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Day October 26, 2010

The PlayStation Phone

Engadget just scooped up this gem. Rumors of a PlayStation Phone have been swirling for several years, but these are the first pictures that confirm its existence.

According to Engadget, the PSPhone will run Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread and be released ‘soon’. Specs include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, a 3.7 – 4.1 inch screen and support for microSD cards in lieu of Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick format.

The PSPhone is a landscape slider much like the PSP Go, but also seems to feature a multitouch pad in the center of the controls. Engadget reports that the PSPhone will feature a special Sony Marketplace for games designed for the new platform.

Given that the phone pictured above is a prototype that is still said to be buggy and lacking a custom UI skin, it’s a safe bet that we won’t see Sony Ericsson release this until early 2011. Hit the Engadget link below for more pictures of the PlayStation Phone.

I have mixed feelings about the PSPhone. I was a huge fan of the original PlayStation Portable and have always believed mobile gaming would eclipse console-based gaming in the future. I have eagerly awaited the PSPhone long before there was an iPhone. However, given Sony’s recent lackluster innovation in the consumer electronics space, I can only think that this effort is too little too late. I honestly hope Sony proves me wrong, though.

Sources: @joshuatopolsky, Engadget