By now, you've probably heard about the PlayStation Phone from other sites, particularly the scoop broken by Engadget (where they claim the product has been confirmed through multiple, trusted sources, including people close to the project). While some might still argue for its mythical status, it's likely that there are some real truths about the upcoming smartphone and gaming machine combo.
Here are what's known (though unverified by Sony Ericsson) so far:
- That picture is of a testing prototype, running an early version of the software the device will use.
- It looks like a PSP Go and is codenamed "Zeus," with a slide-up landscape orientation that reveals the controls hidden right under.
- It runs Android 2.X (although, the general consensus is that it will likely ship with 3.0).
- The gaming controls feature direction buttons on the left, four control buttons on the right and even the standard Select and Start buttons.
- The outer frame shares some similarities with the Xperia X10.
- Google is collaborating closely with Sony for the product.
- Expected specs include a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and a microSD card slot.
Obviously, this story is just starting. Suffice to say, though, the photo makes a strong case for the actual existence of a PSP Phone, which is a logical next move for Sony's handheld gaming platform. If it does come to market with the ability to run both Android and PSP games, this could prove a strong and resounding entry back into the competitive smartphone market that Sony Ericsson has been struggling at.