Is This The Sony PlayStation Phone?

Love your PSP, but can’t stand Apple fans gloating that their iPhone can play games and make phone calls? Well, if this Engadget photo is any indication, you’re about to share in the fun of long-term contracts, high monthly fees, and random text messages interrupting your gameplay!

According to Engadget:

…[W]e assure you, the picture above is in fact the PlayStation Phone you’ve long been waiting for. As we reported back in August, the device you see is headed into the market soon, likely boasting Android 3.0 (aka Gingerbread), along with a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform. … Looking almost identical to the mockup we hit you with this summer, the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it’s still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you’ll be interested to know that there’s no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards.

Speculation is that the PS Phone will hit stores next year, though Engadget mentions that a 2010 release is possible.

The PlayStation Phone [Engadget]

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  1. Alvis says:
    • Dunkelzahn says:

      Anyone care to quote this? I.. err… can’t load this page for some reason?

      • Alvis says:

        Images of an alleged Sony PSP phone surfaced online today, Sony confirms its official line

        **UPDATED**

        Earlier today NowGamer contacted Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for comment on the reported images of a PlayStation Phone.

        Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has since confirmed its official line on the rumoured phone as, “We do not comment on rumour and speculation.”

        However, NowGamer still understands that the images are indeed fake.

        The suspect images have come under criticism from a number of news sites. A closer look at the top screen in particular reveals a number of telltale signs, such as a large amount of dirt collecting around the screen, as well as mention of ‘A’ and ‘B’ buttons on the interface.

        The images supposedly show the ‘PlayStation Phone’ as having phone capabilities, PlayStation buttons, multi-touch thumbars and an onboard camera.

        NowGamer also contacted Sony Ericsson for a comment. A spokesperson also responded, “Sony Ericsson does not comment on rumour or speculation”.

        Check out the mock-up images here.

        Want to discuss this news piece with our massive gaming community? Head over to the NowGamer forums now.

    • ShyamasriPera2 says:

      Well, their rationale for declaring it a fake seems a bit.. weak?

      “However, NowGamer still understands that the images are indeed fake.

      The suspect images have come under criticism from a number of news sites. A closer look at the top screen in particular reveals a number of telltale signs, such as a large amount of dirt collecting around the screen, as well as mention of ‘A’ and ‘B’ buttons on the interface.”

      • Dunkelzahn says:

        Ehh, the dirt is enough for me. (I would hope) No corporation would ever allow photos to be taken of one of their devices with that much filth on it. Less attractive.

    • Destron says:

      The “official line” for all game companies is to deny everything until they are ready to talk about it. While I am not in any way saying that image is of the real thing, it’s pretty common for them to lie when things get leaked. Just look at the history of the game consoles. You can find all kinds of stuff that was flat out denied and later came to be truth.

    • MaytagRepairman says:

      Yeah, I thought it was fake. I was scratching my head when they said it likely was running Android. I can’t see Sony making a game phone on top of Android. I think they would just figure out how to add phone support to their current PSP platform. Kudos to them though if they did use Android.

    • oldtaku says:

      Uh, that could be correct, but those are mighty weak reasons. Sony denies everything as a matter of course. And ‘dirt collecting around the screen’? Fffft.

      • Dunkelzahn says:

        Dirt collecting around the screen is likely the most probable reason, since Sony, or any other company, would not show off any of their devices with dust and dirt collecting in the creases. They’d make sure that it was shined and polished and ‘sexy’.

        • oldtaku says:

          If this were intended for show, yes, I imagine it’d be quite pristine and shiny. But dev units are grungy as heck.

  2. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Gingerbread? Come on Android, you need to give us something better than gingerbread.

  3. GMFish says:

    If it’s true, it’s nice that Sony is not shoving their proprietary BS down our throats. About a decade ago Sony would have avoided Android and came up with their own crappy operating system and would have released another crappy, undersized, and overpriced memory card to go along with it.

  4. dolemite says:

    Something like this would make me step up to a smartphone. I don’t really care about texting or social networking. I just want web browsing, some useful apps and *gaming*.

    Maybe Microsoft will make a gaming phone.

  5. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    The PSP is an AWESOME little device, but Sony keeps dropping the ball, much like it did with BetaMax.

    The only updates they do serve only to cripple homebrew apps, the camera and GPS module are available only in japan, the use of the overpriced memorystick, and the lack of wireless n, or even g: Things that suck about PSP.

    That said, I still love my PSP.

  6. Macgyver says:

    Leave the PSP alone. Don’t make it a phone.
    These companies need to realize that not everything needs to be a phone.

  7. chiieddy says:

    If Google buys Sony… maybe

  8. Triterion says:

    “there’s no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards” YEAH RIGHT, fake fake fake. Sony would never do that. Every single thing they make is tied to the Memory Stick. I thought this could have been real until I read that.

  9. MercuryPDX says:

    You’ll know for sure when they don’t make any good games for it, just like the PSP.

  10. TuxedoCartman says:

    Awesome! I’ve been waiting for the newest model of the N-Gage!

  11. flarn2006 says:

    Ironic that Sony is using an open source OS in one of its devices, isn’t it?