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Sony Ericsson/PlayStation Android phone rumoured

by Sarah Griffiths on 12 August 2010, 11:42

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Calling all gamers

Sony Ericsson is set to reverse Android's gaming fortunes with a device rumoured to sit neatly between a smartphone and PSP Go.

According to Engadget, Sony Ericsson intends to ‘redefine' smartphone gaming on Android, which currently lags behind Apple's iOS 4, with no games apps in its ten most-downloaded applications. In contrast, nine out of ten of Apple's most popular apps are games.  

The move to boost Android's gaming credentials  may be a smart one, as recent research suggests factory unit shipments of game-friendly phones are increasingly in demand from casual gamers and predicted to top 1.27bn in 2010. 

A ‘trusted source' said Sony Ericsson is in the latter stages of planning a new device, with rumoured help from Google, plus a revamped games platform and ecosystem.

It is said to be a PSP Go/ Samsung Captivate hybrid, boasting a landscape slider with traditional gaming controls including a D-pad. However, the PSP Go's mini joystick will reportedly be replaced with a ‘long touch pad' plus the usual array of PSP buttons. 

The phone's black body has apparently been described as ‘pretty damn sexy' and has sliver accents with a silvery slider gaming part. More importantly, Engadget reported it has a generous WVGA-quality screen between 3.7 and 4.1 inches in size and Snapdragon 1GHz CPU inside. The handset also currently boasts a healthy 5mp camera although that might disappear. 

It is tipped to form part of Sony Ericsson's Xperia range, although it will probably be branded as a PlayStation device too. The new game-friendly phone is also predicted to run Gingerbread or Android 3.0 and provide access to a new area of the Android Marketplace, dedicated to gaming. 

Although some games may be designed specifically for use with the probable Xperia/PlayStation model, it is likely other Android handsets will reportedly be able to access the games too as long as they can cope with button layouts and other factors.

Engadget's source reportedly said the quality of the downloadable Android-based games will be similar to current PSX and PSP games, so users will finally be able to play 3D games via their phone.

Rumoured game titles supposed to grace the new handset include: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, God of War and even maybe LittleBigPlanet with titles that include augmented reality capabilities a future possibility.

In great news for gamers, Engadget believes the handset and gaming ecosystem could come to market in October, although there has been no word from Sony Ericsson, Google or PlayStation about whether the rumours are true.



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Great news for android, they have the hardware, just need the major game developers on board.

Say what you will about the iphone, it does have the best mobile games,
but there's no reason they couldn't all exist on android.
Oooh, I really don't like the idea of a “dedicated” phone/games machine - didn't Nokia try that already with the N-Gage which was, to be honest, less than successful!

Far better, imho, to encourage the big studios - PopCap etc to develop for 'droid. As to Sony, well how about making phones with great screens and long battery lives as surely that's the best way to get a “game phone”. And if they want joysticks etc why not a separate dock/jacket/cradle that you can put an existing phone into?
mikerr
Say what you will about the iphone, it does have the best mobile games, but there's no reason they couldn't all exist on android.
Hmm, according to the gen on the developer sites that was one of the reasons that the Apple Stasi were nixing all other development tools other than ObjectiveC - in an effort to stop cross-platform developments.
But you're right - when we start seeing stuff coming out on the GMP at the same time (or shortly after) it hits iTunes then I'll know that Android has “arrived”.
crossy
Oooh, I really don't like the idea of a “dedicated” phone/games machine - didn't Nokia try that already with the N-Gage which was, to be honest, less than successful!


I think it would be nice to see an android phone that can provide enough battery power to be a serious contender as a smart phone ( 1 day serious use between charges is not brilliant ) before we think about them being contenders for serious portable game platforms.

Great for a quick gaming bash here and there, but not for long periods. The samsung galaxy S drains battery power quickly when running modern 3d graphics bench tests.
And the iphones dont? they are even worse for battery life. You cant play a game more than an hour before your on red with your battery.

Iphones are just as bad yet no one moans about it because its an “apple” product. Same reason why its ok for your signal to drop if you hold the phone incorrectly LOL
It won't succeed because this phone does not have a dedicated gpu. I doubt it will be powerful to sustain the required fps.