Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone videotaped with its game on
For the non-geeky crowd, these two are the same second generation Snapdragon silicon that is in the HTC Desire HD (QSD8255) or the HTC ThunderBolt (MSM8655), and we noticed they have the highest benchmark scores for stock single-core handsets.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Adreno 205 graphics usher the PlayStation phone in the new smartphone era
Thus it should be running mobile games with ease, before someone writes a game that can really put those snappy chipsets to the test, since even the prototype handled scored the mighty impressive 1733 on Quadrant with 59.1fps. There are 512MB RAM/ROM onboard, 4" LCD screen with 480x854 pixels of resolution, 5MP camera with LED flash, 1500mAh battery, and everything else you'd expect from a modern smartphone, including dual mics for noise cancellation. The lack of an HDMI-out port is a letdown, though.
As far as gaming content is concerned, the Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone/Xperia Play features the PlayStation Pocket app, and we don't know if this will be an emulator for PSP Go games, or just an access point to the dedicated space on Android Market for mobile games specific to the device, as rumored. The most interesting part about this phone - how gaming control is handled, is in the videos below. The source has measured the loading of Dungeon Defenders against a Meizu M9, which has a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird chipset, like the one in the Samsung Galaxy S, and the Hummingbird phone loaded the game about 4 seconds faster.
As far as we grasped from the translation, and we have a colleague that studies Chinese in the office, who also confirmed that for the current Android games the controller is useless, they have to be written or ported specifically for the Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone. To play games as the Lord intended on a device with the PlayStation brand, they obviously have to be optimized for use with the PlayStation type controller.
Oh, well, more revenue for developers, and the rumors are that the games will cost about $9.99 a pop, and five of them will be preloaded on the phone when it hits retail. We can't wait for the Mobile World Congress next month to learn more about the pricing (supposed to be in the vicinity of $500 sans subsidies), and availability.
Do you approve of what you are seeing so far from the PlayStation Phone? With this, and the slick Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (our hands-on here), Sony might just get back in the smartphone game after a bunch of disappointments.
source: IT168 (translated) via Engadget
1. Dennis (unregistered) posted on 07 Jan 2011, 04:23 0 0
Disappointment---> to me.
Well, if I just look at it as another android phone, then it might be fine. BUT, underneath that screen, its not a physical keyboard for typing, but for games? how many people would want to just buy that control to just play game? (Not that many I guess) .Phone's construction will be bigger for the "gamers" that want to enjoy their games more on an Android phone.
The PSP Go is not that popular already, and then it follows up with a Playstation/Xperia phone? I really hope that's going to work for SE. X10 is already a "fail" for SE since it says nono to 2.2.
Sony is superior in a lot of consumer products,but when it comes to cell phone, they still need to work harder or a better idea to attract buyers. The Xperia Arc is definitely a good start.
2. calamazoo (unregistered) posted on 07 Jan 2011, 06:04 2 2
I actually disagree. I couldn't care less about a physical keyboard, typing with a virtual one is almost as fast once you get used to it.
For serious gaming, though, touchscreens are useless, no matter how they try.
This combines the best of both worlds - a physical game controller, and still a great Android smartphone, plus the games will be mich cheaper than for a PS, or PSP Go
12. Wardski (unregistered) posted on 08 Jan 2011, 06:50 0 0
Hmmmm in the first vid the game key pad doesnt even work... FAIL
mind you, SE = FAIL....
3. Dennis (unregistered) posted on 07 Jan 2011, 07:22 0 0
Agree, I do type faster on the screen than a physical keyboard. But the real question might be how serious can gaming go on this phone?
By serious, how "serious" are the games gonna be? An emulator for PSP games? I don't think thats going to happen. If it becomes an emulator for PSP games, then what's the point of a PSP/ PSP Go? I think the game controller is very serious for android mobile games.
4. calamazoo (unregistered) posted on 07 Jan 2011, 07:50 0 0
rumors are that there will be a section of android market dedicated to the playstation phone, and the games will be at mobile prices, i.e. less than $10, instead of $40 like for the rest of the PS gang
We shouldn't forget this is running Gingerbread, which main reason for existence is gaming optimization - faster graphics rendering, native support for motion sensors, etc., because Google wants to take on Apple's iPhone and iPad becoming the most popular mobile gaming platform.
so the playstation phone is receiving a lot of attention from google, and will probably be the poster child for the gaming capabilities of Android, and thus the games written specifically for the phone will probably be with rich graphics, like Rage HD for the iPhone, but more interactive, not rail shooters, since we now have actual controller, not lame touchscreen.
as far as PSP emulator, no idea, but i've heard Tekken and some other classics will be ported over here, maybe these will be some of the 5 games the PS phone is supposed to come with.
5. luis_lopez_351 posted on 07 Jan 2011, 08:40 0 0
they have enough space in the middle to put a qwerty(BB style) on there >:/ sont needs to think D:
7. calamazoo (unregistered) posted on 07 Jan 2011, 09:11 0 0
that's where the cassette tape goes :-)
6. That kidd (unregistered) posted on 07 Jan 2011, 09:00 0 0
Do they have a front facing cam on it????
8. Uknowme (unregistered) posted on 07 Jan 2011, 09:11 0 0
This is a great concept but it gonna fail if it doesn't have the games to back it up. I love Sony products and all but its already a outdated phone. Lacks hdmi out (what the hell) and is already slower then most current phones out now. No games make use of a gamepad (unless your running emulators) until games get updated or made for gingerbread. Also I read that Sony (PSP) and SE are keeping it games separate. Only word so far as games that will make it is PS mini and PS games. No PSP titles will be ported currently. I was really looking forward to this phone but the spec are lacking compared to the Motorola Bionic. I will wait this one out and see what games come out for the phone otherwise if its mobile gaming you want Apple got everyone beat and I hate Apple products LOL (but have a ipod touch just for the games). Also SE needs to get all the games from itunes ported over as well. So SE start working your magic and get those games from itunes on to playstation pocket.
9. Mike (unregistered) posted on 07 Jan 2011, 09:33 0 0
The hardware is a year behind; the games will cost twice as much; and Sony has the worst record for software updates. Lock this down to AT&T in the states and I can already see the death spiral (you can see how well that's working for Apple - Android just passed them in total owners). Looks like Sony blew another one, I was really looking forward to this phone.
10. pspphone1sga8 (unregistered) posted on 07 Jan 2011, 11:47 0 0
Is ffat and fucgly.
Tell me why i want it if i already have an iphonycantgetanyrececption4 and a pspgo that i hated it so much till recently.
yea because it just got hacked and finally load in some of my UMD games i OWN and rip out in iso.
11. skymitch89 posted on 07 Jan 2011, 14:47 0 0
The prototype might be using a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8255 or MSM8655 processor, but they might change that. If they do change the processor, I think that they should use the NVIDIA Tegra 2.
13. Ibrahim2011 (unregistered) posted on 15 Jan 2011, 04:07 0 0
you guys are just made coz you already thought that we are not gonna like this
although wat so ever it is.. thats y u r passing such comments..
shame on you..