Sony's Playstation phone

Sony's new phone -- simply dubbed the "Playstation phone" -- has appeared in more pictures. And if there's ever an indication that it's Android-based, well, here you go. It's still very much in prototype form, according to Engadget, but the pictures are unmistakable. This bad boy is Android, through and through. Sure, a custom skin is more than likely. But still.

Above, you see a picture that closely resembles what was predicted in August. Here are the rumored specs:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Custom Sony marketplace to buy games designed for a device like this
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 (200MHz faster than the G2, but the same new architecture, apparently) -- by the way, that's the same system-on-a-chip as we just saw in the myTouch 4G/HD benchmarks we posted.
  • 512MB of RAM/1GB ROM
  • MircoSD slot -- no Sony Memory Stick -- thank whomever it is you thank for that sort of thing.
  • The screen is between 3.7 and 4.1-inches -- that's a pretty large range, and we're learning toward the larger end.

So when we get down to it, we're looking at Sony's bad-arse Playstation controller coupled with high-end hardware -- higher than just about anything currently available, actually. So the hardware should be set. Let's just hope the software and UI don't blow it. More at the source link. [Engadget]

There are 56 comments

Very gamercentic. I guess this what the gamers have been waiting for.

josuearisty says:

Yes, but is ugly!!

Kyran says:

It's ugly because I suspect its a prototype. There isn't any obvious Playstation branding nor does it use any of the PSP's signature design aesthetics.

Just saying.

Maybe they'll call it the PSPhone? PSPwn??

paa79594 says:

I second the PSPwn

muddy13 says:

Looks like and LG Ally with a game controller instead of a keyboard.

samurikuma says:

oh babay. i would loves me some of that. any idea what networks getting this or is it gonna be available on them all.

StuRoid says:

If I'm not mistaken isnt the MSM8655 a CDMA supported chipset?

muddy13 says:

Verizon 4G will use a sim card.

remixfa says:

Its the same chipset thats in the Tmobile G2. Processor doesnt matter for carriers though, just the radio, which the leak didnt mention. Im hoping they just put in "all radios" and sell it on every carrier.

r-nice says:

I wonder if it will make it to the U.S.

ahotcarl269 says:

well i am guessing its a gsm based phone since sony ericssons always been unlocked sim based phones but i would like to see this on atleast t mobile or verizon not att if was carrier base lets hope that it is not a flop like the ngage was

goldeneye says:

We'll see how it does against the Nintendo 3DS.

JohnnyACE562 says:

Apparently, Android's getting a 3D phone.


Spartoi says:

Hopefully the games will be playable on other devices via port.

lafountain says:

Go figure, the moment I click send to mention this to the Android Central crew, when the page refreshes, there is the article.

So a PSP-Go with an Android phone, could be interesting.

Wesley1 says:

This is Sony Ericsson, and if it has Gingerbread, then it will only be out in 2 years time...

ddoublep says:

This is pretty awesome, assuming everything is true.

iPwn says:

Well there goes any chance of there being quality games in the Android Market that are at least comparable to the iPhone or iPod Touch. Either mobile game developers will make games for that iDevices or Sony's new marketplace now, skipping the general Android Market. :/ Bah, I shouldn't complain about a cellphone's app marketplace, it's a cellphone. I'll be getting a 3DS anyway.

Dakotalee24 says:

whoever said this was a cdma device is a idiot. if you look at the screenshot it says insert sim card

mhans311 says:

First of all, there are CDMA phones that support sim cards for global roaming. Second, Verizon's LTE network (which is beginning its roll-out already) will likely use sim cards.

Cubfan says:

Can't wait for the AC article about someone pasting keyboard keys on this thing.

Smokexz says:

I still think WP7 is the best mobile gaming platform, its not like PSP games were ever good.

Starku says:

Says who that PSP games aren't good? Maybe you don't think so, but a lot of people, me being one of them, love games on the PSP.

Smokexz says:

A PSP is only good when you flash it with CFW, all the games on a PSP are just remake or too short... if we need a solid gaming platform for a smartphone, its going to have to be WP7, it has all the real potential with an online gaming system and achievement system. still it might be okay

Smokexz says:

A PSP is only good when you flash it with CFW, all the games on a PSP are just remake or too short... if we need a solid gaming platform for a smartphone, its going to have to be WP7, it has all the real potential with an online gaming system and achievement system. still it might be okay

darkmax says:

It's so obvious you have no idea what you are talking about. PS and PSP took the market share away from other consoles years ago and still maintaining their status. Please don't make accusation you cannot sufficiently back up.

flacoff says:

I'm sold on the concept, just the execution looks a bit off, still nice and clean for a prototype.

Starku says:

I knew this would happen. I buy a G2 and finally settle on a phone and a two year contract and phones I would love to have keep popping up. The next Google phone, now this? Why can't I be rich and afford these kinda things? I would have like 3 phones and could switch whenever. Then again, I would have to remember what is on what. Too much of a hassle.

mikachu says:

I guess Ill have to make a gamepad mod out of My Samsung Epic's keyboard! and Hope that we can port those games over to all devices!

Seriously my Epic rocks :)

dougeetx says:

It's fugly!

kleverbear says:


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Eazail70x7 says:


Just kidding ;)

darkmax says:

I would love this thing if only it were not based on PSP Go. I absolutely hate the PSP Go's controllers. they are too CRAMP!

caliskimmer says:

I like the Epic better since you can still program your keyboard and load some ROMs in an emu. Does anyone else have a feeling this could kill Android gaming outside of the SonyPhone?

Kyran says:

I think it might actually help. Sure, Sony will have their exclusives, but if this is using a cell phone GPU, that's going to make it ridiculously easy for games to be ported to straight Android rather than burning a bunch of R&D getting a game to work on something less proprietary.

Bjur says:

It had better come out soon and do some battles with the competition before it becomes another X10!

Eazail70x7 says:

You should be able to map the keys with this phone too right?

ShaneOryan says:

hmmm... no joystick??

or are those two little windows in the middle joysticks??

two joysticks?? or no joysticks??

JohnnyACE562 says:

I'm guessing they're both optical joysticks. {{-_-}}

davidnc says:

I think the joystick is actually the arrow buttons on the left controller(left side ) , if it was those things in the middle you would need another hand to operate it LoL :p.

I think maybe those things (dots) are just sensors :/

tkfox007 says:

On first sight I like and want it. But after thinking about it, I don't think I'd use it's PSP function often as there's very, very few PSP games I like (close to none).

Trun says:

Guessing they haven't added the joysticks yet, or they are two capacitive touch joysticks.

Well I replied to the wrong one I guess.

Trun says:

Bet it will be custom skinned with an XMB, as Sony likes to do with everything PlayStation.

fifa3601 says:

JohnnyACE562 says:

I'm calling it now: It's going to Sprint.

EDIT: Check that - Ma Bell.


JohnnyACE562 says:

IDEA: Turn the phone to the left - slide-out keyboard. Turn it to the right - slide-out game controller. Good idea?


capitaltpt says:

I'm surprised to see Sony using something open sourced. I guess this puts the squash on those rumors of Apple merging with Sony.

nikhils says:

I don't know anything about software in development so maybe I am wrong about the date there. But February 1 was not Friday this year. Nor is it a Friday next year.

Eazy123 says:

I had the PSP and, very briefly, the Go, and the main thing keeping me from staying sold on the Go was that it was another device I had to carry. Integrated with a phone, I'm sold (at a reasonable price, not like $400) least until Nintendo decides to integrate the DS with a phone, which I can't see happening due to the dual screens. One can always hope, however...

JSKershaw says:

Meh, it's a SE phone which means years before you see any software updates for this phone.... Just look at the X10 line...

Dragon1473 says:

There's one thing that really bothers me about this image and makes me think it's fake. The words "No SIM card" are directly on top of "Emergency calls only". Additionally, why would the screen need to mention the lack of a SIM card twice (if phones normally do show it twice, my bad. i've always had verizon so idk too much about SIM cards).

jbuggydroid says:

Calling it FAKE

xarophti says:

that's just...dumb

I want this gadget. As a gamer I would like to combine mobility and communication together.

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