PlayStation Phone caught on video

Tech blog Engadget posts video footage of the Sony Ericsson device, code-named Zeus; menu features option for PlayStation games.

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The past few months have seen numerous signs that a PlayStation Phone is in the offing. They have ranged from not-so-subtle hints from executives from both Sony and Sony Ericsson to leaked pictures purporting to be of the device.

Today, though, came the most convincing proof yet that the PlayStation Phone is in the works. Video footage obtained by Tech blog Engadget shows the device, code-named Zeus Z1, being put through some of its paces by an unknown user. The soundless video shows the phone as having a PSP Go-like sliding form factor that produces a panel bearing a D pad and the four iconic PlayStation buttons. Between them is a touchpad with two buttons that appear to approximate dual thumbsticks. Dual shoulder buttons can also be seen on the edge of the relatively thick device.

The video also shows the unseen user interacting with a touch-screen menu of the PlayStation Phone, which is running Google's Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" operating system. Besides Gmail, YouTube, and Google Search, the menu clearly has a "PlayStation" button for games that is shaped like a DualShock controller. Unfortunately, the video does not show any games being played, nor does it indicate which games might be available on the system.

Today's video comes just over two weeks after photos purporting to be of a PSP2 development kit were outed. Those photos showed a similar PSP Go-like form factor, albeit with robust, full-fledged thumbsticks.

Discussion

634 comments
tornado9632
tornado9632

wait is it the psp go because im just confused cause i dont know when is it going to come if it is the psp go then it came out if not then when is it going to come out

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Really like the idea of this, better than the psp2. Everything a normal smart phone can do, plus (hopefully) at least psp level games/graphics. An all in one device. Hoping Nintendo jumps on the smart phone bandwagon in a few yeears.

gcrono
gcrono

Can I use it to make a call??? how many who had posted "I'm dying to own this" already have a psp?? I really dont see the point to make this phone (if is real) by the way if the Xperia cost $300 dont expect this phone to be cheaper than that

WhiteSoxBud
WhiteSoxBud

i want this if it comes out for Tmobile

hyttenhoof
hyttenhoof

@whataguy69 newsflash for ya. the Iphone can play all the games an ipod touch can.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

Why didn't he press that Playstation app?

Ansgarr
Ansgarr

I will get this!!!!!!

mkdewidar
mkdewidar

if this is real i will definatly get this as my new phone

brian_2010
brian_2010

who wouldn't get this instead of an iphone?

Serious
Serious

I would have considered this if I didn't already own a Android x. But hey there always a market for a new phone. Really depends on the game.

whataguy69
whataguy69

Bad idea to add phone + handheld gaming device. It should be separate like ipod touch and iphone.

hasancakir
hasancakir

I'd like to see PSP2 instead of this :)

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

Well if sony really is making a psp2 phone, I hope they know what their doing, mobile is a COMPLETELY different market, besides, i think i speak for many when i say i dont need a psp phone, just means more spending :

Tylsamzx
Tylsamzx

@zeebenzene Sorry about the caps xD

zeebenzene
zeebenzene

@Tylsamzx This really isn't that great first of all, and second of all, it's not international caps day so there's no reason to use so many caps and repeat the same thing so many times. It just hurts to read. Just take this example: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/minor_differences I honestly have not been convinced that this isn't fake. I would hope sony would do a better job than this too. I also wouldn't like to have my portable gaming system be a phone. I like my stuff seperate. That is all.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

The reason why Nintendo currently dominates in the handheld market is because they understand the core audience. Portable games are essentially for the casual market which plays them when they're on the subway or waiting in line, ie. basically to kill time. There's no reason for hardcore games to exist on it when most hardcore gamers will prefer playing on an HDTV sitting on a couch. This is why Nintendo sees Apple as their biggest threat to gaming. People aren't going to pay $20-50 on a portable game when they barely play it and when it's much cheaper and easier to pay $1-2 for a casual game from Apple or Nintendo. I don't see a lot of developers making high quality games on the PSP no matter how superior the technology is compared to the others.

buying1999
buying1999

well since it's getting hammered my the little DS I guess they have to try and make the PSP relevant some how. LOL.

sbcosmicnut
sbcosmicnut

OK, all I saw was a generic android phone.... Did you notice how they didn't touch the game keys. Dd you notice that they never launched an app let alone play a game. Did you notice all they used was the touch screen and scrolled through the android menu. Did you notice how there was no customisation of android. This probably is a prototype phone but I doubt its a PSP. Once again I call foul on the Sony Ericsson branding. Sony make games and consoles, Sony Ericsson makes phones. Even if they put a phone into a PSP it would be a SONY product not a Sony Ericsson. Who remembers Nokia trying to get into the game market and how badly it failed. Companies like Sony spend a lot on branding, they wouldn't dilute their brands like this.

pphatmat
pphatmat

Wait a second... did anyone else see that Marcus PSP commercial were they said gaming shouldn't be on phones?

coylenintendo
coylenintendo

it looks nice until the control pad part comes out.. lol it just looks like a nice Android phone with a crappy Playstation add on so far. this video doesn't even show any games being played but I'll give credit to Sony if they can pull it off but I'm sure they'll charge Verizon or AT&T a ton of money to buy the phones and it'll cost us like $1000, even with a 2 year contract. and then the games will probably cost a lot too.

Albenuova
Albenuova

What Sony should do it that they should use the same marketing strategy that apple is using and release a psp2 touch and a psp2 phone so both devices can run the same games and look similar. That way they don't have to split the audience. They also should make sure that the graphic it supports is top notch. oh and maybe add actual analog sticks..

shanthjibu
shanthjibu

heard rumor that this psp phone does'nt play psp games....

sniper2k0
sniper2k0

The phone looks kinda ackward with the shoulder buttons sticking out...

Flint247
Flint247

I kid you not... I just had a dream about this last night. o.o (After I read this article for the first time)

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

I've always been about functionality over aesthetics, but... man, that thing is ugly! :(

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Certainly looks nice. But I wonder if the battery life will be horrible like the iPhone and Droid.

CurryMcFlurry
CurryMcFlurry

PSP 2 for games. Normal sized phone for social. The End.

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

Ehh, not for me. If Nintendo did it, that'd be pretty cool. But battery life, and ability to play full retail games is essential. If that's buggered up, Sony will never be able to live it down.

Tylsamzx
Tylsamzx

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GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Hope they don´t delay PSP 2 because of this.

shamarke
shamarke

I hope the speakers owns and the in-ears are bluetooth like sony ericsson Aino :)

MegaCrazyLord
MegaCrazyLord

Little late in reporting this but it's still a rumor and not made official if it is real.

deadknight27
deadknight27

this looks like a fantastic piece of kit can,t wait to own one and mess about with it

jdog8888888
jdog8888888

I see a lot of comments like "this is going to suck". I think this is brilliant. I have an Android phone that I love and plays a couple decent games. I would love an Android phone that plays ps2 like games. Now if only I can get service for less than $120 a month.... But that is a different story.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The success of this "new" (a modified PSP Go) device. Will be on how well it functions as a Phone. The playstation Phone is a bit late. To ever hope of catching the iphone.

auntbessie
auntbessie

The playstation aspect would be cool, looks like the phone is built on a similar platform to the Satio or Vivaz which weren't the greatest of phones imo so I hope they've improved on that part as from the current gen of touchscreen phones they were leagues behind the iPhone/HTC's that are out at the moment

Primo295
Primo295

I kinda believe this is fake but still LOL sony if it's real.

melty3219
melty3219

lol the PSP already sucks hard so why ruin it further by turning it into a crappy phone, especially one by sony ericsson. It will have unfixable manufactering faults with it and break within 3 months like all the other SE phones.

frodo10
frodo10

Looks too much like a psp did they even try

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Just what I never needed a PSP phone, just like I don't need the Xbox live phone either. What's next a PSP keychain? Watch maybe? Because I definitely want to do my gaming on the smallest possible screen.

Tseng
Tseng

This will probably be a smashing success. I mean, we all saw how well the N-Gage did, didn't we?

chripdg
chripdg

@equipepdg: I prefer to play a PSP GO

senjutsu
senjutsu

It's gonna be announced by december 9, official (check the link); http://http://techandgamingnews.blogspot.com/

Vkain
Vkain

I want to see him actually playing a game on it.