you use the rubber nub on the DS strap and place that on the touch screen, and that was supposed to be adequate analog control?), but, if nothing else, some button-ass buttons could definitely help to put more traditional games on a phone platform.  

Of course, technically this PlayStation Phone is all just a rumor. Engadget swears that the pictures and the leaked specification are the real deal, and that Sony plans to release the phone sooner rather than later. But, as we should all be accustomed to, it isn’t that hard to make a convincing-ish mock-up of a tech device.  
 
In fact, as the story of the PlayStation Phone came out, it seemed that the allegation of the pictures as fake mock-ups had taken hold, boosted particularly when website NowGamer contacted a Sony Europe representative for comment, only to hear back that the shots were “definitely fake.” That’s a pretty firm denial from a company that’s normal reply to these sort of stories Is the standard “No comment on rumors or speculation” reply. 

... except that, several hours later, Sony Europe--as well as Sony’s Ericsson division (the group that makes the phones) actually changed their earlier denial of the shots’ voracity to “No comment on rumors or speculation.” Whether or not the phone is actually real, Sony’s change in response has seemed to confirm the PlayStation Phone’s existence all on its own. 

Rumor or not (and, as of right now, Engadget is still saying not rumor), I put the question behind this PlayStation Phone to you folks; let’s say that Sony is releasing a handset with an emphasis on playing both casual games as well as more traditional titles. The phone is (ideally) backed by Sony’s suite of first party developers as well as third parties who would could build their titles around a D-pad, real buttons, and (potentially) dual analog stick control. You’ve got a PlayStation application store that has both “real” PlayStation Phone titles as well as the smaller “PlayStation Minis” section where you could buy cheaper, smaller games. It's a phone that is, as good for playing handheld games as a traditional handheld. Is this a phone you would be interested in owning?
Posted by Duffyside

This has to be the PSP2 right? Two analog sticks?

Posted by fRAWRst

playstation

Edited by Chirag4

Hasn't this already been disproven?

Posted by Underachiever007
@Duffyside: Probably yeah.
Posted by OllyOxenFree

"PlayStation", Kessler!

Posted by nan0fear

ah herow 

Posted by phantomzxro

@Duffyside said:

"This has to be the PSP2 right? Two analog sticks? "


 

Nope from what i hear this is not the psp2 which should be bigger and have a similer touch pad on the back of it.  It still has two analog sticks in the front, normal ones.
Posted by MrHammeh

I think battery life would be the most important factor on this to me. 

Posted by Mesoian

Sony phone = Not CDMA = I don't care. 
 
@Chirag4:  Engaget insists that, though sony put out that debunk, this phone still lives. Apparently the picture being used everywhere is an old mock up and THAT'S fake, but the PSPhone still lives. 
 
Piracy isn't going to get any better if rumors of it running on android are true.

Posted by Lavos

Gaming? With buttons and a Dpad? What the hell?!

Posted by DarkTravesty

i hope not that thing is ugly as hell

Posted by umdesch4

@Matt Kessler: " Is this a phone you would be interested in owning? "
 
Nope.

Posted by Soulblitz

I'm not bothered about the supposed PSP Phone. There's too many rumours going around about the PSP2 having an inch bigger screen and a touch panel on the back for this to be the PSP2.

Posted by yates

Gonna get my hair looking real nice and pretty with the new PlatStation Phone.

Posted by MattBodega
@umdesch4: Good to know! That is a valid response to the question.
Posted by TheWiFiJedi

I hope not

Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@Gap said:
" Late to the party as always Sony. "
Its fake. Was disprove all ready.  
 
@MattBodega said:
" @umdesch4: Good to know! That is a valid response to the question. "
Its fake dude. Look at the  grim around the edges. And another photo of it shows a " Press A " button and "Press B" button. 
Posted by SuperSambo

I only want my mobile games to be addictive and simple.
 
Why would I want games that I could play at home on a big tv, that look worse and play worse? Sure its on the go, but that doesn't make it fun.

Posted by umdesch4
@The_Laughing_Man:  I took the question to mean "If this were actually real, would you be interested in owning it", and I answered truthfully. I can't even imagine carrying this around and it wouldn't replace any handheld gaming or phone devices I already own. I suspect that it's one of those ideas that sound good in theory, but people wouldn't buy in sufficient quantities to actually make any money for Sony.
Posted by Oginam

@Matt Kessler
 
Yo dawg, I heard you like it direct. So I put direct in your aim so you can take direct aim while you take direct aim directly. Word.
 
<3 Good article

Edited by CookieMonster

but aren't  Apple going to be buying Sony anyway? har har.  And I don't remember Super Mario 64 DS having really bad controls. If they were really shit I wouldn't have been able to complete it. 


Posted by Mrskidders

Not only is this old news but it has indeed been disproved.

Edited by Ne0teric
@Mrskidders said:

" Not only is this old news but it has indeed been disproved. "


 
kay, but if it has already been disproved, why did it get posted in the first place?
(no sarcasm, I just want to know).
Posted by CurtisManCannon

The tricky thing with phones isn't so much "what" you want to have, it's your ability to purchase it.  I'm in a contract right now until 2012, and on top of that who'll be carrying this phone?  Do they have a good signal where I live? So while the phone looks promising and purchase worthy, other factors would prevent me from jumping onboard as an early adopter. 

Posted by SlightConfuse

Its most likely a prototype design but it measn sony it cconsidering doing the psp phone which i think is a bad idea

Posted by Anund

It's almost certainly not fake, so my advice would be to not make a fool of yourself by playing the internet skeptic role, cool though it may be at the time. If it looks exactly this when it's released though, that remains to be seen. 
 
Sony releasing a PSP phone is almost certain at this point.

Posted by FLStyle
  1. Old News.
  2. Already been disproven.
  3. Disappointing to see that this article has already got onto the 2nd page of comments while this superior article on Tested hasn't.
  4. Was the main GB crew asked about this before doing this article? If I was Jeff/Ryan I would've put my foot down.
  5. I'll give you credit for the Playstation Minis mention, I initially thought that they'd be a good fit on a PS Phone also.
  6. Spell Check before publishing.
Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@Ne0teric said:
" @Mrskidders said:

" Not only is this old news but it has indeed been disproved. "

 kay, but if it has already been disproved, why did it get posted in the first place? (no sarcasm, I just want to know). "
Cause not enough research was done? Or maybe it was posted earlier then approved. Who knows
Posted by mnzy

Why did I have to think about this when I read this news?

Posted by Nekroskop

Steve is gonna get pissed

Posted by Metal_Mills
@FLStyle said:
"
  1. Old News.
  2. Already been disproven.
  3. Disappointing to see that this article has already got onto the 2nd page of comments while this superior article on Tested hasn't.
  4. Was the main GB crew asked about this before doing this article? If I was Jeff/Ryan I would've put my foot down.
  5. I'll give you credit for the Playstation Minis mention, I initially thought that they'd be a good fit on a PS Phone also.
  6. Spell Check before publishing.
"

Old post. Information on it being old news and disproven has been said multiple times. Did you read the comments before posting? If I was watching you post I would've put my foot down.
Posted by FLStyle
@Metal_Mills said:
" @FLStyle said:
"
  1. Old News.
  2. Already been disproven.
  3. Disappointing to see that this article has already got onto the 2nd page of comments while this superior article on Tested hasn't.
  4. Was the main GB crew asked about this before doing this article? If I was Jeff/Ryan I would've put my foot down.
  5. I'll give you credit for the Playstation Minis mention, I initially thought that they'd be a good fit on a PS Phone also.
  6. Spell Check before publishing.
"
Old post. Information on it being old news and disproven has been said multiple times. Did you read the comments before posting? If I was watching you post I would've put my foot down. "
Unlike Giant Bomb editorial articles, posting opinions has no limits. Apparently the same goes for unfunny attempts at witty sarcasm.
Posted by Anund

How was it disproven? By the statement from Sony? Please...

Posted by MisterMouse

it will be interesting to see the price on this phone... expensive

Edited by VetleNM
@The_Laughing_Man said:

" @Gap said:

" Late to the party as always Sony. "
Its fake. Was disprove all ready.  
 

@MattBodega

said:
" @umdesch4: Good to know! That is a valid response to the question. "
Its fake dude. Look at the  grim around the edges. And another photo of it shows a " Press A " button and "Press B" button.  "

Engadget keep insisting that their sources are trustworthy, and Engadget is pretty credible when it comes to stuff like this. If they say it's real, I'm willing to believe it until proven otherwise. The A and B button on the software don't really mean anything, they could just be placeholders. The grime around the screen could mean that they were hand assembled in an unclean environment (you know, for testing purposes only; if this is the prototype, it was certainly not intended to reach the public's eye). I wouldn't call this one disproved yet.

And besides, like Kessler said, the fact that Sony went from "those images are fake!" to "we do not comment on rumors and speculation" is rather telling, even if it's definitely not any definitive proof.

But personally, I really don't see the appeal here. I guess I'll wait and see if it turns out to be a real product. If it is, then it all comes down to the games. And the price.

Posted by lordofultima

Uuh, this actually sounds pretty good. Imagine a phone with the capabilities of an android, and it had a slide-out d-pad and buttons. Awesome for playing emulated games and whatever other games they actually release for the device.

Posted by Thoseposers

"button-ass buttons" yep, that's definitely a kessler written piece >_<
 
but yeah, something about this whole thing seems really fishy for some reason and i hope it's not real, the psp brand needs to just completely die away

Posted by cikame

I'd love to own a phone with a 2 - 3 day battery life.

Posted by WeldArc

Sounds like something that will just crash and burn

Posted by I_smell

The people playing Angry Birds on iPhone don't give a shit about God of War or Metal Gear.

Posted by Jayross

Doesn't look terrible...

Posted by nukesniper

If I can put Snesoid and other android emulators on it, and also buy some lumines or loco roco, maybr metal gear acid 2, then I would seriously consider getting that. Android is pretty damn awesome.

It HAS to have Lumines though.

Posted by TwoOneFive

that thing looks like a piece of shit and does not look anywhere near as high tech as sony's latest gaming device would expectedly look like. 

Posted by bitcloud
@Duffyside: It's Ericsson branded so no.
Posted by Creigz

Aaaannndd it's Android, I'm pleased.

Posted by l3illyl3ob

It's worth mentioning that some Sony guy was interviewed by CNN today and started talking about how current phones weren't doing enough to satisfy hardcore gamers and the ideal content delivery system for the PSP would be via a cellular network.  But, of course, regarding to the playstation phone, he wont comment on rumors!  
 
 http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/gaming.gadgets/10/27/sony.playstation.phone/
 
Interesting things for a Sony exec to say if they don't have plans for a PSP/Phone combination.

Posted by andycapps

I'd definitely be interested in owning this. But I'm on Sprint and I don't see Sony Ericsson doing a CDMA phone.

Posted by RsistncE

Ew.

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