Now, don’t get too excited, but this rumor, which has been bouncing around for a little while now, has been confirmed by Sony. However, they only admitted to its existence (codename: Zeus). There’s a lot of different photos of prototypes and mock-ups around the web, one said to have come from Sony on Engaget.com, but Sony said they would talk details “when the time is right.” Without more more information, here’s what we can say:The integration and combination of gadgets is always exciting. Why bring a phone, an MP3 player, and a mobile gaming device with you when you can carry just one device? Phones have been catering to the music lover for years by integrating MP3 players, but most games on phones are simple little time killers. With actual tactile buttons and a D-pad, not to mention the rich Sony Playstation and PSP history, this phone will seriously appeal to the hardcore gamer.
The phone itself won’t be a joke, either. Sony also has a long history of experience with their Ericsson phones, and the PSP phone will likely be running on Android’s “gingerbread” software.
The biggest question is the battery life. Most users have to charge their iPhones at least once a day. With serious extended gaming being added to the regular phone and app workload, it’s going to drain a battery pretty quickly. A single battery likely won’t last the time between outlets in many instances. So what’s the solution? A bigger battery means exactly that, a bigger battery, and these devices are desirable for their compact design; something you can throw in your pocket. Maybe back-up batteries and chargers will become the answer.
With the battery issue resolved, I am really excited about the prospect of a PSP phone. More than anything, this is potentially the beginning of a new type of gadget, the true gaming phone (this was tried before with Nokia’s N-Gage, but they don’t have Sony’s gaming credibility, and it was relative failure). Now that the news of the PSP phone leaked, the competition (i.e. Apple) will begin scrambling their own R & D teams to produce a competitive product, which means nothing but good things for the consumer.
The PSP phone maybe be out as early as the holiday season…2011.