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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. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Doesn't bother me, I don't buy there music. Comps, TV's, ps3
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      They removed OtherOS from the PS3 in a very heavy-handed way. That bothers me and I don't even own Sony products.
    1. Assassination's Avatar
      Assassination -
      Whatever. This seems like waste of money
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I just still don't understand how Google managed to make such an unresponsive OS. My sister's Android with the specs of a 3G is completely unusable on a watered-down version of 2.1. You swipe and two seconds later it registers half a swipe and shutters. This is on the HomeScreen with all the memory cleared and nothing running. What the hell? Oh and one of the new tablets they were showcasing did something similar in a photo viewer
    1. Assassination's Avatar
      Assassination -
      Nevermind it seems reasonable to buy I still prefer iPhone though much more smooth and stable!


      AND YES GUYS EVERYONE ON PLANET EARTH KNOWS THAT GEOHOT GONNA GET HIS HANDS ON THIS ONE!

      Ps1 & Ps2 emulator! I BET!
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      I just still don't understand how Google managed to make such an unresponsive OS. My sister's Android with the specs of a 3G is completely unusable on a watered-down version of 2.1. You swipe and two seconds later it registers half a swipe and shutters. This is on the HomeScreen with all the memory cleared and nothing running. What the hell? Oh and one of the new tablets they were showcasing did something similar in a photo viewer
      Use a phone with the chops to do Android right and it will really surprise you. Why the hell did you let her get the Aria in the first place? Some brother you are.

      In all seriousness, if you want to see an Android done right, root a Captivate and run the Andromeda rom. I flashed it for my wife and she says she's never had a snappier phone experience in her life.
    1. smsjrtato's Avatar
      smsjrtato -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      A Sony phone after what they did to Geo, I think I'll for sure pass on this one.
      well geo can now without any legal problems since it is a "mobile phone".
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpkirkley View Post
      Use a phone with the chops to do Android right and it will really surprise you. Why the hell did you let her get the Aria in the first place? Some brother you are.

      In all seriousness, if you want to see an Android done right, root a Captivate and run the Andromeda rom. I flashed it for my wife and she says she's never had a snappier phone experience in her life.
      Lol I had nothing to do with her getting a Samsung. Trust me.
    1. Waaasobe's Avatar
      Waaasobe -
      Personally think this phone is a complete waste of time. It seems like it could be a goof platform but I feel this phone is going to be more of a novelty than anything else.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      No, silly. There will be a hack to use a Wii controller on the psphone! Mark my words
    1. DeathOfLife's Avatar
      DeathOfLife -
      Ok I Got A iPhone 4 But Why Is Everyone Hating Saying Can It Make Calls And Battery Life Like Seriously Apple Was The One Who Gave Free Bumpers Cause Their Single Was Alil Sucky And Battery Sucks To I'm Lucky If I Day Out Of A Charge Idk If This Will Beat The iPhone But Damn It Looks Good Lol
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Quote Originally Posted by deathoflife View Post
      ok i got a iphone 4 but why is everyone hating saying can it make calls and battery life like seriously apple was the one who gave free bumpers cause their single was alil sucky and battery sucks to i'm lucky if i day out of a charge idk if this will beat the iphone but damn it looks good lol
      -100
    1. KingDan's Avatar
      KingDan -
      I like it, I thought one of these would be cool ever since I got a psp, and if you can remote play your ps3 with it like the psp I'm gonna get one!
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      Interesting device. Creepy Frankenstein thumbs. Ad FAIL.
    1. ImStrapped's Avatar
      ImStrapped -
      Am I the only one who thinks that commercial is a bit disturbing? I'm sorry but iPhone offers some pretty intense games that aren't any worse than whats on a PSP device.
    1. highboi's Avatar
      highboi -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      A Sony phone after what they did to Geo, I think I'll for sure pass on this one.
      I wonder who will balls up and provide us some sort of jailbreak for games
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      PS3 user name, glassjaw624 add it!
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      I just still don't understand how Google managed to make such an unresponsive OS. My sister's Android with the specs of a 3G is completely unusable on a watered-down version of 2.1. You swipe and two seconds later it registers half a swipe and shutters. This is on the HomeScreen with all the memory cleared and nothing running. What the hell? Oh and one of the new tablets they were showcasing did something similar in a photo viewer
      Umm, have you tried using a 3G running 4.X???
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Umm, have you tried using a 3G running 4.X???
      No but I never heard it was THAT bad. It only could process half a swipe with all the memory cleared?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      No but I never heard it was THAT bad. It only could process half a swipe with all the memory cleared?
      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.