Sony 'not working on a PlayStation phone', staffer states
Other Sony staffer's commments 'misquoted'
Sony has bitten back at claims that it may be developing a PlayStation mobile phone with Sony Ericsson, stating that a senior staffer who was reported to be hinting as much was "misquoted".
Sony Computer Entertainment’s co-COO, Jim Ryan, was this week quoted by India's Economic Times, as saying that convergence between Sony PlayStation and Sony Ericsson's phone range was “definitely plausible” and that it would be “hugely intellectually seductive to have a console-oriented phone”.
Except, according to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesfolks cited by website CVG, Ryan was "misquoted".
A Sony spokesman told the site: "We do have talks with other arms of the Sony family about various topics but I can confirm we are not currently working together on the creation of a PlayStation Phone."
It might be worth remembering though that Sony has previously poo-poo'd speculation that it was developing a 40GB PS3 - which... er... it was. Similarly, it dismissed claims an 80GB PS3 was in the works as rumour and speculation... right up until the heavyweight hard drive console was launched. And despite the existence of FCC documents to the contrary.
Whether Ryan didn't say what he is reported to have said or the paper drew the wrong conclusion from his words is unclear. Certainly, Sony Ericsson has mined other Sony brandnames - specifically Walkman, Cyber-shot and Bravia - for its handsets, so why not PlayStation too? Ryan clearly reckons such an item - whether it's in the works or not - is a good idea.
So did former Sony Ericsson President Miles Flint, who said as much back in September.
I would buy it. It makes a lot of sense as a device, now that Remote Play has been added to the PSP/ PS3, having 3G to be able to use it (almost) anywhere would be a major plus, along with the web browser and online gaming. All they need to do is sort out a decent text entry method, maybe a touchscreen or small keyboard. A far more attractive proposition than a bloody Iphone, that's for damn sure.
PSP2 with 3G?
Isn't it more likely that they're planning to put some kind of wireless data capability in a PSP for on-line gaming?
Obviously, if it's UMTS/HSDPA, then it will nominally be a phone - but in practice, it's about as much a phone as a Dell laptop is (also comes with integrated HSDPA data card).
Web 2.0 Enabled
Is it web 2.0 enabled as thats gotta be worth paying for, whatever it is, oh and is it available in orange?
As Sir Humphrey used to say...
Since its been officialy denied, it must be true. Possibly not with Erricson however, trying to leave your partner out of the loop like Nintendo did with you (with the Snes CD) huh Mr Sony?