Sony Ericsson To Up Ante With PSP Phone With Android 3.0

Finally, Sony Ericsson appears to be committing itself completely to Android with rumours of a gaming platform based around the third version of the OS, together with a PSP-like phone, having emerged online.

Engadget's Joshua Topolsky write that the company will be developing "a gaming platform, ecosystem and device" based on Google's mobile operating system and possibly with the help of Google.

The first model of that new PSP phone is said to be like the bastard son of the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go with a QWERTY keyboard and a D-Pad. It may have a 3.7-inch screen with WVGA resolution, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 5-megapixel camera.

From the looks of it, it sounds like a bigger version of the Xperia X10 Mini Pro, the one with the sliding keyboard but the PSP phone is likely to carry the Playstation branding as well.

Existing PSP games will be ported to the new platform and it is likely that Sony will allow handsets from other competitors to play the games as long as their hardware can support it.

Engadget confirms that the first product may be released as early as October 2010 and may carry games such as God of War, Modern Warfare, and Little Big Planet as well as older ones.

Such a product could potentially pave the way for a desktop-bound equivalent as well, something along the lines of the Google TV but cheaper than the Playstation 3.

Would you buy a PSP Phone that can double as a portable gaming console? How much would you want to pay for it?