August 13th, 2010, 00:45 Posted By: Shrygue
via Computer and Video Games
We could see gaming and communicating beautifully merged in the form of a PlayStation phone as early as October, according to reports.
According to Engadget sources, Sony Ericcson is working on a phone using Google's Android platform for release this year.
A trademark for a Sony device labelled 'PlayView' - which sounds very phoney/gamey indeed - was unearthed by CVG in June and now there are more mumblings about a Sony cross between a Captivate phone and a PSPGo.
The exciting bit is that the phone will apparently include side-slider gaming controls instead of a QWERTY keyboard.
"The D-pad is here, but instead of the small joystick, the device will have what was described as a 'long touch pad' for analog controls, along with standard PSP buttons and shoulder buttons," according to Engadget.
Also attributed to the phone is a large display, between 3.7 and 4.1 inches with WVGA or better resolution, a 5 megapixel camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU is "likely".
The phone is mostly black with some silver highlights, and the gamepad area is white / silver in color, claims the source.
The device will apparently be running Gingerbread (Android 3.0) and there will be a new section of the Android Market specifically for games.
Way back in May the words of Sony Australia boss Michael Ephraim suggested that the PSP2 will actually be a smart phone when he said, "The handheld space is very crowded, not just in the games category but also with smart phones and so on."
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