Sony today unveiled its latest mobile gaming platform aimed at Android devices. Called the PlayStation Suite, the new mobile gaming platform will let Android users buy, download and play PSP games on their mobile phones. According to Sony, the PlayStation Suite is basically an emulator for Android 2.3 Gingerbread and above.
Along with the emulator, the PlayStation Suite will also include an Android game store where users can browse through and purchase new PSP games. In case you are wondering, the PSP emulator will include on-screen controls that users will need to play their games. That is if you do not own one of the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play “PlayStation Phone” that comes with physical controls for playing PSP games.
A launch date for PlayStation Suite has not been announced although we hear it will be “within this calendar year“.
A Japanese newspaper has published a report that claims that the new Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone – that is expected to be branded as the Xperia Play, shall be launching in the Spring of 2011. According to Asahi Shimbun, the device will be based on PSPgo and will retain the familiar PSP gaming controls – something that we have already seen in action.
The authenticity of the source is not clear and Sony has declined to comment on this speculation. Also, a Spring launch is pretty broad that does not add too much value to the speculations that have already been doing the rounds.
Having said that, if these rumors are true, it will at least mean that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play shall not launch at least for the next two months. That’s news given that we had earlier anticipated an announcement as early as this month.
The highly anticipated PlayStation Phone from Sony may not be launching/unveiling on December 9 as earlier thought. According to some new rumors, the PlayStation Phone is “nowhere near ready” which means that the device will take at least a couple of more months before it gets ready for release. A February launch around the Mobile World Congress is likely.
We have already heard about the device – regarding its 5-megapixel camera, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 4.1″ WVGA display. Now according to the latest report, the phone may not be a PSP device coupled with phone capabilities.
What this means is that users may not be actually able to download PSP-compatible games on to this new device. It is possible that Sony could bring an independent line-up of games to this new platform. However this appears to be a rather expensive process since the volumes may not justify the vast line up of games necessary to make this phone a success. What we also hear is that the new phone could be marketed under the Xperia brand which could bring down the anticipation levels for the new gaming phone even further.
Anyway, none of these speculations are substantiated. So at the moment take all of these with a pinch of salt.
December 9 may turn out to be quite an eventful day if all the rumors doing the rounds are to be true. Yesterday, we had written that the highly anticipated Notion Ink Adam tablet could be making a launch or at least open for pre-orders on December 9. Now, it is being rumored that Sony too could be launching their new PlayStation Phone on this day.
According to reports coming from France, Sony Ericsson has called for a media event that will be headed by Pierre Perron, head of Sony Ericsson in France. There is no specific mention of the agenda of the meeting and so we expect at least an unveiling, if not an official launch of the PlayStation Phone on this day.
What do you think? Are we being too optimistic here? Tell us in the comments.
Sony Ericsson has been rumored to be working on a smartphone for gamers for quite some time now and from what we hear, the device could be launching as early as October of this year. The latest rumor comes from Engadget and the website has some pretty juicy news to share.
Firstly, the Sony Ericsson Playstation phone could be some sort of a cross between the Samsung Galaxy S and a PSPgo. That is, the device could be a slider phone that will contain a D-Pad like analog gaming controls in place of the regular QWERTY keyboard. In other words, slide-out and you have a PSPgo and slide the control in and you have a touchscreen phone.
Apart from this, the device is expected to come with Gingerbread – Android 3.0 and could be branded as an Xperia to start with though an independent Playstation phone is also very likely. Other rumored features on the phone include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.7 or 4.1 inches WVGA display, 5-megapixel camera and 3D gaming is not ruled out.
Sounds exciting, isn’t it?