PlayStation phone to hit the market in April

The Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone is rumored to be hitting stores in April. The very bizarre fusion of a phone and handheld gaming unit will be launching this February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but won't be available in retail stores until April.

Pocket-lint.com has learnt through a source close to the matter, that Sony Ericsson plans on unveiling the phone early next year. The device is rumored to feature a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and feature a 3.7-inch to 4.1-inch screen. The sliding phone will unveil a PlayStation style controller built into the phone, with directional D-Pad and buttons for the ultimate gaming experience.

The phone will operate on an Android-based OS, custom made for this specific device. The PlayStation phone, or by the suspected name of "Z-System", will feature 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. Reports indicate that Sony Ericsson has abandoned the MicroSD card slot on this device. Not much more is known about the device since its leak back in October.

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Hmm... why not just add touch and phone support to the PSP or PSP Go?
I don't see this thing selling at all. Unless they are trying to market it to middle school n00bs

Why make the controller section so bulky? why not make it the same shape as the PSX controller with the handles cut short and keep it thin?

Like the concept, I enjoy gaming on my android and have emulators from PSX etc. on it, the only failing point is the controls.

I think it's too little, too late. Yet another company trying to jump on the success bandwagon of Apple and Android. Not going to happen. Sony is so prone to failure....Betamax, MMCD, Super Audio CD, MiniDisc, UMD, ATRAC3.....there are more but it's getting off-topic.

If sony decide to restrict access to games on the android market it will fail like a kin. And from personal experience SE phones haven't got the best build quality. My current w980 is a bit hit and miss with dropped calls.and I could go on for days about how bad the w580 was. Short story, I had about four refurbed w580s before the carphone warehouse gave up and offered me a different phone.

Ok, well the phone will have to be pretty spectacular in order to get people to part with PSP's iPhones nexus WP7 etc...

I can't see it happening myself. its almost like a crazy gimmick. I think they are trying to use up all the spare parts from PSP Go's that no one ever bought

How were Sony ever convinced that this would work?

When you call your phone a Sony Playstation Phone then your customers expect a good quality gaming machine and competitive phone tech.

I hope Sony have not simply decided to brand a phone. Its too late in the 'game' to do that

Orange Battery said,
How were Sony ever convinced that this would work?

When you call your phone a Sony Playstation Phone then your customers expect a good quality gaming machine and competitive phone tech.

I hope Sony have not simply decided to brand a phone. Its too late in the 'game' to do that


lets put a CELL system with Blu-ray into a phone.

Well if all it is is a android phone with a gaming controller and the ability to obtain movies and playstation store minis I don't see how it would be that bad. In-fact I hope that is all it is because that would be kind of sweet.

SaltLife said,
Well if all it is is a android phone with a gaming controller and the ability to obtain movies and playstation store minis I don't see how it would be that bad. In-fact I hope that is all it is because that would be kind of sweet.

I'm with you on this. I personally want this to take off.

PS: I don't understand why people are saying the battery will die quickly playing games - of course it will, just like it does on the ipone, wp7, and android phones. Do people care? NO

So here is how it's going to work. Person A will be playing their heart out on the device. They will then receive a phone call and the thing will die because they used up all the battery power playing ****ing games on a phone.,

warwagon said,
So here is how it's going to work. Person A will be playing their heart out on the device. They will then receive a phone call and the thing will die because they used up all the battery power playing ****ing games on a phone.,
Like all smartphones can?

I was excited about this when it first leaked. I like the CONCEPT. It is taking them so long to get it out though by April those specs are probably going to suck compared to whatever other top end Android phones are coming out at the same time. Also, why the hell did they drop the MicroSD!?!?

Asmodai said,
I was excited about this when it first leaked. I like the CONCEPT. It is taking them so long to get it out though by April those specs are probably going to suck compared to whatever other top end Android phones are coming out at the same time. Also, why the hell did they drop the MicroSD!?!?
The SD probably has something to do with stopping piracy. They will be able to make it a lot more difficult to get games off the internal memory than a removable card.

lordcanti86 said,
It look like they're gonna call it the Xperia Play. You know, because leveraging the PlayStation brand is a bad idea...

I think its cuz it can't play PSP games, so they don't wanna end up being blamed for naming it that and then not being able to play psp titles.

The phone will operate on an Android-based OS, custom made for this specific device.

An Android phone wouldn't be an Android phone unless it was custom made for a specific device

Audioboxer said,
Probably worthwhile adding that image is a prototype before all the "hideous" comments start.

It's hideous!

.Neo said,
I have the distinct feeling this won't be a huge hit.

Well, it could work if done and marketed correctly. But I think they might have an N-Gage on their hands (I hope I'm wrong, as the more players on the market with good phones the merrier for us)

How much memory for games and application ? If there is no microSD card slot, it needs a lot of memory !!