PSP phone, new Sony iPad competitor due this year - Report

Wall Street Journal says Japanese giant plans to launch mobile devices that play gaming handheld's wares, multifunctional tablet in 2010.

Shortly after Sony officially announced the PSP Go at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, reports surfaced that the electronics maker was already working on a follow-up to the handheld device. According to a report out of Japanese business newspaper Nikkei in June, Sony began assembling a product-development team tasked with combining the PSP's game-playing functionality with Sony Ericsson's mobile phone technology to better compete against Apple's iPhone.

The PSP Go may shortly no longer be the new kid in town.

Following on from that initial report, the Wall Street Journal claims knowledge that Sony is readying a whole line of new handhelds, including smart phones capable of downloading and playing PSP games. Sources tell the WSJ that Sony is also prepping a multifunctional iPad competitor that combines the capabilities of a netbook, the Sony Reader, and the PSP.

Both products are expected to launch sometime in 2010, the WSJ reports. However, many details, including pricing and specific features of the devices, have reportedly yet to be nailed down.

As previously reported, the new devices are intended to combat Apple's dominance of the portable market. The WSJ notes that Sony intends to have the new devices integrate with its iTunes competitor, currently called Sony Online Services, which is expected to launch later this month. Sony promises it will deliver content to a wide array of devices, including PlayStation 3s, PSPs, PCs, and Internet-enabled HDTVs and Blu-Ray players.

Sources also tell the WSJ that the new devices are central to Sony's turnaround plan, an initiative the Japanese giant began in earnest by cutting some 16,000 jobs in December 2008. It also comes as Sony struggles in the mobile market. Sony Ericsson cell phone shipments fell 41 percent in 2009, the WSJ notes.

The publisher also drastically cut its PSP shipment expectations from 15 million to 10 million for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2009, as part of its earnings report last month. The decline comes despite Sony's attempt to carve out a larger share of the handheld gaming market with the launch of the UMD-less PSP Go for $250 in October.

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259 comments
xophaser
xophaser

bring it on, I just got a netbook over the ipad. I liked the ipad, but thought it was too much with the scale down features, maybe next generation. But I would like to see what sony have up it sleeve, maybe i'll get that.

treepop99
treepop99

I think this is a great idea. No YUPI wants to walk around with a psp or ds, but a sony phone that ALSO plays games would be nice!....especially if those games could be played on their big screen. This combined with Sony reportedly getting Dreamcast and Playstation 2 games will make this a no brainer purchase for me!

jpr60231
jpr60231

wtf sony i just got a psp go and now a psp phone i got a ps3 then the slim cam out just like with my playstation 2

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

wow...this will suck, why buy PSP games for your phone when you can get an iphone, and games for like 20x less in price

Trogeton
Trogeton

wow..this is great..the only developer competing in areas other than computer and video game areas

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

May i ask what is the point games consoles should stay as game consoles if sony wish to compete with Apple just make a frigging better phone it wont be hard there is no need to bring the psp into it look at the n-gage a gaming console and phone put together and look how well that did... Make the psp2 just as a game console better graphics MORE GAMES!! or even better make the PSP you have brought out better bring out better games that have gameplay with the ps3 like assassins creed hmm

mr_snickerz
mr_snickerz

This is one of the reasons i don't like sony. their products are great, but they come out with to many products, to quickly. i hate it when you spend all your money on the newest thing, only to have it outdated months later.

winnazdaluza
winnazdaluza

the big prob with sony is that they have alot of money and some rather highly untalented fellow running some very poor business strats.I tried buying a psp earlier this year , but couldnt bring myself to do so coz their few if any awesoem games for it, amny have very low scores and are unispiring.They released the go which does not use umd's--big fail on that people like to own their gamming material.(and turn it in if it sucks).No second analog stick for it, another big fail. I am so scared their tryign this out coz it's ACTUALLY a good idea, but seeing their track record they might botch this one up too, kinda sad.When i get time i wll make some urgent suggestions to this great idea, on their official forum board hopefully they will listen to their customers this time round.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

if they are making the supposedly whoel NEW line of portables why not the PSP2 with a bit better graphics than the psp ahh . . . . whatever sony do what u want . . . . . psp2 its a dream we shall see the psp 3500 and the psp 4000 so it seems :(

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

I'm not a big fan of Sony, but I don't like Apple at all. I hope we finally see the iPhone killer.

snarl2
snarl2

If they make the PSP-go have phone capabilities, but still runs like a PSP, I will so get this!!! No matter the price! I've been waiting for them to do this for a long time! Sony is finally starting to get some good ideas for their PSP!!!

fleshimp91
fleshimp91

Sony must really know who to target in this if they want to get in on the action. The PSN is already an awesome place for PS1 games and little games like those PSP Minis. If they can at least reduce some of the prices on some of their best-selling games in the PSN Store when their new product comes out, it would be awesome.

DeMoN_SouL_666
DeMoN_SouL_666

YESSS!!! that's what I've been saying all along!

Chickan_117
Chickan_117

Hopefully they remember all the other stuff like Exchange integreation, web browsing, etc. that help the iPhone sell. Oh yeah, I mean the fact that they do it easily and make it a sinch to use...almost all phones do it nowadays, just not well :)

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

If it does what they say it will, this will be the phone all the gamers get. I am sure the Iphone will sell better (Macheads are sheep, I am sorry, but its true.) Anyways, I am cuatiously optimistic. With the amount of support the Iphone has recieved, it will be no small task for them. Either way, I am excited to see how this turns out.

Alan1187
Alan1187

I'm still just waiting for the Go to go down in price. I wouldn't mind being able to play PS1 classics while on the move, but not at the price they're asking. Perhaps if the new PSP is on the Verizon network (doubtful though) I'd consider getting that as it would hopefully be coming out when I am up for a new phone.

qpitty
qpitty

Everyone saw this coming. eventually he psp was going to get phone capabilities or the ericssons would be able to play psn games. its not surprising.

Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

i didnt even want the psp go so no way im going to get this unless its less then $100 which we all know thats not going to happen

firebladedx
firebladedx

I love the idea....but not Sony's release prices... Im guessing $400-500 at least considering the price of the iPhone, Sony PS3 and PSPgo. Maybe will buy one in 2 years second hand for like $390-490 >.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

What mostly attracts people to iPhone, Android, and soon Windows Phone 7 Series [maybe]? -- If Sony wants to compete, they have to have multi-touch and a huge library of apps. Luckily, the games will be part of that apps catalog. Also; Sony "conveniently" launched PSP minis which brings in a catalog of $1-5 games that are perfect competition to the iPhone apps (or perfect way to allow ports of iPhone games). Sony definitely has the resources to launch an attack on Apple. I'm not sure how well the phone would sell if it had to pack analog stick(s), triggers, and other gaming buttons. I suppose if the dialing and keyboard are virtual (on the screen) and the game controls slide out (like a QWERTY) it could work. I'm interested to see if this is announced. I've been expecting to hear about PSP2 this year, but not until E3. I'm curious if this will all be an extension of the 2004 PSP platform or if it will be something more... _

jasper061992
jasper061992

Every single year since 2007 we've been getting PSP updates nonstop. Madness!! Anyways, I hope this succeeds, it would definitely justify the absurd price of the PSP Go when a phone is bolted ontop of it.

falconclan
falconclan

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SLRMC93
SLRMC93

/facepalm This is just how the go started out everybody thought it would be the superior handheld system and then well how can I say this, oh! It sucked!.....$244.99 that number still makes me laugh

JacksonsGames
JacksonsGames

This is quite amazing. Sony is staying ahead of the game. I also wouldn't doubt Nintendo making something very similar. For marketing purposes. I cannot anticipate how great it would be if Sony releases such a machine.

hadhuken
hadhuken

good idea.a ds phone and a xbox portable phone doesnt sound like a bad idea either

3wass
3wass

hope its not another bad idea from sony

infamous_legend
infamous_legend

SONY PSP phone. Well now i have seen it all. Still i think it's going to be a little bit expensive, right?

Clive-Owen
Clive-Owen

sony plzzz stop this stupid self-censorship and self-restriction! make a psp phone and it will sell like heaven!

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

Please. The PSP Go was a TERRIBLE idea. how many iterations of the damn thing are they going to make? how many times do they expect current PSP owners to upgrade? The frequency of new releases of PSP hardware is mind boggling. it outdoes even the Ipod Nano! The DS is not much better. I own a lite. It is falling apart. but I am still hesitant to upgrade, because it would suck if something else comes out 3 months later with new features that I can't use. STOP THE HARDWARE UPGRADES! (with consoles, it is generally hardware downgrades: ie removing backwards compatibility, taking out the firewire on the PS2, but that is okay, as it make the console CHEAPER!)

DeathLinked
DeathLinked

and plus it will be a nice change to everyone buying everything that has an ''i'' infont of it.

DeathLinked
DeathLinked

Well aslong as it can play UMD's i have one word... SOLD!

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

Well i guess a Sony phone that can at least play near PSP-quality games would be more useful than an oversized iCrap.

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

This is interesting, but too late! 1. It's going to cost more than the IPhone at first and the IPhone now includes better tech 2. Later it will be cheap as they EMU the OLD PSP tech 3. The touch screen won't be used in games 4. How big will this thing be?

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

So... does this mean their next PSP is going to have a smaller screen than the PSP Go? PSP screens shrinking, DS screens enlarging... what the hell is going on here? :o

wiidominance
wiidominance

I've got the HTC HD2 , if configured properly it can play PS1 games, and if configured properly "its a windows phone ..so " it can last around 10 hours of good use .

FiFa_kirikiki
FiFa_kirikiki

This is interesting, but I've heard a dozen times, that the iPhone battery doesn't last longer; (personal experience) the battery of a PSP doesn't last too much either, soo...how are you suppose to combine a smartphone with a gaming handheld which by the results I can, at least have 8 - 10 hours of usual use. Can you make that Sony? The meaning of handheld or a phone could be, take it wherever you are or may be, why would I like to have something in my pocket that I can't use so the battery can last the hours I need, in case of an emergency. Apple couldn't make that, can you Sony?

ferraro007
ferraro007

I just got the PSP Go now what!!!

Teengamer94
Teengamer94

This could be good or bad. The good being that if this phone only supports a digital library, it could cause more games to come out on the PSN & boost PSPgo sales. However, if the PSPhone(OR whatever) comes out with dual analog sticks & sales surpass the PSP and PSPgo it could cause major game companies to start making dual-analog games only. Or, it could just sit on store shelves.

madSomnambulist
madSomnambulist

Holy... yes, please! Apple's biggest plus is iTunes and the app store since iPhones themselves really aren't that high-end in terms of being an actual phone. If Sony can walk in, offer high-quality phone components and still magically have it able to run PSP titles? Screw the app store's murdered big-name titles for $10 if Sony can offer games for an actual games console for $20-25ish. The $1-5 apps are basically just a matter of waiting to be developed and there's no reason those won't come... especially depending on OS. The PSP is absolutely huge in Japan and I think a lot of people will bite on this. The key is making the phone part above-average vs just tolerable.

webdoom
webdoom

interesting.. see where this goes

terafumos
terafumos

"It will fail.. Stop putting hope.. where there is none.. " I don't want Sony to fail, but I think the quote above is reasonable.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Honestly, this is what the PSP should have been right out of the gate. If the "PSP cell/pad" allows for open game development like Android, Sony will have win me back as a consumer.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

i look forward to this... might have to hold out on buying an IPhone now. LoL.. we'll see...

xincubuzzx
xincubuzzx

this is way better then an iphone

USMC575
USMC575

great.....if they don't put in the second joystick, there not getting my money

metalkid9
metalkid9

I'd definitely get a PSP phone over IPhone any day. I just gotta wait and compare it to the Live phone first.