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 al