Details leaked on Sony's PlayStation Phone

The long awaited, and hoped for phone from Sony may exist after all. With some details leaking out of the Sony vault and some clever sleuthing, a PlayStation Phone is beginning to look quite real. 

Technology blog Engadget decided to risk their credibility by posting some pictures of the phone and now can breathe a sigh of relief as more details come out, further making this a solid claim. PlayStation Phone will be Android-based, although it is unknown yet what version the phone will contain. The phone will also feature a custom Sony Marketplace for purchasing games. Innards of the phone will sport a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM. The screen appears to be between 3.7 to 4.1 inches, the apparent golden size for handheld and portable gaming.

PlayStation Phone, or by the suspected name "Z-System," will sport a multi-touch pad, which is the semi-indented gray area in the image above between the D-pad and square, triangle, circle, x buttons. The name "Z-System" comes from multiple sources, all supporting the information. The code name of this device is Zeus, an image of the device is labeled "Z-System" up top, Sony holds trademarks for "Z-System", and z-system.com is registered by Sony Ericsson. It is not clear yet though if devices will have set standards to become part of the "Z-System," or if perhaps it is just the branding that will be used.

The firmware, while Android-based will be custom made for this device, which can be seen already in an early stage in the posted images. An interesting side note, Sony has abandoned Memory Stick for microSD with this phone, a move that is sure to help standardize the mobile market rather than keep up with separate technologies for the same purpose. Release date, or even an official unveiling of the device officially are unknown, however this is looking like it will shape up to be a 2011 device with some hopefuls looking to holiday 2010.

Image credit: engadget.com

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I personally think it will do quite well tbh, I imagine no one will be making games other than the people or companies that already make the games for psp. Surly it will just be a psp bolted onto Android OS you load up your psp and download games like you do on the new psp? It will all be controlled just like the current psp the phone will be a bonus, I can see it looking pretty much the same as the psp go. It will have a shed load of games on it from the word go! Honestly I wonder what most of you guys are on at times. It will be great for apps as it will have all the android stuff and lets face it most games are crap on iphone and esp android as there is no tactile feed back. I have an iphone 4 and can see myself moving to this if its not a massive phone. Think we should all wait and see before its a massive flop.

I think they should broaden up the features of the device and make it the 'ultimate entertainment system' rather than just gaming.

Basically increase the screen size and lose Android. Develop a purpose-built Operating System that could even have similarities to the PSP/PS3 XMB. Make it PSN compatible, allow people to download and play PSP Titles.

Aim to make watching Films, reading Books and playing Games easy and enjoyable. Include a decent Web Browser. If it was a more rounded device that had features to rival those of the iPad it might just make it as a popular device.

Allow for Pay as you Go & Contract Packages because otherwise, its gonna be strictly adults and then almost definitely a failure.

Has anyone noticed that on the screen it makes reference to buttons A and B, yet the device has the standard PS set?

Saying what i said when i saw this on another site yesterday.
It will fail as a gaming platform. why? Because they will most probably market it as an android phone for gamers which while true is the wrong strategy, the whole device is the wrong strategy.
What they need is a PSP with a phone not a phone with PSP controls.
The thing is, the device is based on android, why would you as a developer develop something for this specific device when you could develop a game for the whole android platform or iOS and reach a much larger userbase...

Saying what i said when i saw this on another site yesterday.
It will fail as a gaming platform. why? Because they will most probably market it as an android phone for gamers which while true is the wrong strategy, the whole device is the wrong strategy.
What they need is a PSP with a phone not a phone with PSP controls.
The thing is, the device is based on android, why would you as a developer develop something for this specific device when you could develop a game for the whole android platform or iOS and reach a much larger userbase...

Leonick said,
Saying what i said when i saw this on another site yesterday.
It will fail as a gaming platform. why? Because they will most probably market it as an android phone for gamers which while true is the wrong strategy, the whole device is the wrong strategy.
What they need is a PSP with a phone not a phone with PSP controls.
The thing is, the device is based on android, why would you as a developer develop something for this specific device when you could develop a game for the whole android platform or iOS and reach a much larger userbase...

Exactly. And to be honest, marketing it as a PSP with a phone doesn't work either, because this would require a contract, which in many ways prices it out of the handheld gaming market... If a kid wants a handheld gaming device, the parent now has a choice. One WITH a monthly contract, and one without. And the contract will be more too, because it's going to require data... This has fail written all over it.

judayeong said,
It looks ugly...

From what people seem to be saying, this is a prototype. Meaning, still in the "slap bits of hardware together so we can make software" stage.

UHYVE said,

From what people seem to be saying, this is a prototype. Meaning, still in the "slap bits of hardware together so we can make software" stage.

Which is fine and everything. That's my understanding as well, and I am not being critical of the design choices at this point. But the over all design just doesn't work for me. I mean, it would be the only phone out there with a directional pad. So game developers would have to target that for this platform only. AND it's no longer a handheld gaming device (Requiring a monthly cell phone contract and everything now), so it just priced itself out of that market. It's competing with a heck of a lot more now then it would in its previous space. Really, it seems like a device that doesn't really know what it wants to be or where it fits and things like that are never successful.

UHYVE said,
From what people seem to be saying, this is a prototype. Meaning, still in the "slap bits of hardware together so we can make software" stage.

Yes, the same was true when windows phone 7 was under development.
Don't count esthetics at this point.

I don't think this would a flop, in the contrary, if properly executed it could be huge for both Sony Ericsson and Google. For Google especially, it could be a game changer, as it would boost Android's popularity in the cellphone gaming market, that is currently dominated by the iOS platform.

Cask1 said,
I don't think this would a flop, in the contrary, if properly executed it could be huge for both Sony Ericsson and Google. For Google especially, it could be a game changer, as it would boost Android's popularity in the cellphone gaming market, that is currently dominated by the iOS platform.

But the main question is would you buy one if it was 600 or 700 dollars? You could buy a PSP, nintendo DS and a PS3 and still have some extra

Lachlan said,

But the main question is would you buy one if it was 600 or 700 dollars? You could buy a PSP, nintendo DS and a PS3 and still have some extra

I don't think pricing would be much different than a current smartphone, components are mostly the same, don't think putting the controls cost wise would be much different than a Keyboard ala Droid. To make it more successful, they could price it even cheaper than competing Android devices. This really has a lot a potential. PSP brand on a phone well executed is really all it takes to take on the iPhone's gaming side.

Cask1 said,

I don't think pricing would be much different than a current smartphone, components are mostly the same, don't think putting the controls cost wise would be much different than a Keyboard ala Droid. To make it more successful, they could price it even cheaper than competing Android devices. This really has a lot a potential. PSP brand on a phone well executed is really all it takes to take on the iPhone's gaming side.

Yes, but the PSP brand is not what it used to be either. It's almost a forgotten platform. I haven't even SEEN one in ages (And I used to see them a lot)... Honestly, I don't think the "PSP Brand" is going to help phone sales... Especially considering that that brand doesn't mean you can port over any of the content from previous iterations of the brand anyway... It's pointless.

Cask1 said,

I don't think pricing would be much different than a current smartphone, components are mostly the same, don't think putting the controls cost wise would be much different than a Keyboard ala Droid. To make it more successful, they could price it even cheaper than competing Android devices. This really has a lot a potential. PSP brand on a phone well executed is really all it takes to take on the iPhone's gaming side.


And how would Sony convince developers to develope their apps for just one phone that uses a controller.

day2die said,

And how would Sony convince developers to develope their apps for just one phone that uses a controller.

Exactly, glad I am not alone with that thought, they will fail because of that.
The should have done a PSP with a phone, not a phone with PSP controls and that's it

I personally think this will be a flop.. I think it will turn out to be like the KIN just because the market for a phone like this is just to small. In that small market it could be very successful but really it is going to appeal the most to young kids that need their parents to purchase it for them and sign the 3 year contract. Don't see many parents getting it for their kids.

Lachlan said,
I personally think this will be a flop.. I think it will turn out to be like the KIN just because the market for a phone like this is just to small. In that small market it could be very successful but really it is going to appeal the most to young kids that need their parents to purchase it for them and sign the 3 year contract. Don't see many parents getting it for their kids.

Agree. Why would developer code for this one phone as oppose to Android?

Lachlan said,
I personally think this will be a flop.. I think it will turn out to be like the KIN just because the market for a phone like this is just to small. In that small market it could be very successful but really it is going to appeal the most to young kids that need their parents to purchase it for them and sign the 3 year contract. Don't see many parents getting it for their kids.

I agree. And feature wise, it really can't compete with what else is out there that "also does games..." No phone is going to be successful with one niche focus like that.

Shadrack said,

Developers code for iPhone... why not?

I think they mean since it runs Android and it would make a lot more sense to develop a game for Android that would run on ALL Android devices, not just this one phone that had a D Pad... I just don't see people taking advantage of this, nor do I see it finding a successful niche...

So... Just to clarify. Why didn't they do this before the iPhone? I am pretty sure that's what they were aiming for in the first PSP. Instead we get stupid versions or minor upgrades like the PSP Go.

SaLiVa said,
So... Just to clarify. Why didn't they do this before the iPhone? I am pretty sure that's what they were aiming for in the first PSP. Instead we get stupid versions or minor upgrades like the PSP Go.

Because the market research team on that project deemed there wasn't a demand for such a device. Then, they rested on that decision.

As Microsoft prepare to launch a game platform on the phone which compliments their set top console, Sony appear to be the ones playing catch up here.

Xypro said,
This is like a dream come true, what a great collaboration on this one screw psp here i come pspphone

In your dream, try to find the "A" & "B" buttons - The phone only appears to have Square, Triangle, Circle & X buttons - yet the photo has (A) Enter & (B) Back in the botton corner

Minooch said,

In your dream, try to find the "A" & "B" buttons - The phone only appears to have Square, Triangle, Circle & X buttons - yet the photo has (A) Enter & (B) Back in the botton corner

I noticed that too, right off the bat. Is it a mock-up or a fake? Whats with the shadow on the screen, its kinda weird too.

netsendjoe said,

I noticed that too, right off the bat. Is it a mock-up or a fake? Whats with the shadow on the screen, its kinda weird too.

That looks like smudge marks from fingers.

And I'm sure if this indeed exists the software may have been written with A and B just for testing purposes. That doesn't mean it's fake or real as of now. It's a beta software...