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Sony Ericsson suffers leak of PlayStation Phone pictures

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 14:36:19

A smartphone being developed by Sony Ericsson has been caught on camera and distributed online, managing to generate more interest than usual because it looks to be the long rumoured PlayStation Phone.

It has been assumed for some time that Sony would bring the PlayStation gaming brand to the mobile market and now confirmation seems to have been given in the form of images, which clearly show a prototype Sony Ericsson device which mimics the look of the current PSP Go handheld console.

The pictures show a large smartphone with a touchscreen interface running Android and according to Engadget, it will sport the as yet unreleased version 3.0 of Google's software.

The PlayStation Phone will not rely on touchscreen controls entirely because a slider mechanism reveals a four way physical directional pad sitting opposite the four controller buttons adorned with the famous PlayStation icons.

Further control capabilities will be afforded via an integrated touchpad sitting between the two physical arrays, standing in for the analogue sticks found on the PSP and full sized PlayStation consoles.

Rumours suggest that this device will run a 1GHz processor coupled with 512MB of RAM, which puts it squarely at the high end of the current market, although by the time it is launched it could be looking slightly underpowered compared to the first wave of dual core smartphones.

On paper the PlayStation Phone sounds moderately promising, although the relevance of such a device in today's market remains questionable. The iPhone has generated one of the biggest handheld gaming markets in recent years, challenging Sony and rival Nintendo with casual games, which sell in their millions and so a PlayStation brand phone would be up against serious odds against its success.

So far Sony has not officially confirmed whether or not the leaked images are genuine, but it would now be surprising if this mobile does not make it to market.




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