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PlayStation Phone May Come in Feb 2011

2011 looks to be the year Sony tackles its mobile gaming competitors head-on with the seemingly imminent release of the PSP2 and the PlayStation Phone. Although Sony has yet to officially confirm the existence of either device, there's been enough chatter and indirect confirmation that both are on the way soon.

Case in point: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB Chief Executive Bert Nordberg said during an interview that he is well aware of the rumors pointing to a joint venture between Sony Ericsson and parent company Sony Cop. Although he didn't admit to the existence of a PlayStation Phone, he didn't dismiss the rumors either.

"There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere," Nordberg told The Wall Street Journal. "Sony has an extremely strong offering in the gaming market, and that's very interesting."

Nordberg said that he wants to make a lot of "noise" with a new product in February 2011 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. He also added that there's no real technological difficulty in launching a game-oriented smartphone. The only real challenge is negotiating rights issues with publishers.

"I'm very glad that we work with a company like Sony, who actually knows how to do it," he said.

The paper also cites an unnamed source confirming that the handset will likely use Google's Android OS. This would bring a huge library of apps and games to the Sony Ericsson handset, offering titles such as Angry Birds, Dungeon Hunter, NOVA, Modern Combat, the new cross-platform MMOG Pocket Legends and more. The source also indicated that the phone would probably use Sony Ericsson's Xperia brand.

Nordberg told the paper that Google's Android will likely dominate Sony Ericsson's smartphone lineup for at least another two years. However to gain an edge in an increasingly crowded Android market, the company would need to "diversify its lineup."

"Sony is of course a very strong brand, and why shouldn't we use that?" Nordberg asked. "Gaming, including content, is a very interesting proposition.

  • tayb
    I don't see how they can make this work. It would be cool if the phone dual booted the Android OS and the PSP OS (for games) but then you would have the problem of not receiving phone calls or texts while in 'PSP Mode.' Without 'PSP Mode', however, the phone is nothing more than a powerful Android phone and powerful Android phones are a dime a dozen.

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  • liveonc
    Will PSPPhone games be available & playable with other Android Smartphones? ;-) Sony doesn't like to share, does it? With so many busy cooking custom ROMs, either Sony is being "a jolly good fellow", or they're cooking something themselves...
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  • mman74
    ]Kevin, who's the
    parent company Sony Cop
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  • kscr7
    nintendo is still gonna dominate the handhelds
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  • thillntn
    A Sony product running Linux???? Loook out for those lowdown hackers!!! Lmao
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  • eddieroolz
    It would be very interesting, but they'll have to figure out several things.

    1. UMD compaitbility
    - PSP Go didn't take off because people didn't want to re-download the games they already owned.

    2. Update Cycle
    - Sony Ericsson is horrible with updates. X10, anyone?
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  • thillntn
    eddieroolzIt would be very interesting, but they'll have to figure out several things.1. UMD compaitbility- PSP Go didn't take off because people didn't want to re-download the games they already owned.2. Update Cycle- Sony Ericsson is horrible with updates. X10, anyone?I agree about the UMD support, but I doubt that will ever come back. They believe now in making customers re-purchase what they already own; as well as taking away features you paid for. As far as the firmware updates, that shouldn't be an issue(they have those down pat on the psp side ). If this thing sees the light of day it will be interesting to see if they support it regularly; that is a wide spread problem in the cell phone market. Iphones are updated regularly tho, due to those dirty jail breakers...(I am one of those too :) )
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  • guanyu210379
    Who cares about the UMDs if you are a jailbreaker...
    Will PSP hacking with softmod method also work with PSP-Phone? Like ChickhenMod? 'Or perhaps another softmod method will available... after phone rooting of course..LOL
    I don't think that Pandora box method will work with this phone...LOL.
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  • Griffolion
    eddieroolzIt would be very interesting, but they'll have to figure out several things.1. UMD compaitbility- PSP Go didn't take off because people didn't want to re-download the games they already owned.2. Update Cycle- Sony Ericsson is horrible with updates. X10, anyone?
    I think the UMD issue in the PSP Go was a product of the fact that the concept was a little ahead of its time. As the internet becomes more integrated into these devices and also becomes faster, people will have less of a problem in downloading their games (i know i won't). However they should never make someone re-purchase a game they already own. Perhaps they could figure out allowing digital downloads of games using some sort of code that you may find on the games UMD case (or something, just an idea).

    I have an X10, last SE phone i buy for a long time for the reason you gave in number 2. Android 2.1 in a world of 2.2 and soon to be 2.3? No thanks; SE either dropped the ball massively or are so arrogant as to think that their bloatware and clunky UI justified discontinuing the upgrade roadmap at 2.1 for all X10 devices.
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  • thillntn
    guanyu210379Who cares about the UMDs if you are a jailbreaker...Will PSP hacking with softmod method also work with PSP-Phone? Like ChickhenMod? 'Or perhaps another softmod method will available... after phone rooting of course..LOLI don't think that Pandora box method will work with this phone...LOL.The term jailbreak would apply to this device, since it is a phone. I have numerous umd movies and games, without the drive to copy them from to play from a memory stick most would be stuck downloading them illegally.....
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