Sony executive hints at gaming phone

Following purported PlayStation Phone leak, CFO Masaru Kato says a "new product" will address the mobile gaming market.

Last week, one of the bigger stories was the purported leak of the PlayStation Phone. According to unconfirmed reports and convincing photos, the device would have buttons and a form factor reminiscent of the PSP Go and would reportedly play games based on the Android mobile-phone operating system.

Sony's CFO says that his company will address the light mobile gaming market. Image: Engadget

As it usually does with anything it deems "rumor and speculation," Sony declined to comment on the leaked photos. However, in a conference call following its latest 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 don't think we can discuss specific product or features at this conference call," he told analysts, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript. "Mobile gaming is a very important business area for us. We started out with the PSP that was our first mobile gaming console, but since then the market as you know has expanded into bigger arenas that gaming on mobile phones, gaming on tablets, gaming on and also certain mobile devices."

Kato continued, "The PSP being a proprietary platform was more concentrated I'd say core gaming segment rather than the light game [segment], but now we are addressing that market as well. 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 gaming market."

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blackalbino45
blackalbino45

That sounds "remarkably sufficient" Sony hahahah... Now if you'd just get on with the obvious and start putting games on the PSN this may actually work in your favor this time... Im hoping for the best sony, but sooo expecting the worst from you guys...

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

well if they can get the battery to last I'm all for this. My phone atm lasts a week of me texting on it, 5 or so hours of listening to music, maybe 3 hours of playing apps and the damn thing dies in like an hour of being on the internet. At that rate this thing better last like 3 weeks of me texting, and 3 hours online. that way it gets about 8 hours of gameplay out of it.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

interesting... i look forward to seeing fruitation of this...

StArDr1fTeR
StArDr1fTeR

As long as the PSP 2 comes out... they can do what they want. I'd get the phone just to say I owned one. I'm sure when you get a call the game will auto save and pause. If they plan to go through with this phone concept... they should make sure all the games respond in that way. Other than that... kind of excited.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

Nay to a gaming phone. I can't imagine the stress of receiving a call while a game is saving or something stupid like that. The android OS is great but is way too taxing on the processor and especially the battery so adding a full gaming function to it would probably be disastrous. Sometimes there's no need to consolidate two unrelated markets. Let's keep mobile gaming just that and cell phones just that. In other words, give us PSP 2 and not a network restricted mobile gaming phone. Odds are it would go to AT&T, quite possibly the worst cell provider in the nation (at least in my area).

yeebsey
yeebsey

anyone else remember the first gaming phone the nokia n-gage didnt really take off did it lol plus you had to talk in to the side of it making you look like a right tw@

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

PSP 2 gaming phone??;that sounds like a superb idea because there is no way Sony will ever be able to rival Nintendo in the handheld market but I think they could dominate the gaming phone market.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Man this should have happened a year ago. Got the original PSP, and while it was awesome, I grew bored of it. PSP Go should have been a gaming phone. It would have ruled and given Apple's iPhone a run for it's money.

icekids
icekids

i want BEER SONY ^_^

onuross88
onuross88

I don't want a gaming phone.Gimme the real PSP2

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

its quite clever having a gaming phone that way sony can attack iphone and WP7 as well as the DS clever marketing but i want a WP7 & 3DS

Kid_Black_Star
Kid_Black_Star

Hey Mom im talking to you on my PSP! no.. no not i Phone PSP I was playing some God Of War And you called during my epic battle with Cyclops. -___- see how lame this sounds PSP2 PLEASE!

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Agreed Android is a good OS. But a dedicated device just for playing games on it ??? I'm skeptical !!!

SprSynJn
SprSynJn

If this thing is real, it's a shame it is using Android instead of something more stable. I would have picked it up if it were an OS much like Sony's standard phones offered here in Japan.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

It would obviously be a touch phone, you'd dial on the screen. You'd only slide it out for games.

leeko_link
leeko_link

If this thing is a phone then where's the keypads, will it be dial through buttons or through the back touch thing or will it had a touch screen that allows you to use an internal touch keypad? Cuz if it's gonna be a phone too then it would very much appreciated that we know where to dial with it.

atopp399
atopp399

Will deveolopers have to make their games compatible with the buttons or will they be able to be used natively in any game? If devs have to specifically develop for this phone they will not bother which means the game pad part of it would be limited to Sony based games or games devs make compatible for the phone which isn't likely due to the most likely small userbase of the phone when compared to other phones.

ferrustaurus
ferrustaurus

I really want to play video games . . . I know i'll use my phone . . . depleted battery . . . cannot make calls . . . now can't play video games either crap . . . phone batteries cannot take the strain of multi-purposes. To make gaming the main focus, they should really just stick with fixing their hand held.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Are the analog sticks touch pads, now?

yearof3000
yearof3000

raphaelcoelho15@ If it is true!? What services will it be on!!!

hazeces
hazeces

They better make sure that battery last about 2 days, because I would sure be pist if I was playing for a few minutes, and then when I try making a call my phone just dies.

OmegaAK47
OmegaAK47

Yea Sony is working on sometype of mobile phone PSP, after that statement their giving the secrets away.

Ganzxel
Ganzxel

i hope it doesn't have a fail feature like - can't receive call while playing a game... that would be very dissapointed

osxgp
osxgp

The problem I see with this phone is the fact that it will cost a lot. I imagine that it won't be limited to one company like the iPhone; which will hopefully keep the cost down. Guess we will wait and see.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

They should also make a non-phone version if this is what PSP2 is going to be. I love Sony, I love my PSP, but there no chance I'm giving up my iphone... zombie apocalypse not-withstanding (even then i'll probably hang on to it as an mp3 player)

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

See, I said before Nintendo can easily beat up apple hard by converting 3DS into mobile phone. now Sony leaked and turned out they might be working on one. maybe finally I can end the war in my mind, I always think should i buy DS or PSP, and I have been saying that for many years. now maybe I can get 3ds and psp as a phone.

kevin8se7en
kevin8se7en

Sony android phones suck, and i'm not a fan of the PSP because I hate the joystick, so this is about as interesting as watching paint dry, for me.

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

as long as they have psp2 for the "core gaming segment" i am fine.

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

From my understanding this won't be a PSP2 platform. For them to make a phone it would have to be based on the PSPGo then charge $500 as it would contain at least 32GB. I woudn't want one as the PSP2 is coming and my EVO already sucks the batteries dry.

ThePerro
ThePerro

Eh, this does not need to exist.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

well i know ill buy 1, ive been needing a new phone anyway, an this is lookin realy cool, so ill wait for this!

y0ur_grandma
y0ur_grandma

if this really is better than PSP then I'm buying it. A phone and gaming combined would be great.

raphaelcoelho15
raphaelcoelho15

Good idea, join a PSP with a mobile phone, because it's too hard to walk on the streets with the two in your bag or pocket and certainly that will have better games than iPhone. The idea is good but, Sony has to think carefully about it, like keeping the quality of the games that PSP has in the Playstation Phone, the battery, the memory capacity, the apps, the Wi-Fi and 3G, exclusive games like God of War, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo. The other thing is that Sony must keep selling PSPs even when the Playstation Phone come in. And then, that will be nice. If there's anther thing that i forgot, please tell me !!

prioritymail
prioritymail

I'd buy a PSP phone. That device could be my end all be all for mobile entertainment (Sorry for sounding corny as hell) PSP married with Android gives me hope for so much more than just a PSP that can just make phone calls. Of course, it better have a second analog stick or I'm not buying

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

It will be a Android PSP phone for casual gamers and a PSP2 for core gamers. Two different markets.

EliteGamer09
EliteGamer09

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SkyCyborg
SkyCyborg

Who the hell want's a phone and gaming console in one? How are they gonna address the battery issues? I mean it's a mobile phone and a freaking console...

Waranabatokwa
Waranabatokwa

i'd rather buy the psp2.. @aGiantSquirrel don't worry, from what i read from other sources, psp phone is different from the psp2..

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

this thing looks cool, the problem is it has to be as good or better than an iphone. I am not apple fan boy, FAR from it. I own ONE apple product. An iphone. I got it because it was the best phone on the market (in japan there are basically ZERO smart phones...) The iphone is great. I can use the interent at the touch of a button. its fast. I have 32gb of my favorite music. the touch screen works well. and its about the largest, heavist thing I would put in my pocket. If the psp phone is bigger or heavier. no way. if it cant hold 64gb. no way. they have big shoes to fill. no so much in Japan, but in the USA smart phones are HUGE and there are tons of competitors.

azn_elf
azn_elf

Sony, read my lips: PSP 2.

yeager1
yeager1

I just hope the phone service will be decent unlike iPhone's AT&T exclusive network. Sprint and Verison are decent services but pricey compared to say...Virgin mobile. If Sony wants this to sell, they will give the phone/PSP LOTS of networks to choose from. Don't make the same mistake Apple did with the iPhone, Sony.

aislingkerrigan
aislingkerrigan

"and would reportedly play games based on the Android mobile-phone operating system." Does this mean it will be using the Android OS? If it's going to be an entirely new OS, new app marketplace, etc than I'm not interested. IMO we don't need more OSs. If they can find a way to integrate the Sony PSPgo-esque marketplace and gaming functionality onto an Android handset, than I'm interested. I just bought a Droid X but I'll definitely consider a PSP phone in 2 years. But I'd prefer to stick with Android handsets.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@voice83 Nice point with the cars analogy. You can't make everyone happy and when you try to you just end up making no body happy and leaving a bunch of people that only kinda care.

ag_04
ag_04

If the phone has the same (or better) capabilities of psp then great. If it just runs crappy games then no thx.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

NO not more casual crap. We don't need and iPhone clone. Unless they will be making real games not the $.99 crap that floods iPhones and the internet I don't care. I probably wouldn't get this anyways, but I don't see this doing well. Something like this is really hard to get going. The iPhones sucess comes from the iPod's sucess just as the iPad comes from the iTouch/Phone. If they just released one of those devices without the previous then people wouldn't cath on as well. Though all of it is still over priced by Apple.

Tylsamzx
Tylsamzx

I can get a new phone at the start of the new year, because my contract will end. So, if Sony is gonna release this phone, announce it and I'll wait for it ! (: