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Sony: PSP is old, iPhone sucks, PlayStation phone might happen

Sony Computer Entertainment America marketing VP Peter Dille had a lot of interesting things to say at a recent private media event. Inflating the iPhone's weaknesses and saying the PSP is due for a change, Dille all but came out and said a PlayStation-branded phone was in the works.

During the event, Dille was reportedly asked about the rumored PlayStation phone, alleged photos of which popped up on Engadget this week. Although he wouldn't confirm or deny whether it was a legitimate leak, Dille did use the opportunity to talk about the PSP and its shortcomings.


Above: A supposedly leaked picture of a PlayStation phone prototype, running Android and using the PSP Go control set-up.

"The PSP is a Wi-Fi device. People are used to having always-connected devices" like mobile phones or iPads, Dille said. He lamented that the six-year-old PSP platform is dry and no longer attractive to younger gamers.

The discussion then turned to the iPhone, arguably exactly what Dille's talking about - an always-connected device that's also a game platform. But, according to Dille, it's not the best portable game machine out there.

The existing slate of iPhone games "are largely time-killers. Gamers aren't satisfied with that," opined Dille. In a follow-up interview with CNN, Dille said Sony's vision of an online gamer network that people are always tuned into, like the PlayStation Network, hasn't yet been realized. But that vision is still paving the way for Sony, and connecting a gaming device to a mobile network would do the trick, he said, in so many words.

When asked if a hypothetical PlayStation phone would run on Google's Android operating system, as has been reported, a Sony spokesperson told CNN, "We have relationships with Google." Why does everything always have to be such a tease?

And is a PlayStation phone even a good idea?

[Source: CNN]

Oct 28, 2010

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18 comments

  • reaperman22 - October 30, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    i hope its real and i hope its coming soon cause i want one
  • shyfonzie - October 29, 2010 6:24 a.m.

    If those Playstation 2 stories didn't remind you, Sony can get things right. It looks like they're learning a lot of lessons about an emerging market and where they can get their foot in. I think it's possible the Playstation Phone could be excellent.
  • EroticInvisibleMan - October 29, 2010 6:21 a.m.

    @jesse1066 Touch screen probably
  • shemhamforash - October 29, 2010 4:08 a.m.

    If PSP Go would've had an integrated phone feature it'd might've had selled some units. This hybrid thingie just plainly doesn't have a future. It's a crying shame that an excellent platform will die as a bolted-on curiosity in a cell phone that nobody will buy. :(
  • Jesse1066 - October 28, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    It has no analog stick. We want two analog sticks, and this has none! Also, how would you dial?
  • Shenlong4517 - October 28, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    PSPhone? Please.
  • DarkSpyroDragon - October 28, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    I'd buy this before I'd buy an iphone XD But Sony Ericson phones are the most craptacular phones ever made. My dad's died within 7 months and my friend's had no keypad buttons after a year because they cracked and fell off
  • CoryRX8 - October 28, 2010 8:41 p.m.

    No way I'd want something like this. I like convergence and all, but I think that they N-Gage proved to us that a kludgy, hacked together combination of game console and phone doesn't do either really well. Sony could eliminate the N-Gage's keypad, but I don't know that I'd want to put up with the bulk of a slider without getting an actual keyboard either. I'll stick with a regular smart phone and a separate portable game console, which also has a side benefit of having a separate battery. I'm OK with the PSP having mediocre battery life, but I'm not OK with gaming hardware killing my phone's battery.
  • ultimatepunchrod - October 28, 2010 7:52 p.m.

    this seems interesting. have to wait and see if it comes to fruition
  • BigWillis - October 28, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    "So we heard people were upset there was only one analog control stick. We listened and got rid of them altogether. Analog controls for 3D games are dumb, right?"
  • Felixthecat - October 28, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    Why are Sony even bothering to try and revive the PSP? They should give up and focus more on the PS3, or, y'know, a new console.
  • gaseoussnake - October 28, 2010 7:25 p.m.

    If my psp could make calls I would use the feature. Hopefully they won't cut game quality though. I'm interested to see where this goes.
  • GamesRadarIsAwesome - October 28, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    They could do something like Apple did with the iphone/ipod touch; have two separate, almost identical devices, one with phone and one without, however if it ran Android then the version without the phone would probably have to have a different OS.
  • Phazon117 - October 28, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    Seeing as this is Sony, this probably will flop unless it's really cheap. And it's Sony, so it will be hilariously overpriced. Stupid idea is stupid.
  • sixboxes - October 28, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    I reserve judgment on this until final specs and model are out. The idea has tons and tons of potential, but there's also lots of things Sony could screw up.
  • bluscorp - October 28, 2010 6:47 p.m.

    YES! It is a good idea, I'd love a PSPhone. But Sony have already kind of done PlayStation related phones before. There was the SE F305, which had two PS buttons(the cross & circle) and then there was the SE Aino, which you could remote play with the PS3.
  • lolwizards - October 28, 2010 6:45 p.m.

    If given the choice between a PSP2 and a Playstation Phone, I'd probably pick a PSP2. But if the latter were the only choice for the next 5 or so years, I'd be pretty content.
  • TylerWildesBloodAlcoholLevelIsTooDAMNHigh - October 28, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    I have no idea why a psp phone would exist, seriously who's this for? Am I the only who ever tried to make a phone call on an I-phone, it doesn't work well likely because there's too much else going on. No way a psp phone would work and no way anyone is dumping there old phone assuming it's 3 or 4G for a P-Phone, unless Japan hasn't quite tapped into the cell phone market and this could be the jump-off in which case it's brilliant.

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