PlayStation phone named and filmed in action

Video has been leaked of Sony Ericsson's much-rumoured PlayStation phone.

The one-minute-42-second video appears to show that the device will have a slide-out controller panel with the familiar PS control pads as well as a touch panel.

The video, which was apparently shot on December 2nd, shows the model number as Zeus which everyone and their pet monkey is taking to be the eventual launch name. We suspect that naming your new internet-connected device after one of the most damaging pieces of malware of the past couple of years might be a bit of a mistake.

The video also confirms that the device is currently running Google's Android operating system version 2.3, otherwise known as Gingerbread.

Speculation is rife as to whether the device will be able to run PlayStation or PSP game titles, but a PlayStation App spotted within the GUI gives some credence to rumours that the latter will be the case.

A second, much shorter video shows the mole running the PlayStation App which brings up a very PSP-like GUI and the disappointing message, "There are no current items."

Beyond that, the video gives few clues as to what the device will be capable of, but does reveal that the main user interface is a bit sloppy when it comes to touch-screen gestures, and the whole thing is a bit on the portly side, looking like it's nigh-on an inch thick at its fattest.

Sony is obviously a bit miffed that Apple has stolen much of the Japanese electronics giant's hand-held gaming thunder with the iPhone and iPod Touch, but aiming a mainstream product so firmly at a teen market is a dangerous path to tread, as anyone involved in Microsoft's disastrous Kin project will attest.

Banging out a quick game of Angry Birds on your iPhone between conference calls is one thing, but persuading your accounts department to approve the purchase of a PlayStation phone might just be pushing things a little too far.

It's not clear who leaked the carefully edited videos but, as you might expect, there has been no official announcement from Sony on launch dates, availability or cost.