Japanese Paper Reports PlayStation Phone Coming Early Next Year

Japanese Paper Reports PlayStation Phone Coming Early Next Year

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Rumors continue to pile up about Sony's Android-powered gaming phone. This time, it's a possible release window.

Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, has reported that Sony plans to release a PlayStation branded phone in Europe and North America as soon as spring next year.

The paper didn't go into too many specifics about the hardware, except that the handset's design is based on the PSP Go, will open in the same way and have similar controls, and that it will run on Google's Android operating system. According to the report, the phone is scheduled to come out in the West first, with a possibility of it coming out in Japan later.

People have been talking about a PlayStation phone for years, but with hardware details floating around, and Sony Ericsson executives making coy references to the handset, there seems to be some actual substance backing up this most recent round of rumors. There's a significant difference between the appearance of substance and actual confirmation however. There's already been one question mark raised about the validity of some of the leaked material, so it's best to approach this kind of news with a degree of caution and skepticism.

We've contacted Sony for comment, and will update if we get any new information.

Source: via 1up

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Hmmm, interesting. I don't have a cell phone, I wonder if I'd want a PSphone.

Gah, it said it didn't load! please delete this.

I'm surprised that this hasn't happened sooner, to be honest.

Should be available before I'm up for an upgrade. Good-bye Torch!

Alas, why is it always they never release the details about the battery life? I know it's a major flaw in mobile technology but this is becoming a serious horrible habit.

If it can play Angry Birds. Then I might replace my iPhone with this when my contract runs out.

Hmm... Recently, more companies have their secrets exposed... They might be neglecting their NDA's... :/

Its going to crash and burn.

This is the only phone that interests me. Im pretty sure I will get it when it comes out, my shitty samsung most likely wouldnt hold up against this.

Yeeeeeah.. Ohkay. Wuuut?

Ive expected this for years now. I was surprised that the PSP didnt have phone functionallity.

If sony wants to do it, Im sure there is a market for it out there. Honestly it might be a good thing to help try to kick Apple in the teeth for trying to lumber its way into gaming.

Honestly though, what boggles my mind is how obsessive people are about their cell phones. I mean I get the notion of a portable device that can do alot of different things, but there are better handheld gaming platforms out there, what is the purpose of building one off of limited phone architecture? I mean really, you couldnt have just did a new relaunch of the PSP with a sim card slot and a bluetooth module? Perhaps even a touch screen for dialing?

I said it before and I'll say it again: an open source OS with a PSP Go!? You're either going to get a pirate's dream or nothing that resembles the Android OS.

I'm unsure of this one. I know people are willing to pay loads for phones these days, but I still question the potential popularity of this device, especially considering Sony said "PSP Go was a test run to see if the market wanted it" and then intergrated the PSP Go! into a phone.

I'm tempted just because I'm totally sick of my iphone now.

mad825:
Alas, why is it always they never release the details about the battery life? I know it's a major flaw in mobile technology but this is becoming a serious horrible habit.

Because they (meaning Sony) haven't released any details about a Playstation Phone. As the article says, everything we "know" about the thing is based on rumors and speculation. But for all we know, this could be a something that they ultimately decide not to release to consumers.

As for such a phone, don't care. Smart phones like this have monthly bills that are far greater than what any cell phone is worth to me.

Well, sign me up (assuming I don't need to use cell phone internet to download games)

This is gonna turn out to be one of those lame jokes at E3 2011 where Kaz again gets to say "the worst kept secret of E3" ::Cringe::

Ok I'm not sure why Sony is trying for this // They are taking the whole concept about gaming on one phone a little to far // I mean there is nothing wrong with that they are doing, but how good is the phone going to be if it's designed as a gaming platform first and a phone second?

-M

TimeLord:
If it can play Angry Birds. Then I might replace my iPhone with this when my contract runs out.

It can it's running gingerbread or honeycomb so android market should be on it.

If it runs PSP games and have a decent battery life, I may get this.

I haven't upgraded my phone for a while and I'm one of those persons who actually have an old phone still funtioning.
I can't belive how many people prefer to use their phones for their shitty games.

Meh. My old phone still works, and my PSP still games, so I don't need a half assed combination of the two.

Can it be better than portable cheese?



I would buy it if I could switch the menus to a PSP/PS3 style. Its just so clean and efficient. Ill still take a good look at it, it'll just be a harder sell now.

 

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