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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. Mr Squints's Avatar
      Mr Squints -
      Cool commercial....and the phone looks pretty neat to...
      But can it make a call??
      lol
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Lol the game didn't even look impressive. Hopefully the real ones are better
    1. candypaint's Avatar
      candypaint -
      I smell really bad battery life.
    1. aayushcool's Avatar
      aayushcool -
      Playstation phone playing Gameloft Games????
      What's new in that??

      and they look exactly the same when played on an iPhone
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Phone looks sexy. I wonder what the specs will be...
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      A Sony phone after what they did to Geo, I think I'll for sure pass on this one.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      lol.. they paid over 6mill for that to be shown.. are you kidding me.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Men don't say "lol". They say haha.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Oh please. First Nintendo, now Apple.
    1. DJ NiveK's Avatar
      DJ NiveK -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      Oh please. First Nintendo, now Apple.
      lol wut?
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Really cool commercial but the games are going to have to be awesome to be worth it enough to not have a keyboard and a playstation controller
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      A. Horrible commercial
      B. Battery life is going to suck
      C. Seriously ... unless your 12 who needs it !!!
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      D. Apple is Awesome
      E. I'm a FANBOY
      F. Gaming is WAY over-rated.
    1. RojasAlex000's Avatar
      RojasAlex000 -
      Commercial looks great! But i am with everyone else on this one the battery life is goin to suck and would be cool to control the phone from the controller. I have a feeling when its first relased the games will kinda suck but after a few months might see improvements on the graphics but not sure if it will be too great. And also the games will probley be sold by playstation and will be overpriced for the quality! A goo concept but until its released and can get my hands on it i cant say much else!
    1. SteveJobsEvilTwinBro's Avatar
      SteveJobsEvilTwinBro -
      Pssst! Hey Georgie! You seeing this!^^ PSP with a sim card, whooptie-do-da-day... Might as well have been VoIP seeing as how nobody above the age of 16 will want one.
    1. miguelk12's Avatar
      miguelk12 -
      Did anyone think of anything in particular when they did the overhead view of the 'thumbed' android????
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      That ad was actually awful
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Bring out the "3D iPad"
    1. iam8bit's Avatar
      iam8bit -
      i hate the commercial. android's logo is ugly itself, and with these fingers it is just horrible.
      nothing's gonna be better than the iphone 4 instead of the iphone 5
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I don't know, the Atrix does look pretty good.