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  • PlayStation Phone Debuts During Super Bowl to Challenge iPhone


    Although the iPhone wasn't developed to compete with prominent mobile gaming devices from the likes of Sony and Nintendo, Apple's touchscreen smartphone has still managed to unwittingly become one of the most popular portable gaming systems ever devised. Looking to re-capture some of its lost marketshare, the makers of the PlayStation have teamed with mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson to produce the first of its kind "PlayStation Phone."

    After months of rumors and speculation, Sony Ericsson teased the forthcoming gaming-optimized smartphone in a commercial that aired yesterday during the Super Bowl. On the grandest marketing stage in the world, the Sony Xperia Play was unveiled to the world as a revolutionary "PlayStation certified smartphone."

    Although full details on the Xperia Play won't be available until February 13th, the device will run on Google's Android operating system and features a sliding screen with familiar PlayStation gaming controls like directional pad, four face buttons and Start and Select buttons. While there are clearly some modifications from the control mechanisms of the PSP, PlayStation gamers should have no problem getting accustomed to the new "PlayStation phone."

    The only question is whether the new platform will truly eat into the iPhone gaming audience. Expectations, naturally, for the new Sony Xperia Play are already very high. And with the PlayStation Portable having sold an estimated 60 million units worldwide, Sony has a large "built-in" audience that will try virtually anything with the PlayStation brand emblazoned across it. As a result, the new platform could make a significant dent in the smartphone space as we presently know it.

    USA Today
    This article was originally published in forum thread: PlayStation Phone Debuts During Super Bowl to Challenge iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      It takes at least 10 seconds for the native settings screen to load once i select the icon. There's a number of videos on youtube that show just how bad it's response is.
      At least it registers all the input and the animations don't shutter to 1 or 2 FPS.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Completely different hardware than the upcoming PSP. How's that going to work out? Sony can't hope to sell many of these catering to gamers when they have hardware like the upcoming PSP on the horizon. Playstation is apparently just an app with a hardware controller. Looks like the hacking community will be porting this over to HTC, Motorola, etc. in no time at all.