Report: Sony Making PlayStation Phone Built On Google Android

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You know that PlayStation phone we've been hearing about for, well, seemingly forever? Engadget says it's finally happening in the form of Sony Ericsson-developed, Android-based hardware that's PSPgo-like in form. That long-rumored elusive PlayStation phone could even hit this year.

According to Engadget's report, that PlayStation branded phone will be based on the Android 3.0 platform, sport a 3.7 to 4.1 inch WVGA or better resolution screen, (possibly) a 5 megapixel camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU.


For controls, the device is said to feature the PlayStation standard d-pad and face buttons, plus a "long touch pad" for analog controls. Hardware-wise, Engadget describes it as "a cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go" and probably much better looking than our mock-up.

On the games front, original PlayStation titles and PSP games like God of War and LittleBigPlanet are name-checked. Modern Warfare, which has never seen a PSone or PSP iteration, is also mentioned as a title "possibly on tap" for the device.

Much of that seems to match up with a Wall Street Journal report from earlier this year that heralded a Sony Ericsson released PlayStation phone some time in 2010.

If Sony Ericsson does have plans to unveil the long-rumored PlayStation phone, it has Gamescom and Tokyo Game Show still left to do it. With PSP game releases on the decline, the time may finally be right.


Exclusive: Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone [Engadget]

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There is a catch-22 in there. A phone without a touch screen is awkward and if you have a touch screen and it is not used in the games... it's not less awkward. And then if you make games that use the touch screen, they cannot work on regular PSP and it's still awkward... that's even a catch-33 or something.