The PlayStation Phone is real.
It’s seemed like such an obvious thing, for so long, that tech-heads have been expecting it for years. After all, with the iPhone proving that smartphones can also be powerful gaming devices, why wouldn’t Sony engage in some corporate synergy between its Ericsson and PlayStation divisions?
Thanks to Engadget, we now know that the dream of a PSP Phone is no dream at all — it’s real. The popular tech site got its hands on this leaked prototype PlayStation Phone, which could be both the long-awaited PSP2 and a smartphone in one device. Engadget reports that the prototype appears to be running Android 2.x, complete with its own app store for buying and downloading games. (The PSP Go, with its download-only games, must have been conceived as a bridge between the original PlayStation Portable and this PSP Phone.)
Its specs are a handsome step up from the PSP, since it uses a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor and has 512MB of onboard RAM, with a microSD expansion slot. (The iPhone 4 also uses a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM.) The PSP has only 333MHz processor with 32MB of RAM. The PSP Phone has a generous-sized screen along with the standard PlayStation buttons and D-pad, as well as the standard shoulder triggers. One of the most interesting features is something entirely new to gaming devices: that long silver strip you see between the two recognizable controllers is actually a multitouch trackpad that emulates the same basic functionality as a pair of thumb sticks.
Sony is internally referring to this product with the codename “Zeus.” That’s all that’s currently known about the device; we have no idea when to expect it or how much it will cost, but my guess is that it will be priced to compete with the iPhone, its obvious target competitor.