I’m going to go out on a limb and predicting big things for the PlayStation Phone. It’s going to sell well, even if some other people are quite skeptical about it.
Don’t apologize if you haven’t heard of this Android OS-based smartphone — it hasn’t actually been announced yet. Still, details and images of it surfaced this week.
While it’s true that the iPhone (and iPod touch) has become popular a portable gaming console, and it offers many thousands of titles, it appeals only to people who are willing to play without physical buttons.
Sony’s smartphone, on the other hand, is supposedly going to include the buttons millions of gamers have have become familiar with on the PlayStation Portable and PSP Go.
It’s also going to have an advantage over Nintendo’s DS platform: because it will be a smartphone, users will only have to carry around one device, not a phone and a mobile console. And the applications that come with Google’s Android OS will make it useful for many things, like web surfing, email, ebooks, and much more.
An Important Requirement
If Sony hopes to go head-to-head with the iPhone, it’s absolutely going to have to offer one thing: LOW-PRICED GAMES.
An expensive game for the iPhone is maybe $10, but most run under $5, and a great many sell for just 99 cents. PSP games, on the other hand, often run $20 – $30 or more.
By virtue of the physical buttons, I’m willing to bet playing games on Sony’s new offering is going to be a better experience than on an iPhone, but not so much better that people are willing to pay gobs more money for it.
What We Know about the PlayStation Phone
The design for this upcoming device will supposedly be a slider, but with a set of game controls instead of the traditional keyboard. The exact size of the touchscreen is not yet known, but it will be between 4.1 and 3.7 inches with at least an 800 x 600 (WVGA) resolution.
The sliding panel will be very similar to the one on the PSP Go, but with a large touchpad added.
According to details that have leaked out, this smartphone will run the next version of Google’s Android OS (code-named Gingerbread) on a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor with 512 MB of RAM.
Rather than Sony’s usual Memory Stick slot, this smartphone will reportedly include a microSD card slot.
A 5 megapixel camera is supposedly on the specifications list, but the remaining features are still unknown.