Rumor: "PSP Phone" Surfaces
Update: As it turns out, according to this article that Arnold found, this thing is real...kinda. It's just one of those weird Asian knockoffs, and it most certainly lacks approval from both Sony and Nintendo. The article even speculates that "Hurbo" is a bad attempt at "Turbo." We're not sure where you can even buy this thing, but it does seem to exist. It's just not the the much-rumored PSP Phone.
Ever since last year, rumors of a PSP phone have been traversing the Internet, and as of now, Sony has yet to confirm that any such product is on the way. However, in looking at this interesting little gadget from Hurbo, a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer, we might be able to say that the pseudo-PSP phone is here...provided it's not just another hoax.
According to TechRadar, this Hurbo A718 PSP phone features a two-way sliding pad (one way for the alphanumeric phone keys and the other way for gaming), a two megapixel camera, support for SD cards, and is actually very reminiscent of the PSP phone we've been hearing about. Now, as you can see, it has the PSP logo, but it doesn't appear as if Sony has endorsed this little gadget, even though "PSP emulation" is part of this diverse phone's abilities. On that same note - and this will appeal to all the old-school gamers out there - the phone should be able to emulate NES titles, too! Of course, none of this is confirmed so it might all be wishful thinking, but it could be worth looking into if it's the real deal.
We'll look around to see what we can find, but as of now, we're leaning towards hoax. A lot of this just sounds a little off the wall, but you never know... We'll update when we can confirm if it's real or fake.
5/13/2008 Ben Dutka