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Sony Won't Confirm PlayStation Phone, But Drop Hints...

Might the PlayStation Phone be really, really real? Well, Sony is mum on the subject but SCEA senior vice-president of marketing, Peter Dille, told CNN that the PSP needs to adapt.

Basically, Dille focused on the fact that the PSP isn't "always on;" i.e., it isn't always connected to the Internet...unlike a smartphone and a cellular data network. "The PSP is a Wi-Fi device," said Dille. "People are used to having always-connected devices." He went on to say that the PSP can't "fully realize" the "always-connected vision" as a Wi-Fi device: "If it's not connected then it does sort of limit people." Okay, well, that sounds an awful lot like a phone of some sort. At the same time, Sony understands the PSP is a gaming device, which means a PlayStation Phone would have to be a very different animal.

While smartphones do have games, Dille says those are "largely time-killers" for the owners, and "gamers aren't satisfied with that." No, no they're not. Obviously, Dille wouldn't say anything one way or the other about the rumored PS Phone - all Sony execs abide by their own rules, "we don't comment on rumor and speculation" and "we don't announce anything until there's something to announce" - but his comments are kinda interesting, don't you think?

But with the PSP2 coming soon, is there room in the market for both the new PSP and the PS Phone? Perhaps if they're catering to two different audiences, the Phone won't have to be so game-oriented...

Tags: psp, playstation phone, psp go, psp2

10/30/2010 10:42:02 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (41 posts)

Temjin001
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:00:21 AM
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Until phones like these don't require a over $100 a month service fee, I'm not interested.

$100!

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jlch777
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:38:25 AM

That is why i don't have an iphone!

Cant wait for the PSP2!

Last edited by jlch777 on 10/30/2010 11:39:06 AM

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ABUrabad
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 12:05:44 PM

In my country u can connect to a 3g+ network only for 30$ without any limits ,nice right?
about this new phone I think its so real but still its not the new PSP2 maybe its like xperia 10 with compatibility to run the usual PSP games we are playing now,and actually I dont mind having my PSP to be capable of making phone calls

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sobleck
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 3:22:18 PM

Wow in the UK it cost £5 for an unlimited 3G bundle.

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Beamboom
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:58:50 PM

In Norway too 3g comes more or less "for free" as part of a regular phone deal. So... I want one too!

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Steel
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:00:22 AM
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I want it so bad...

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Steel
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:00:52 AM
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yeah tem, I hear ya bro. I cant justify a HUGE service fee just to have it :(

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:07:50 AM
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There is no way that thing is a psp product becuase they don't have any anologue sticks. And with the psp go as an example we all know they can fit anologue sticks into a small package

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rossinator_99
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:47:48 AM

those 2 black dots in that oval field are the analog sticks. think of it like touch-screen controls, and notice there are 2 of them this time. unless I'm totally wrong.

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FlyingKickPunch
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 4:06:16 PM

NATTY ICE!!

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 7:53:04 PM

touch anologue sticks would suck big time, I mean if anyone has played a game on an iphone or ipod touch that has a touch anologue stick on the screen knows that they don't work worth a damn

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White_Mocha
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 9:02:16 PM

But maybe Sony is busy working on that ya know? they didn't release the Move until they had it just right.

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LightShow
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:47:32 AM
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$100 a month??

i can get iphone service for $69 over here in KC...

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 7:53:41 PM

would that be kansas city?

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LightShow
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 8:12:44 AM

indeed, Kansas City. more accurately one of the outlying suburbs but i believe the price for AT&T service is homogeneous throughout.

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BTNwarrior
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 7:44:24 PM

small world

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Alienange
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:54:38 AM
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It's encouraging to see that Dille knows the difference between real games and iPhone "time killers."

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t4_robz
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:59:53 AM
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phones in general are so overpriced and such a waste of money. telephone companies are charging all of us $40, $50, $60+ a month for such a simple service... its a crime!

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Qubex
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 12:10:05 PM
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I just see Sony running scared because if the huge in roads Apple are making into the gaming scene with the iPhone and iPad platforms... the game is changing rapidly...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 12:51:34 PM

Yeah, Angry Birds is totally comparable to Ghost of Sparta. Sony should be worried....


/sarcasm

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Qubex
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:12:19 PM

Bandit, it doesn't matter how good or bad Angry Birds is, and you've missed the point I am making...

The issue is that Sony, at a corporate level, has seen how rapidly the gaming landscape is changing, and how statistically, most people will own some form of smart phone in the future, with the ability to play games... and very good games at that.

Trust me on this, Ghost of Sparta, whilst excellent, will be equaled on smart phones in the future, it is just time and natural evolution that gaming phones will become similarly powerful as dedicated handhelds platforms.

Gaming phones may never reach PSP2 levels, an HD gaming platform that is rumoured to be as powerful as the 360, but they will give the old PSP a run for its money anyway.

Sony understands they cannot stand idly by and let Apple, Samsung and Windows run away with the market. I am sure Sony have also been interested to see how M$ have integrated Live into Windows 7 phones... and I can BET YOU NOW, they will follow suite with the PSP phone. Its highly probably they will integrate Sony services too, which is a direct copy of what M$ has done with their phone service.

So I think this PSP phone is a knee-jerk "reaction" to what is happening to the market by Sony, rather than a "pro-active" one... again, if just look at the games being sold via iTunes and other platforms... Sony could not ignore this, especially after M$ is pushing gaming hard on smart phones as well... If Sony was not challenged we would not see PSP phone, we would see a PSP2 and a PS4 (down the line), but not a phone. I think Sony's had has been forced... and they are "reacting" to the market shifts.

Also note PSP sales continue to decline as well... rumor talk of PSP2 and now this funny looking phone have not helped.

Rather than being sarcastic, write a comment that I or others can learn from. I feel that would be a better waste of time.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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StangMan80
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 1:12:45 PM
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right now all I want is the PSP2 but a PS phone would be kinda cool. I would like everything the PSP(2) delivers and also be used as a phone now that would be cool, but I don't think the tech is there yet.

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city96
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 1:51:21 PM
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Why not a original PSP(Sexy) with 3G and obviously no UMD = better battery. WIN!!

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mike rlz
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 2:42:25 PM
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lol no way. as it is the battery life on smartphones arent stellar. a gaming smartphone? hope you have a long charging cable lol

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Pandacastro
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 2:51:18 PM
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If the phone has trophies then I may be interested.

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Beamboom
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 1:01:30 PM

How can "trophies" possibly mean that much? How can it mean anything at all, really...

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FlyingKickPunch
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 4:07:35 PM
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At least they wouldn't have to change the acronym.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 4:16:34 PM
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No. While it would be nice to be able to play through a 3G connection whenever I want... I barely use my phone as it is, and see no reason to spend $50-100/month just to play games. I think I'll stick with the PSP2.
Peace.

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Reccaman18
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 4:19:25 PM
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Eh, my Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is all I need now. I'd rather have the PSP2 When it comes out.

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trip77
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 6:14:10 PM
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Its obviously a fake! it looks like someone has taken a photo of an android phone screen, and transplanted it onto a psp go photo, then added some little effects

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RebelJD
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 7:09:58 PM
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I like the idea of a PSP2 and PSP Phone existing at the same time. Originally the Playstation Mini games were created for the soul of the PSP Go. Unfortunately that didn't fly so well and we totally forgot the purpose of the minis and we shunned them for being "crappy" while playing them on our PS3s.

They're going to have to sell that format to people who want a PSP Phone. They need to some how make Minis a must try/have product and upgrade them to compete along side console games.

The Playstation Network is an awesome tool. If they can bring that experience to a phone, with demos, media/movies/tv shows/music, minis/games/playstation licensed games, etc. Then it can be a true gem.

PSP2 can simply be the next generation in hand-held gaming. Where the games are just as amazing as those on the PS3 and play just as well with dual analog sticks included.

The 3DS isn't a DS, just like the DS wasn't a Gameboy Advance, just like the GBA wasn't a Gameboy.

PSP2 isn't the PSP all over again. It's going to have to deliver a better cartridge or, why not, a mini Blu-Ray disc to play games AND movies. The PSP was PS1 PS2 crafted. It's about time we have the PSP2 be crafted out of the PS3.

This can be awesome. I'd get both.

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dead_prince
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 8:55:39 PM
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dude it's happening first the phone then sony hybrid sports car then a space shuttlel and then........................................the DeathStar u heard it first from me

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Deathstriker
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:22:44 PM
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Too STATE I have sprint and I pay $75 a month... If Sony was to make a PSPhone that will use the PSP yet has a phone built in... DONT COMPLAIN... If they make a Phone with PSP cab. without exceeding what we already have

**Where you HAVE to have the PSPhone to play for only that device

I think it's a good move.... Cause I am

100000000000000000%%%% sure Alot of people have a PSP and enjoy gaming, yet they don't take it with them BECAUSE it's a extra device.

When you got two in one...

Windows 7 phone = bodied
Droid = bodied
Igay I mean Iphone = bodied

Yes??

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___________
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:17:29 AM
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your a idiot mate, go play N.O.V.A than tell me thats a time killer!
that seriously made me redecorate my pants, i mean never has a game impressed me that much!
better than any PSP game i have ever played, hell better than allot of ps3 games i have ever played!

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sawao_yamanaka
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:27:28 AM

Then I guess you don't own a ps3 then. N.O.V.A. is an ok game. It is a time waster and definitely will not consume any of my console playing or portable console playing.

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Jonesy555
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 7:51:34 AM
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PSP2 is suppose to have a touch sensor of some sort....the PSPhone has a touch screen and touch analog sticks. Notice the plural as in more than one stick, also confirmed, the PSP2 will have two analog sticks. Maybe I'm just reaching but either the two (PSP2 and PSPhone) are one in the same, which would be a TERRIBLE financial move. Or Sony will be releasing two versions of the PSP2: one for those that don't wanna submit to a 2 year contract, and those that want to use it as their phone. IMO, the latter makes more since because not only will they acquire the Android community with a PSPhone that's really a PSP2 as well, you won't kill yourself in sales because little kids can get a regular phoneless PSP2. Not saying it's the greatest financial move, but we all know that Sony's not afraid to lose a bit of money on their dreams and experiments (see PS3 launch and PSP Go if you need proof).

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Qubex
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:09:33 AM

Jonesy555, no way is the PSP Phone even close to the rumoured specifications of the PSP2. As I stated above in my long post, PSP2 is a "dedicated" handheld platform, designed for the power user.

A developer has gone on record saying they are developing for the aforementioned hardware, and they say its a powerful piece of kit. It should have the bandwidth of something like 6x the current PSP. I guess it needs to last another 8 years or so right?

The PSP Phone, is for a different market segment. Not saying games coming out for it will not be good or hardcore enough, but it is for people who are more casual about playing games. If they tried to use it as a dedicated mobile games platform, and they used it for similar game session periods as one may use the PSP today, they won't exactly have much remaining power left to keep the phone alive and use it for just that, making and receiving calls.

The dedicated PSP2 gaming platform will be larger, heavier, and have probably have beefier batteries... it will need it if the rumor of it being similar in power to the 360 is true. I think heat and power issues will no doubt be an issue for Sony, and I think, from what little has been said, they actively working on the power consumption and heat dissipation problems the concept model currently has.

Don't think this PSP Phone is anything like the PSP2... we will see if I am correct in a few months time I guess...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Jonesy555
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:50:36 PM

Qubex, I agree with what you are saying, and I have my reservations about a PSPhone simply because of battery reasons (as ALL android phones have been known not to give the greatest battery6 life under a little power use), but I just can't imagine Sony releasing two separate type of PSP devices. Or maybe I'm just being overly optimistic because I would love to have this PSPhone without having to buy a completely separate PSP2. For once, won't someone let me have my cake and eat it too?

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Beamboom
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 1:02:44 PM
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If you guys filter out any comment with "w w w" (ignore caps) you'd get rid of these spam messages instantly.

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Robochic
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:06:59 PM
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Here in ON Canada when it comes to the 3G network it depends on the phone company but it can cost anywhere from 60-150 for smartphones which really sucks especially when to buy the phone out right it can cost up to 700 bucks unless you do a 3 year contract which is not worth it to me I hate contracts.

PSphone would be cool but it would be awhile till I get one due to lack of funds.

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DemonNeno
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:45:58 PM
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I don't think I would be uninterested in it but I do wonder how such a product would look. To me, the psp had one major set back; screen size. I'm not a fan of screens on many mobile devices. Realistically, I probably never will like them enough to full blown game on them, but give me an android based sony phone with gaming perks and I'll consider it.

It seems a screen big enough for gaming is hurt by the cons it brings to convenient mobility (sticking it in you're pocket) but vive versa makes for ill visibility. Unless sony makes a retractable LED screen that expands.. hmm..

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