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Sony Ericsson to introduce PSP Go-like Android gaming phone?

psp2conceptartIt looks like a PlayStation-branded gaming phone is coming sooner than you think as the latest round of rumor suggest that Sony is already prepping for an Android device with PSP Go-like controls and PSP-like capabilities.

 

 

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It looks like a PlayStation-branded gaming phone is coming sooner than you think as the latest round of rumor suggest that Sony is already prepping for an Android device with PSP Go-like controls and PSP-like capabilities.

According to Engadget's source, which they describe as "trusted", Sony Ericsson is "actively and heavily developing" a brand new gaming device based on Google's mobile platform.

"The device is described as cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go -- in other words, it's a landscape slider with game controls in place of the typical QWERTY keyboard. The D-pad is here, but instead of the small joystick, the device will have what was described as a "long touch pad" for analog controls, along with standard PSP buttons and shoulder buttons. The phone has a large display, described as being between 3.7 and 4.1 inches with WVGA or better resolution, a 5 megapixel camera that we're told might not be final, and it'll likely have a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU on board. The phone is mostly black with some silver highlights, and the gamepad area is white / silver in color. Apparently it's currently branded as a Xperia device, but it looks like it will carry PlayStation branding as well. Those who've seen the phone say it looks "pretty damn sexy."

"On the software side, it looks like the device will be running Gingerbread (Android 3.0) with a phone-specific skin, and there will be a new area of the Android Market specifically for the games. That content will be initially accessible only by the halo device, but from the sounds of things, these titles might be made available to other Android phones if their specs and button layouts meet requirements. Games will be graphically in the range of PSX or PSP games, meaning true 3D gaming is headed to Android. Titles currently being shown off seem to be focused around some older PSX as well as new PSP offerings, with God of War, Modern Warfare, and Little Big Planet possibly on tap, and future plans for titles which incorporate augmented reality features."

The rumor also suggest that "the phone and ecosystem could be introduced as early of October of this year," but nothing is final yet. Stay tuned folks, this looks interesting.

 

 

Via [Engadget]

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