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The "Loch Ness Monster of consumer electronic devices" rears its head

Two new videos of the unannounced Sony Ericsson Playstation Phone, codenamed Zeus, have surfaced on YouTube.

A 15-second clip shows the Android 2.3-based device with a slide-out controller and touch-screen. A PlayStation app is selected, signifying a portal to a PlayStation-branded gaming experience. Tabs at the top of the app read "Recently Played" and "Recently Added".

In the longer clip, the device clearly shows that it is called "Zeus" and that it is running Android version "Gingerbread". The hardware bears the Sony Ericsson logo.

While the video clips look legit, The Wall Street Journal has called their authenticity into question, likening the PlayStation phone to "the Loch Ness Monster of consumer electronic devices."

does, however, believe that a Sony Ericsson smartphone with a slide-out videogame controller is, in fact, in development. "The phone is expected to run a version of Google Inc.’s Android operating system and the games will be downloaded through the device using an application on the phone," WSJ reports.

Furthermore, WSJ speculates of a possible unveiling at the Mobile World Congress in February -- an event that Sony Ericsson plans to make a lot of "noise" at.

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This makes all the sense in the world...
By Motoman on 12/6/2010 10:04:34 AM , Rating: 4
With the capability of mobile chipsets these days, it seems to me to be absurd that there isn't something like this on the market already...essentially, a smartphone with accomodations to play proper video games - namely, a D-Pad and action buttons.

Whether or not it plays actual PS titles...well, whatever. That's not important to me.

I do think it would be important to incorporate the remainder of a proper keyboard onto the device...seems to be no reason you couldn't do that and have a usable D-Pad and action buttons.

Anyway, with just those couple extra bits there's no reason a device can't do everything a smartphone does, everything a media player does, and everything a PSP does.

No brainer.

RE: This makes all the sense in the world...
By BigToque on 12/6/2010 11:21:20 AM , Rating: 2
What is the profit margin for handset makers? It's probably not that great, and (AKAIK) including a "D-Pad" on anything requires paying Nintendo royalties as they own the patent.

For consoles this isn't really an issue as the hardware makers have a huge and relatively steady stream of software sales. In the cell market, once the phone is sold, they're not making any money from software.

By Motoman on 12/6/2010 11:44:11 AM , Rating: 2
Royalty for a D-Pad? Don't think so...wads of devices from phones to .mp3 players to remote controls for stereo equipment have had D-pads for years.

Check out this photo of the original LG enV:

D-pad on the right side around the OK button. Put it on the left side, and add a couple action buttons. Done.

By Warwulf on 12/6/2010 10:34:59 AM , Rating: 4
Does anyone else sense the irony of Sony, a company which has since disallowed the use of Linux on the PlayStation 3, using a linux-based mobile OS (Android) on their PlayStation branded phone?

RE: Irony...?
By Golgatha on 12/6/2010 11:54:15 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Irony...?
By nangryo on 12/6/2010 9:19:02 PM , Rating: 2
The purpose of sony halting the use of linux in PS3 is because the security concern of piracy. Not that they will completely immune to it, but at least, with propietary media (bluray) and closed system, sony managed to closed piracy quite long enough. Although for now you can find ps3 pirated titles in the market.

had high hopes
By xkrakenx on 12/6/2010 9:38:52 AM , Rating: 2
when this first was rumored, I was hoping that it meant I could actually play PSP and PS1 games on an android phone. I still have hopes, but fading.

'playstation branded' keeps getting thrown around and that doesnt sound as cool as an actual PSP phone. sigh.

RE: had high hopes
By AmbroseAthan on 12/6/2010 10:17:08 AM , Rating: 2
You already can play PS1 games on the Android phones; there is a PS1 emulator that people seem to like in the Market. I already have SNES, NES, & Atari on my EVO ('OID versions from yongzh). If yongzh comes out with a Playstation one I will likely get that also.

I would assume a PSP phone would have the capability to play PSP games built in. Everything else outside of the last few consoles are covered in Emulators. Combining all of these options with the D-Pad/Action buttons would be great!

This may very well be real
By vectorm12 on 12/6/2010 2:53:43 PM , Rating: 2
I'm starting to think there have been enough photos now of the phone that it might be real. However I seriously doubt this would be the only venture into mobile gaming from Sony.

My way of thinking is that if Sony was gonna launch a Playstation Phone it wouldn't allow Sony/Ericsson branding on the device as Ericsson has nothing to do with Playstation on any level.

I believe this is a way for Sony to branch out into a market they have previously not been present which is mobilephone games.

I'm guessing it'll be marketed as a Smartphone with "Playstation Capabilities" but I'm sure we'll see a more traditional and hopefully even more capable successor to the PSP in the form of PSP2 as well.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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