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PS3-Compatible Phone Coming October

Years ago, there was rumor that Sony was developing a mobile phone based on the PlayStation Portable. Naturally, the company shot all those hopes and dreams down, however Sony has provided two items that, if combined together in a mad scientist's laboratory, could yield the same result using the PSPgo and the Sony Aino.

CVG has received word that the latter device--the Sony Aino--is set for an October release in the UK, however currently there's no sign of if or when the phone will actually reach our shores. What makes this mobile phone unique--at least for gamers--is that it can connect directly to the PlayStation 3 console using the Remote Play feature designed for the PSP handheld.

Unfortunately, the Aino has it's limitations: don't expect it to play PlayStation 3 or older games. However, the big plus is that it can pull up media stored on the console's hard drive, including music, TV shows, movies, and pictures (but no HD movies). Owners can also take control of the console remotely and surf the Internet using the PlayStation's 3 browser from anywhere around the world (or rather, wherever you have a legit connection).

Earlier this year Sony revealed its plans to expand the PlayStation Network beyond the PlayStation 3 and PSP. Don't be surprised to see Aino-specific content to hit the service when the phone ships in the UK this October. Stay tuned and cross your fingers that Sony will announce a North American release soon.

  • Major7up
    Is this something that anyone wants? We already have an assortment of other phones and phone services...this seems unecessary.
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  • mactruck
    "Owners can also take control of the console remotely and surf the Internet using the PlayStation's 3 browser from anywhere around the world"

    I'm not sure how this is useful if you are required to use an internet connection to access your PS3 via Remote Play in the first place. I would love a way to bypass the ridiculous charges and caps mobile phone companies place on web access, but if I'm already at a wi-fi hotspot why would I want to add lag by surfing through my PS3's flaky browser?
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  • Cool! Now they just need to make it full of unnecessary features and make it overpriced.
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  • thackstonns
    Sweet now instead of whipping out a netbook, or a laptop, or a smartphone, people will be able to use a phone to hook up to thier ps3 remotely via wifi, to use the ps3 browser to surf the net. What a useless feature!!!!!!!!!
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  • pito
    People you are not seeing the big picture, ie; I use my PS3 as a media player on the TV, with the PSP via any wifi connection I'm able to access any video, music,and picture that is on the PS3(500 Gb) or in the external HD(1.5Tb) that is connected to my network. I already pay for a internet on the phone. It would be nice to access any of my media files using my phone, thru the PS3, using the remote play. For me it would be like having 2TB HD in my phone. :)
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  • iiraymoii
    Maybe Microsoft should make a phone that connects to your 360 that fondles your avatar. Everyone would treat it like the second coming lol.
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  • DeeTee_uk
    Um, why?
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  • Honis
    mactruck"Owners can also take control of the console remotely and surf the Internet using the PlayStation's 3 browser from anywhere around the world"I'm not sure how this is useful if you are required to use an internet connection to access your PS3 via Remote Play in the first place. I would love a way to bypass the ridiculous charges and caps mobile phone companies place on web access, but if I'm already at a wi-fi hotspot why would I want to add lag by surfing through my PS3's flaky browser?the PS3 web browser is far more capable of opening web pages when compared to any phone web browser. I'll take the lag if it means I don't get little red x's or simply a blank page when browsing.
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  • megamanx00
    So your using the phone to connect to your PS3 over the internet, so that you can use your PS3s browser to surf the internet, rather than just browsing directly from the phone. Yeah, that makes alot of sense.
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  • 'Owners can also take control of the console remotely and surf the Internet using the PlayStation's 3 browser' = it is called cloud computing
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