Where There's Smoke, There's PlayStation Phone Fire

Late last month, photos of a rumoured PSP phone surfaced. The prototype looked like a Sony Ericsson cell phone mated with a PSP. Rumours, right? Know what they say, where there's smoke there's fire - with "they" being Sony.

"There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere," Sony Ericsson Chief Executive Bert Nordberg said during an interview, reports The Wall Street Journal. "Sony has an extremely strong offering in the gaming market, and that's very interesting."

The is not official confirmation, but more stoking of the rumour flames. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Sony PlayStation phone will probably carry Sony Ericsson's Xperia brand and run on Google Android. Games will apparently be available via an application.

As Kotaku reported in October, the Sony Ericsson PSP phone is also reported to pack in 1GHz Qualcomm CPU, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and a screen "in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches". The phone does not appear to have a PSP style numb, but rather, it looks like it could use a touch-sensitive track pad. UMD and Memory Sticks also appear to be eliminated.

Sony Ericsson's Nordberg believes that the current generation of smart phones is not "optimised for games". Sony and Sony Ericsson have steered clear of a PSP phone in the past over fears of damaging the PSP brand, but with increased competition from smart phones that could change.

"I haven't dug into that history," Nordberg said, "but the future might be brighter." Sony is a strong brand, he added, asking why shouldn't Sony Ericsson use that. "Gaming, including content, is a very interesting proposition." Very interesting, indeed. If Sony is able to leverage games with solid gaming hardware in a smart phone packaging, the company could be a serious contender for Apple.

Sony Ericsson CEO Hints at Games-Oriented Smartphone [WSJ][Pic]


    I honestly agree. I bet you could whack even a pretty poor phone into a PSP and you'd have quite a few gamers ditch whatever phone they're carrying now. Might not be as whiz-bang as an iPhone in terms of apps like Safari, all those little informational things you download from the cinema or CityRail or whatever--but this is a phone for gamers, not games for people who have a phone. I especially think if it was SOLD as a game device that happened to have a phone in it, and not contracted out on a 24 month plan the way many people get phones, it might even take off in Australia.

    Mmm I was going to change my phone to HTC Desire sometime this month but maybe I can put up with my Nokia phone a bit longer till more info of the PSP phone comes out. I sure hope it is a lot better than the Xperia10 though since it's extremely laggy.

    So its not even announced and they're issuing a recall because its a fire hazard?

    I'd be interested in this if it had backwards compatibility but its unlikely to have a UMD and the PSPGo seems to show they don't much care about making sure users can replace their physical library with digital

    I would LOVE to replace my iphone with this. I can imagine the trackpads would be just as good as a thumb nub if programmed right. Since it had a long trackpad with 2 areas (well two dots on either side in the center) might i assume dual analogue/ track controls? Psp + 3g or 4g connection? Colour me excited.

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