Ever since the original version of the PSP was released there have been countless rumours that a PlayStation Phone was in development. The inclusion of VoIP services on the PSP mean that this has in a sense already happened, but now it looks like an Android based Sony Ericsson handset with a strong focus on gaming could be on the horizon.
It has been rumoured that the device could be hitting the market early next year running the upcoming Gingerbread (3.0) release of Android. At first glance the device looks very similar to the PSP Go with an almost identical button layout. The hardware specifications don’t look to be particularly ground breaking with a 1Ghz processor, 512MB of RAM and a screen somewhere in the region of 3.7″ to 4.1″.
The hardware might not sound too much different from handsets currently on the market, but if developers focus purely on this single platform they’ll surely be able to come up with some of the most impressive games on Android. It’s also possible that the PlayStation Phone will include a beefy GPU to help create some impressive visuals. While the iPhone currently dominates the mobile gaming market the inclusion of both touchscreen and physical controls could certainly give Sony the edge with more traditional games being easier to control.
One very interesting alteration from the PSP control scheme is the removal of the fairly useless Analogue nub in favour of a multi-touch area in between the d-pad and face buttons. With no official announcement from Sony yet there is still a lot more information to come, but if this replaces the PSP rather than competing with it then it we could see people recycling old mobile phones for cash and the PlayStation Phone becoming on of the most popular mobiles on the market.
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