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Sony May Look To Merge PSP With Cell Phone

Sony May Look To Merge PSP With Cell Phone

A Playstation on your cell phone?  The notion might not be so far-fetched. The latest news out of the Japanese electronics and gaming giant is that it's "considering developing a cellphone-game gear hybrid" on Sony Ericsson phones.

Once the superpower in portable music - the Walkman, launched about 30 years ago, was revolutionary and became one of the best-known brands of its time. Anyone who didn't own a Walkman owned a knockoff. The Discman, which, as it sounds, played compact discs wasn't as huge a hit, but primarily because it wasn't as huge a change as the Walkman was and because, after all, it was only recently that you could make your own CDs. Who didn't listen to a mix tape at some point or another in their Walkman?

Then came the iPod and then the iPhone, and Sony's trailed Apple ever since. Did you know Sony had a Walkman Phone?

Reuters reported that the Nikkei business daily in Japan said Sony planned to start getting its team together on the project as soon as next month.

Sony PSP Phone Concept


Sony gaming phone concept draft...
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The new device would be something of a hybrid between the Sony Ericcson phones and the popular
PSP, Sony's portable gaming system.

With Electronic Arts (Sims, Tetris and Tiger Woods PGA Tour) and Square Enix (Crystal Defenders and Song Summoner), among others, starting to offer gaming software for Apple products, Sony and other portable game makers see a big ol' bullseye on their doors and are trying to avoid falling to the iPhone/iPod juggernaut.

Sony, Reuters said, refused comment.

This isn't the first time the idea has made the rounds of the rumor mill. Back in 2007, Latest-Mobile carried a report saying rumors of a PSPhone had been both confirmed and denied.  Interestingly, Sony Ericsson has had a patent in place for some time now.  It makes perfect sense to us actually.  Just bring it.
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I was a HUGE Sony PSP fan for years but in all honesty, the day I bought my IPhone 3G (like a year ago) was the last time I used my PSP!

RT

 

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This might appeal to new buyers, but people that already own a lot of PSP software (particularly on UMDs) might want to consider a whole new system (DSi, GP2x Wiz, Dingoo, etc.) rather than end up owning two PSPs - only one of which can play most of their games. I doubt you'll be able to "share" digital downloads between the two.

I have a PSP, but the only two PSP games I ever bought were so uninteresting that I installed hacked firmware and now only use the PSP for wireless web-browsing, emulating my older systems, and playing around with homebrew. I have development tools for it too, but the closed nature of the system never made me too anxious to create more than any simple demos to see how well the toolchain works.

So, a PSP-phone is not appealing to me. I'm now just waiting for the OpenPandora (if it ever gets released ). I've never pirated any PSP games, so I won't be losing anything by switching.

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A PSPhone is an instant win. They should've done this instead of the crappy PSP Go. Nevertheless, 2009/2010 will be the "year" of the PSP, with games like Resident Evil, Metal Gear PW, Gran Turismo, Mosnter Hunter FU, Persona, MotorStorm AE, Final Fantasy Agito, Dissidia, Kiingdom Hearts, GTA Chinatown Wars, LBP, SoulCalibur, Tekken, etc, etc.

Also I'm tired of reading comparissons between the PSP and the iPhone. They have nothing to do with each other, the iPhone CAN'T compete with the PSP/DSi as they are gaming consoles and it's a freakin' phone that doesn't even have buttons.

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