If you haven’t read up on it yet, here’s the Engadget article.
Apparently, this PlayStation Phone will sport the following:
- Will be powered by Android 3.0
- 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8655
- 512 MB of RAM
- 1 GB ROM
- A touch screen in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches
- MicroSD slot
- L/R shoulder buttons and long touch pad in the middle
I’m not too familiar with smartphone processors, but according to this Wikipedia article, this phone will be okay on the processing power front. What I’m very hopeful for are the controls. It’s the best of both worlds: touch screen for light gaming and productivity while a slide out control pad for more serious games.
Engadget is saying that this PlayStation Phone is going to feature a “custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform”. I hope that’s not true.
I don’t think it’s a good idea to create another platform for developers to get into. I want to see this PlayStation Phone positioned as an extension of the PlayStation Portable brand. It should be able to play some PlayStation Portable games, PlayStation 1 games and even those PSP Minis that no one is talking about. On the flip side, it will also have access to the Android marketplace.
I also have strong doubts about this phone being the PlayStation Portable 2. Maybe an extension of that platform, but it’s not going to be the sole handheld simply because no parent is going to fork out $400+ on a handheld console.
Needless to say, I’m looking forward to finding out more info on this PlayStation Phone.