PlayStation Phone inches closer to reality

by , Smartphones 27/10/2010

Fresh pictures and details have been released of Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation Phone, offering the best confirmation yet that the much-rumoured device is real.

The images show a Sony Ericsson-branded handset with a screen that slides back to reveal a PSP Go-style gamepad.

The gamepad features a D-Pad and the famous PlayStation circle, square, triangle and cross buttons. There’s also an odd-looking touchpad, which looks like its meant to mimic analogue stick control, as well as left and right shoulder buttons.

The screen size is estimated to be 3.7 to 4.1 inches, there’s 512MB of RAM, 1GHz processor and mircoSD support.

The Playstation PhoneBut as we all know, content is king and the PSP Phone isn’t going to be much use if it doesn’t have any decent games. Now here’s where the details get more interesting.

The phone is rumoured to run Google’s Android 3.0 operating system (code named Gingerbread) and Sony Ericsson will apparently create a dedicated store on the Android Market that features Playstation games. If this is true, it marks quite a sly move into the videogame market by Google.

There are a few questions we have over the images of the device – the biggest one being that there’s no PlayStation logo anywhere on the handset.

Most of these details, including the images, come from tech blog Engadget, which hasn’t said where it’s getting its information from. But this is starting to look like the real deal.

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Patrick Steen

I’m not too convinced by these photos – looks like an early prototype to me. But it is coming. It could be the next N-Gage or it could be the next big thing. Actually, I think it’s watering down the PlayStation brand and could damage the launch of the PSP2, which is rumoured to be out next year.

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