While Sony has maintained its official stance towards the leaked PlayStation Phone by declining to either confirm or refute the claims that the PlayStation Phone does exist, by refusing to comment on “rumors and speculations,” a senior Sony executive has dropped some hints, and boy are they going to set your imagination racing towards some happy speculations? Barely a day after Sony announced a $50 price drop in the PSPGo, Engadget is reporting that a new, smartphone version of the PlayStation Portable is on its way.
According to the site, the device is already in the prototyping stage, and features some hefty hardware under its glossy frame. The PlayStation Phone will reportedly include a 1-GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and run the Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) OS. Based on the photos Engadget posted, the PlayStation Phone will have a sliding design, like the PSPGo, and use a long multitouch trackpad instead of the PSP’s analog disc. Curiously, while the supposed prototype has a Sony Ericsson logo, it doesn’t seem to have any PlayStation branding. Interestingly, while it will reportedly support microSD cards, Engadget said the PlayStation Phone won’t use Memory Sticks like previous PSP models.
However Engadget has been a very good reputation in the world of tech news, and the authenticity of the news as well as about the source – the source of all this are people who know about a near prjek technology in a particular company, so maybe just a picture of this Sony PlayStation Phone is totally real. Considering the original PlayStation Portable has only a 333MHz CPU and 32MB of memory, the PlayStation Phone’s specs would certainly quality as a “pretty powerful machine” by comparison. Of course, last May, CVG reported that the PSP2 would have a quad-core processor in the form of a scaled-down version of the PlayStation 3′s engine. Until Sony confirms these rumors, all we have is speculation.
Still from the news that we have quoted from the site Engadget, Engadget believes that this is one of the prototypes, and one of them there in the photos posted by Engadget in his story about this rumor. Its source also reported that the codename of this device is “Zeus,”.
In a recent interview on CNN, Sony’s senior vice president of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment of America Peter Dille seems to have said a few things and proponents of such a device will be happy to learn that they are optimistic. Dille stated that the main reason behind PSP’s failure is the lack of an always on connection. He said, “The PSP is a Wi-Fi device. People are used to having always-connected devices.” Explaining Sony’s vision of the PlayStation Network to be an always accessible entertainment centerpiece, he added, “I don’t think we fully realize that vision with a Wi-Fi device. If it’s not connected then it does sort of limit people.”
The Android-based gaming phone is still a prototype according to the report, so it’s unlikely to arrive before the holidays; we’d bet on a Q1 or Q2 2011 release.