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PlayStation Phone: New Specs Come to Light

David Gilbert


Playstation Phone: New Specs Come to Light

More leaked pictures of the the PlayStation Phone, which has been rumoured for over three years, have appeared on the web. As recently as August the unconfirmed device was said to have an October launch date but it now looks as if early 2011 is a more likely launch date.

Engadget yesterday posted new images of the phone and as a result new details about the much-anticipated mobile gaming device have emerged. Codenamed Zeus, the new phone seems to be running Android 2.2 in the leaked pictures but rumours that the launch model will run Android 3.0 (codenamed the slightly less mighty Gingerbread) persist.

The phone seems to be about the same thickness as the PSPgo at around 17mm with a slide out control pad - similar to the PSP. The images show an 8GB microSD card inserted with 512MB of internal memory. It seems clear that Sony Ericsson is worried about losing ground in the mobile gaming market to the iPhone and iPod touch and believe this device will bring it back on track.

While there is still no confirmed word on the device from Sony (and there is some speculation that the images leaked are not real), it seems likely now that it will announce this device sooner rather than later and Mobile World Congress in February could be the ideal place to launch it.

Source: Engadget


November 2, 2010, 3:59 pm

"It seems clear that Sony Ericsson are worried about losing ground in the mobile gaming market to the iPhone and iPod Touch and believe this device will bring them back on track. "

No argument with the first part of that sentence but I'd be surprised if this was the only device Sony has been working on in response. They're probably acutely aware of the fate of the physical keyboard on current smartphone devices. I do like the 'thumb-bar' they've apparently built into the slide-out keyboard of this device but I'm sure they've a fair few configurations for the slide-out portion, and they're experimenting too with touch-sensitive surfaces on the rear of the PSP2 (which could inform the design of a phone like this too). The design is still up in the air in my opinion (though they can crack on with the software side in the interim).


November 2, 2010, 4:06 pm

I'm still not sold on all of this speculation. I've got no doubt that they're working on a hybrid smartphone/PSP but nothing I've seen "leaked" so far seems to fit with the Sony that I know of.

Mostly, it's the OS. While I'm not going to argue the pros and cons of Android as a mobile OS, Sony Entertainment already have a fantastic OS with the XMB, and it would lend itself fantastically, I think, to a nice shiny touchscreen!


November 2, 2010, 4:14 pm

Battery Life.

And that's all I'm saying on the subject.

Greg Shewan

November 2, 2010, 4:53 pm

@Cub - Fully agree with you on the OS front, why would SE market a PS Phone with Android on it.... it seems very 'head in the clouds' at the moment. Also the design is way off from a PS perspective, it seems lost between a X10 and a PSP go... it doesn't seem to carry any sort of PS design language either.

I suspect that this is just another Xperia phone slotting between the X10 and the X8, as SE only have the X10 mini pro as their sliding qwerty model. I think this is what it is a X9/10 pro.

Any thoughts?


November 2, 2010, 5:24 pm

For me the issue is the cost of the games. If they're going to be in the same ballpark as current PSP and DS games then the target audience is going to be limited. I know some people who are buying their kids iPod Touches instead of a DS or PSP because the price of games is far more amenable to pocket money.


November 2, 2010, 6:43 pm

I'm not much of a gamer, but it's obvious even to me that Sony need to do something. The mobile gaming market is now bigger than that for handhelds. It's not even so much competing with the iPhone, but being in a different sector (proper games vs time wasters). Sony want to capture all those people buying these time wasters and hopefully bring them into the PSP fold afterwards (were games are bigger and more expensive).

I also think they'll have some sort of tablet as well as the PSPhone, a PSPad would more easily overthrow the iPad as it's less entrenched than the iPhone. Oh and TR everyone seems to think Gingerbread is just going to be 2.3, not 3.0 which is reserved for Honeycomb (as a tablet OS). We should see on the 8th when Samsung reveal their Google approved phone.

Don Kanonjii

November 2, 2010, 8:12 pm

I cant help but think two things about this phone.

1) it's not very pretty

2) I just dont see it making an impact but I could be wrong


November 3, 2010, 11:04 pm

Don: On point 1, you're not wrong. It's not exactly hideous, but the front looks like one of many cheapo no-brand smartphones, and the slide-out keypad belongs on the kind of low-budget PSP or DS rip-off you might see on eBay. Not what I would expect from the company that designed the K800 (or for that matter Sony who gave us the PS2 Slim, PSP, PS3, etc...) If the images are not fake, then I hope this is only a very, very early prototype.

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