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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. fishbone's Avatar
      fishbone -
      ... so the crapy-old thumb, stitched frankeinstein style to the robot by a nasty china man in the back-Alley is a representation of sony's implementation of playstation tech on a android phone???Humm...
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by fishbone View Post
      ... so the crapy-old thumb, stitched frankeinstein style to the robot by a nasty china man in the back-Alley is a representation of sony's implementation of playstation tech on a android phone???Humm...
      Good point
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Hmmm could this be a newer Nokia N-Gage? Battery life will be a concern, the situation with Geo has pushed me away from Sony as well. And everyone wants there shot at the iPhone!!!
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      a little too late for this phone,it should have been out five years ago lol.
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      Ill pass ill use my upgrade for the iPhone 4gs and buy the PSP 2
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      it looks interesting for sure
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      That commercial was lame! Not sure what to think of the phone...
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I can't believe iPhone owners on here are harping on this things battery life. The iPhones battery life blows. Something fierce.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      I can't believe iPhone owners on here are harping on this things battery life. The iPhones battery life blows. Something fierce.
      Yeah but I can't believe the game they went with to show on the thing. So many iPhone games are way better (I'm not saying there aren't better games that can run on this, but for a commercial it sucks)
    1. LOAD error's Avatar
      LOAD error -
      Quote Originally Posted by candypaint View Post
      I smell really bad battery life.

      When it comes to sony's phone and psp batteries their batteries last.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      I'm not that interested in the phone as I prefer a good old 1080p big screen to play my ps3 and 360 on for any games more involved that doodlejump and angry birds, but I must say I liked the commercial. I don't understand what was so "bad" about it.
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      If I wanted gaming I'd turn to a dedicated, better device like my PS3; not a phone pretending to be a console.

      Sent from my iPhone 4 using ModMyi
    1. LOAD error's Avatar
      LOAD error -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      If I wanted gaming I'd turn to a dedicated, better device like my PS3; not a phone pretending to be a console.

      Sent from my iPhone 4 using ModMyi

      Yeah you are right! but in reality try taking your console when traveling or going to work on the train or bus.

      The fact is it's portable. Not a console.
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LOAD error View Post
      Yeah you are right! but in reality try taking your console when traveling or going to work on the train or bus.

      The fact is it's portable. Not a console.
      PSP and NINTENDO DSi?

      Sent from my iPhone 4 using ModMyi
    1. Assassination's Avatar
      Assassination -
      I bet nintendo made a super nintendo phone half of the world will buy it!
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I don't get why people are complaining about six hours if you play games? Six hours? Of video games?
    1. KBI2113's Avatar
      KBI2113 -
      Let's take bets on how long it'll take geohot to JB this new phone.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Yeah but I can't believe the game they went with to show on the thing. So many iPhone games are way better (I'm not saying there aren't better games that can run on this, but for a commercial it sucks)
      I agree. I am sure the games will be on par with the iPhone seeing as it will be droid games compatible. I am not sure of the screen size, but if it rivals their new PSP then it will own the iPhone. The iPad however, is a horse of a different color.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      I love Sony, but I will not be getting this phone. And I thought the commercial was decent, don't know why everyone's hating on it.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      You love Sony? They installed rootkits to keep people from pirating their music. Over-doing it much? It's not like there aren't a million other places to get it from. Not to mention their latest bull****ery.
      Ps, I'm not a supporter of piracy, just sayin'