Sony PlayStation phone coming this year

Technology news website Engadget has reported Sony Ericsson is developing a Sony PlayStation mobile phone, which will run the Google Android mobile OS and will be capable of playing handheld console games.

The news has come from a trusted source inside of the company, who has informed the website that Android 'Gingerbread' 3.0 will be the platform of choice for the device. The hardware will be based around the 1Ghz Qualcomm chipset, with a 3.7-inch screen or higher and graphics in line with their existing portable gaming consoles.

The device itself is noted to include a Sony PSP style d-pad as a way of controlling the games, with a long touch pad as the replacement for an actual keyboard along with other traditional PlayStation buttons.

Sony Ericsson's PlayStation mobile phone in the Xperia range could be released as early as October this year according to rumours, just in time for the Christmas present buying rush to get under way.

As a bigger picture, this could very well mean that PSP games could be ported across to higher-end handsets running Android and therefore add another string to the mobile operating systems already very versatile bow.


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