Sony Ericsson exec drops more PlayStation Phone hints

CEO Bert Nordberg says "There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere."

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Since March, 2010 has percolated with speculation about a PlayStation-branded phone being in the works at Sony Ericsson. Today, the chief executive of the company, a joint venture between Sony and Swedish cell phone-maker Ericsson, dropped a major hint that such a product is in the pipeline.

Sony executives are dropping more hints a PlayStation Phone is in the works. Image credit: Engadget.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg responded to rumors of a PlayStation-branded phone thusly: "There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere. Sony has an extremely strong offering in the gaming market, and that's very interesting."

Nordberg's comments come less than a month after a series of purported PlayStation Phone photos surfaced. Unconfirmed reports had the device running games made for the Android mobile operating system but with a PSP Go-like control layout with the four iconic PlayStation buttons, start/select buttons, a D pad, and shoulder buttons. The device also appeared to have touchpad with two sensors where thumbsticks would normally be, and a touchpad on its rear.

Three weeks ago, another Sony executive also hinted that a PlayStation Phone was in the works. Speaking to analysts following Sony's most recent earnings report, Sony CFO Masaru Kato did hint that Sony is working on a product--or products--to tackle the burgeoning mobile gaming market.

"I cannot be specific as to how we will introduce [a] new product to address these markets, but one thing I can say is that we have those markets addressed, and we will come out with products and services to capture the broader [mobile] gaming market," Kato said.

Discussion

178 comments
k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

@Ultramarinus What, you're a dragon all of a sudden? All I'm saying is that there's almost no point in using all your heavy lifting off an iPod Touch when you have an iPhone, and no point in an iPhone when you have other great phones out there, considering a lot of budget Android phones are rolling in now. DAD.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

@k1ll8_saurav So you seem to be one of those people who think dragons live outside the borders of US. You should ask Apple what they were thinking when they priced their products like that. As for iPhone, I know how messed up it is since my brother is using one. He got into a fight with the phone company over a hugely bloated bill since iOS freaked out after a recent update and sent out/received huge data intermissions while he was asleep. The same update is also eating huge amounts of battery if 3G or Wi-Fi is activated so we have to shut that down if we want out battery to last from morning to evening. The batteries will wear down by next year and we'll have to re-purchase overpriced Apple technology again, by their strategy. I say no thanks and I saw for myself that a phone should be a separate product if possible. SON.

Ghost345
Ghost345

@k1ll8_saurav A friend of mine has a Windows phone and he enjoys it(and recommends them); and they don't seem too bad from what I've taken from it

Ghost345
Ghost345

@k1ll8_saurav well I have a sony ericsson now, which I don't mind at all I actually kind of like them, so that's another reason Im curious. When it comes to phones I have an odd attitude towards them.Some of the time I want the best and go all tech geekish and try to get something more expensive that has all the gadgets and high end stuff. The rest of the time I realize I don't ever use my phone enough in the first place to talk or browse. Kinda feels like a waste and I end up with a technology backlash and refuse to get anything "new and technologically savvy." But whatever I guess it's not that serious lol

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

@Ultramarinus Oh yeah, and what country would that be exactly. Australia? New Zealand? I live in this place called the US, and that's where I got my prices from. I'm sure Apple would've proportionated their prices from region to region. And phone UI clutter? How cluttered is iOS, which is what you iPod runs on by the way. How clumsy is Metro? Or RIM's Blackberry's? KID.

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

@Ghost345 Aw, c'mon, I didn't call you an idiot. I'm just saying, there's plenty more out there than this. But truth be told, even I'm interested to see how this works out. Best bet, wait and see how this turns out. And I'm sure all smartphones aren't THAT confusing. I mean, look at iPhone. Even babies can use that. So that means you should too.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

@k1ll8_saurav And you assume you live in the same country as me. Here iPhone 3GS starts from 1000$. I also have a cellphone and PSP that's not cluttered by phone UI and components. Get your facts straight before you talk down on anybody, 'kid'.

ManOfHorrer
ManOfHorrer

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Ghost345
Ghost345

I also have a tendency to destroy most things I come in contact with soooooo.......everything is a bad idea for me

Ghost345
Ghost345

@k1ll8_saurav yeah true but im an idiot. I guess it's more of keeping my options open and having an excuse(haven't upgraded in 2-3 years) than anything.Like wow I COULD buy this garbage because I haven't upgraded in forever and have the money to waste derpa derpa. In the end, I think I actually hate smart phones/most expensive forms of mass mobile electronic communications. I like to talk a big game but I'll probably keep the phone I have till it implodes into non existence. So yea, an IDIOT, thanks for the incite though

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

@Ghost345 There are plenty of nice smartphones out there. Windows Phone 7 supports XBL and I don't think you need a yearly subscription to play on that, since that would be illogical. Plus, there's Android. My opinion, don't bother waiting for this. It might have the same fate as the Go. Droid for Verizon, G2/myTouch for T-Mobile, EVO/Epic for Sprint, and Focus/Captivate for AT&T. Pick your weapon.

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

@Ultramarinus Hmm, you pay $229 for a new iPod Touch and iPhone 4 starting at $199. You're obviously not employed since you don't need a phone and refuse to pay for phone bills, which you should be able to, considering you can pay for the "overpriced garbage" called an iPod Touch. Oh, and btw, a decent PC will cost around $400, not $200. Get your facts straight kid.

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

Wow, first XBL on WP7 and now Android with PSN? Talk about stiff competition. Let's see who pulls it off better.

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

so the PSP phone is real, from what the guy said he almost confirmed it, just hope it will support UMD, it will be awesome for sure.

trd_matrix000
trd_matrix000

oh they will probably ruin it and go with the palm os like the infamous "clie" series... i guess it was the only thing at the time! anyways, good luck with a psp phone... they need to stop wasting time on this crap and start backlogging their psp games to DLC! my "go" is useless, and if they release the PSP2 in the same format, I may be hard pressed to buy one considering how bad i got shafted with the go. It would work if they would back log, and not let disney walk all over them!

Murj
Murj

I'd love to have one, partly because I need to upgrade from my age old Nokia anyway. It should be a lot better than the N-Gage but I'd need a hands on before I can say whether it'd definitely be awesome.

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

psp phone = n-gage = fail sorry but its going to be true

maverick_76
maverick_76

Well this could be cool, but only if the phone was done the right way. It would literally have to be a PSP that was also a phone, not some cheap knockoff of a PSP that also is a phone.

Emprrah
Emprrah

lol worm kid.. good isht! lol

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

Would be a bad, very bad move. I can pay for a handheld console a la iPod/PSP, but not overpriced garbage like iPhone that costs as much as a PC just because it had a cellphone embedded in it. Keep my handheld free of unnecessary stuff that requires me to pay sub to phone companies.

namdar
namdar

I have gone through several different Sony Ericsson phones and I must say I love their phones! This will probably do well!

Sulaymanqazi2
Sulaymanqazi2

@JohnnyWPSP they actually are! inst that cool!

Sulaymanqazi2
Sulaymanqazi2

so they are going to make a PSP2 PS4 and introducing the PS PHONE... i think thats really cool...keep up the good work sony!

noah10
noah10

Phones should be used as phones.Besides games are crappy on phones anyway.Just get a PSP.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

*Final Boss fight...One hit left...INCOMING CALL from MOM...Game Over*......

Ghost345
Ghost345

I may hold out on getting a new phone to see how this pans out. Hopefully it wont be a repackaged mylo, or crappy for that matter. I've needed to update for a couple years now and to wait longer only to be disappointed would be deplorable

GravityDs
GravityDs

I kinda dislike phones in general, kinda like not having to engage in pointless small talk, but this seems pretty interesting, might have to drop a bit of coin on this. If it's as hackable as the PSP, then you could quite possibly have a bit of fun with it, what with all the possible homebrew apps you could develop and use.

SprSynJn
SprSynJn

Whatever Sony does, I hope to God they do not use the Android OS. It will be one hundred times worse than using anything they develop.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

I hope it has hardware an OS strong enough to handle big enough games and not just the usual mobile games we've been accustomed to expect of the mobile gaming sector. And this serving as a phone would simply be a great by !!!

blakeney
blakeney

@StJimmy15 The only thing i remember about it, is seeing someone on the train embarrassingly pull it out to make a call, it looked like they were using one of those V-tec learning toys as a phone lol!!!

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@blakeney haha o my god, the n-gage. I remember that steaming pile. Blip on the radar of gaming but good memories.

blakeney
blakeney

@AJ2502 The thing that makes me laugh, is that sony will readily admit that they dont even intend on this "killing" iPhone.....or even get close in worldwide sales... People here chat so much hype and fantasys its unreal lol. I bet you're the person that went out and brought the N-gage too? I guess someone had too lol.......

Knutte79
Knutte79

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AJ2502
AJ2502

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JohnnyWPSP
JohnnyWPSP

I hope there is a seperate PSP 2 in the works.

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

@mumui10 LOL, it'll obviously have a touch screen like every other smartphone.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

@mumui10 . probably a touch screen would address that predicament.

mumui10
mumui10

So your telling me that its media and internet browsing is old school? and whose game developers would make a game in this? only a mini game!. and look does anyone of you like the way you type word on psp? i think in short word like name it can but if you are chatting using that buttons? oHH men its tiredy on the fingers you know. okay where do you want to chat or txt on a querty board or an x ,squre,o, triangle button?. Think. but of course i love sony nothing personal.

MontyPython4-r
MontyPython4-r

Next thing you know, they'll start giving out smartphones in Happy Meals. Srsly, the world needs less smartphones!

lilflex1
lilflex1

competitions the name of the game. nintendo has handhelds with cameras and apps so its not just microsoft and sony

weskeni20
weskeni20

@mumui10 Dont be such an ignorant HOW DA F*** will this be endangering the PSP2 dont be ridiculous dude this will be like a ipod/iphone competition just that this is focused on gaming Ipods are focused on Media and Internet Browsing

blakeney
blakeney

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blakeney
blakeney

@AJ2502 I cant find what i said to you dude? or remember actually leaving you any coments, maby you have linked to the wrong name?

ReaperZA
ReaperZA

Aesthetics are SHOCKING!

AJ2502
AJ2502

@blakeney im not saying it WILL im just saying it MIGHT if they do it well, so dont get all pissy at me im not making any direct accusations atm!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@TTDog I kind of give a 'rats arse'. Haha :p

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

i look forward to seeing the fruition of this idea... :D

InkyRed
InkyRed

if this was to come out w/ 3d capabilities..I'd definitely reconsider getting the 3DS...but i love those 1st party Nintendo games sooo much.

mumui10
mumui10

why are you doing this? there is playstation portable 2 coming now your making playstation phone? now what could be the difference about its graphics? maybe i should go to psp2 not on playstation phone wrong idea making it.