[Thanks, NukeAssault! Via Engadget]
[Thanks, NukeAssault! Via Engadget]
If this phone is in the works, despite a breakdown between Sony and Sony Ericsson, could Sony be working on it alone? GameIndustry.biz state that Sony have previously confirmed that they are not working with Sony Ericsson on any such device. We'll be keeping our ear to the ground in case any new information becomes available.
For us gamers, this phone does nothing to attract us. It's going to take something really big to tug us away from keeping our PSPs in our pants.
[Thanks, xzentrico! Via Engadget]
Will the PSP Phone ever become reality? Chances are, yes. The real question is: when?
[Via Pocket Gamer]
Update: Our skepticism was right: looks like this was just a mock-up created by the magazine. Thanks to everyone that noticed this!
[Thanks, Jerome D.! Via MAXCONSOLE]
But this isn't the first time we've heard of the so-called PSP phone. So many rumors have rocked the web that we feel like it's not a question of it, but rather a question of when.
Skype service will be free for PSP-to-PSP and PSP-to-PC calls and vice versa. Additionally, users can register for a dedicated number for around $20 every three months for what should provide support for landline and cellphone calls. The software will more than likely be part of a future firmware update, and users will use an external microphone for communication.
At this point, we're not entirely sure why service is limited to the PSP-2000. Could there be some other hardware addition to the updated handheld that we didn't previously know about, or could this be a diabolical scheme to get us to upgrade our PSPs? Whatever the case may be, we know we certainly want to use this new technology that more or less answers the question whether Sony is interested in a PSPhone.
[Via Gamespot, Thanks for the tip, Jay!]
Too bad this isn't real -- but who knows? Maybe the kind folks at Ericsson are paying attention right now ...
[Thanks, Steve C.! Via Pocket-Lint]
"The PlayStation is a proven success and so is Sony Ericsson," said Jim Ryan, Sony Computer Entertainment's co-chief operating officer, in an interview with the Economic Times. "Convergence with the two arms working together is definitely plausible. It is hugely intellectually seductive to have a console oriented phone."
[Insert random N-Gage joke here.] "While the Cybershot and Walkman are better selling brands from the Sony fold, Playstation almost enjoys cult status ... [and the two] would make a strong success story for Sony," he added. At this point we'd appreciate less talk and more action out of the Sony camp. If you're going to do it, then do it.
[Update: Sony has denied this rumor. "Jim Ryan was misquoted in his interview and we do not have any plans at the moment for a PlayStation phone."]
Flint told the Financial Times the "technology behind such a device was still some way from being perfected." He also said, "We need to make sure that it is a credible phone and be sure we are justified in putting that identity on it."
That's actually a pretty good point. It's obvious the PS Phone would be Sony's third tier gaming platform, so how many people would really be interested in toting around yet another handheld gaming device? Wouldn't a VOIP service like the one in the works for Europe not only make more sense but also be cheaper on the wallet?
Of course, his wording caught the attention of the interviewer, who wanted to know more about what "until today" meant. The answer confirms a PS phone, but does so in a vague and a generally un-helpful way: "It's obviously something that we're looking at but right now I can't really comment. Before Christmas, certainly ... but exactly which Christmas I can't confirm!"
Well, it looks like we'll get our PS Phone Christmas
He adds, "I haven't heard anything about it at all – and I would know. They wouldn't develop it without our knowledge."
Of course, in the games industry, it's not uncommon for an executive to be kept out of the loop.
[Via Next Gen]
[Via Pocket Gamer]
David Reeves, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, said: "It is very exciting for us to be partnering with BT on such a unique project. The opportunity to combine our market leading expertise with BT's knowledge in communications opens up many possibilities and we look forward to bringing many exciting communication functions to PSP fans."
An American version has yet to be announced. However, a look into the PSP firmware reveals future plans for a Skype extension. We hope that VoIP will be made available soon for PSP users all over the world.
Pocket Gamer suggests that the PS Phone should resemble the sliding Sony w850i (pictured). When open, the phone will have the necessary keys for making phone calls. However, when closed, the device would resemble a PSP, and feature Sony's distinctive button layout.
The phone would also need impressive 3D capabilities. Nvidia, the graphics provider of PS3, has proven it can provide top-of-the-line graphics on phones, and we'd expect no less on the PS Phone. Connectivity with PSP and PS3 would be vital, and as such Bluetooth and wi-fi support would be necessary. Add music and video capabilities, and a camera, and this dream phone will have it all--and the pricetag to boot. (It would be in the astronomical range of Apple's iPhone.)