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PSP phone rumours fuelled by new pictures

UPDATE: PSPgo look-a-like features multi-touch panel, shoulder buttons, SD card support

More pictures of an alleged PSP phone have emerged, fuelling further discussion as to if or when Sony will release a PlayStation branded mobile to market.

The latest shots, ostensibly of an early prototype, appear on tech blog Engadet - the same site which obtained an iPhone 4 and dissected it well before the machine was made public.

The pictures come from an undisclosed source and show a device cosmetically similar to the PSPgo, albeit with a missing analogue nub and an added touch pad between buttons and D-pad. The prominent PSP shoulder buttons are present and an SD card slot appears on the back.

Engadget is reporting rumours of the phones technical specifications, too. A 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and a 3.7"-4.1" screen. The phone reportedly operates on the new Android 3.0 platform, known as Gingerbread.

It's not a new rumour - ever since 2003 when Ken Kutaragi speculated that a mobile phone peripheral would be released for the original PSP, stories regularly emerge that the hardware manufacturer has decided to step into the mobile communications market.

In 2007, SonyEricsson - which already has a successful foothold in the mobile phone market - suggested that it was considering a PSP crossover for a high-spec handset, after a Sony Bravia mobile specialising in TV playback became popular in Japan.

The rumours join the flurry of speculation over the PSP's successor, which has been posited as possessing a quad-core graphics chip and a touch screen on its reverse. Dev kits for the PSP 2 are already in the hands of developers.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Sony has told NowGamer the images are "definitely fake."

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Latest comments (25)

Josef Brett Animator 9 years ago
How would this work though in relation to the current PSP? Would it play the same games, because the OS and hardware specs are different to current revisions of the PSP.
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Ryan Locke Lecturer in Media Design, University of Abertay Dundee9 years ago
I think the only way for psp to go is a backwards compatable system, no way a fresh new handheld from sony would win people over. It'll need to keep up also with anything a handheld phone offers. Darn it. Things used to be so simple!
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Rupert Loman Founder & CEO, Gamer Network9 years ago
I would think that the PSP Phone will be based on the PSPgo but the PSP2 would be something new/different entirely (potentially back compatible but who knows!)...
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Antony Cain Lecturer, Teesside University9 years ago
"I would think that the PSP Phone will be based on the PSPgo"

Eww :)

I hope for their own good that isn't the case. People clearly don't want the PSPgo, adding a phone to it won't change things.

I smell a new N-Gage!
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 9 years ago
So, we're expecting Sony to be releasing the PSP2 and a PSP Phone, because I'm not sure they can both exist under the same brand without cannibalising the other's audience to some extent?

I think the PSP2 is surely going ahead - and with 60 million plus sales of the PSP they'd be silly not to - but the PSP Phone seems less certain. Time will tell, I guess - perhaps it'll lead Sony Ericsson's second or third generation of Smartphones.
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Josef Brett Animator 9 years ago
The picture of the phone on Enganet looks pretty shoddy too. I know it's meant to be a prototype, but it has none of the quality (in either design or finish) of a normal Playstation range product. The Dpad looks awful too and a lack of analogue nub means this must be a scam?
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John Blackburne Programmers 9 years ago
I think this _is_ the PSP 2, simply as I thought before I saw these photos that the next PSP would be a phone. For whatever reasons the PSP has lost a lot of ground and it's not obvious there's room for another PSP in the market, as dedicated games portables are squeezed out of the market by equally capable and portable MP3 players and phones. But add a game controller to a phone and you've got a USP for the device, especially an Android device where it's getting hard to tell them apart and decide which is best already.

If they then make it easy to port games from the PSP and other platforms, include some integration with the PS3 and market it well they could have a success. Or at least something that will compare well with other phones and which like the iPhone ties users in to the platform because of its unique capabilities. I don't think they're going to catch up with Nintendo, but there isn't as much room in that market so they shouldn't really try.
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Josef Brett Animator 9 years ago
You could have a point there John
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Keith Andrew Freelance Journalist, Keith Andrew Media9 years ago
Sony Ericsson hasn't actually said the images are "definitely fake". Instead, NowGamer has plopped the 'fake' part in the headline based on internet speculation that the images don't match up.

What Sony *actually* said was, it doesn't comment on rumour and speculation.
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Keith Andrew Freelance Journalist, Keith Andrew Media9 years ago
It's also worth pointing out that, as reported here, this isn't a PSP Phone. It's a PlayStation Phone - somewhat different a proposition.
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Graeme Quantrill Mobile App Developer 9 years ago
I don't think Sony would dream of releasing a PSPgo 2. The first was an industry flop so why release another based on the same concept; expensive digital downloads?
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Armando Marini Product Development, Big Viking Games9 years ago
If one were to pick nits, its an Andriod phone with Playstation controls tacked on. The folks at Sony Ericsson have to be working on something since the X10 is STILL running Andriod 1.6.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 9 years ago
"What Sony *actually* said was, it doesn't comment on rumour and speculation."

Yeah; I noticed that too Keith.

Also, these images of the 'PlayStation Phone' on Engadget (mis-spell of Engadget in the article, by the way) look very much like a mash-up of the PSPgo's design crossed with the Sony Erisson Vivaz. Seems easy enough to mock up for someone with a bit of image manipulation experience.
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Dave Cook Staff Writer, Imagine Publishing9 years ago
Hi guys, as I wrote the NowGamer piece I would like to assure everyone that a Sony Europe spokesperson went on record to say that the images were fake. We were later asked to run with the 'no comment' line.

It's unfortunate as it looks bad on us, and myself specifically. But rest assured that was the line this morning before the retraction.

The images are clearly suspect and that's the line we're sticking to.

Cheers guys,

Dave
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 9 years ago
Thanks for clearing that up Dave, and too bad Sony wanted to retract the comment and run with the "We don't comment on rumour and speculation" line, because as you point out, it creates further confusion. I guess the safest and best thing they can do in these instances is just distance themselves and not add fuel to the fire either way.
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Dave Cook Staff Writer, Imagine Publishing9 years ago
Thanks mate, I understand why they'd want to do that but it leaves me at a disadvantage

Let's just say Ive faced a barrage of abuse from people online over this today and I really just want to forget about it.

Tomorrow's a new day and all that.

Dave
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Jordan Lund Columnist 9 years ago
Gizmodo was the site that got the "stolen" iPhone 4, not Engadget...
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Tommy Ågren Journalists 9 years ago
Probably we shouldn't think of it as a 'PSP'-phone per say - in terms of backwards compatibility, existing PSP games library and all those nice to have things :-D.

For me this is simply Sony's play into the Iphone segment, with a natural alliance with Android to try and establish themselves in that particular space with a precisely targeted handset.

Based on the current 'insights' from developers on the PSP2, the PS-phone and PSP2 isn't the same device by a long shot.

Just my $0,02

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Tommy Ågren on 27th October 2010 6:27pm

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game9 years ago
I think if the PSPgo had included a phone it actually would have done much better in the UK at least, due to the way handsets are subsidised by contracts here. People my not have wanted to pay the expensive price for a PSPgo, but a lot of gamers would have jumped at getting it free as part of a 18 month contract.
The timing my not be as good now as when psp go released. IPhone has gone from desirable and popular to ubiquitous, and other smartphones are making some headway in the gaming sphere. But it still has a chance.
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Josef Brett Animator 9 years ago
Hope tomorrow is a better day for you Dave...

Must have been quite tough today :)
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Igor Macukat Studying Computer Science (Games), University of Brighton9 years ago
I hope Sony doesn't do something MASSIVELY stupid and release a half-assed attempt at a portable gaming device (or a phone... whatever!) As long as it is within a proper price range and as long as it has the second analogue stick, that ALONE will put the PSP2 about a million steps in the right direction. Now whether they wanna put in a phone in it or just stick 3G in it is all speculation. I can personally see Sony trying to do too many things at once and try to rival both Nintendo and the iPhone with massive scree, touch, and wireless...

An Android based system wouldn't be bad :D
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Jamie Watson Studying Bachelor of Games & Interactive Entertainment, Queensland University of Technology9 years ago
maybe the PSP 2 IS the PSP phone!
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Luis Morales Public relations, Med Mercs9 years ago
PSP phone or Play Station Phone, doesn't make a difference to me. As long as Sony Ericsson and Sony deliver a devise that is simple, innovative, and fun to use I think consumers will tag along with it. Just look at Apple as an example.........
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Dave Cook Staff Writer, Imagine Publishing9 years ago
Thanks Josef, much appreciated mate :)
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Josef Brett Animator 9 years ago
I'm not sure Android is good enough or mature enough as a platform to host a high end gaming device. maybe 3.0 will be better, but the versions I've used (admittedly, much lower) haven't been able to run the phone functions in a stable manner, let alone a decent games platform!
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