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First Look at Android's PlayStation Phone

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Back in August, sources told Engadget that Sony was in the late planning stages of an Android device that would be a "cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go." Similar to the Motorola Droid, the device would have slide-out controls resembling the classic PlayStation gamepad. The CPU would run at 1GHz and carry the next generation of Android OS with a custom Sony game marketplace.

Well, it's been two months and once again Engadget has the latest scoop on the PlayStation Phone. Currently sporting a Sony Ericsson branding, the device is still in its prototype stages with an expected release in 2011 -- although a late 2010 release might still be possible. Nearly dead-on with the specs, Engadget reports the phone features a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 with 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and a screen ranging from 3.7 to 4.1 inches. The game controls are pure PlayStation with a long touchpad in the center. There's no Memory Stick slot, but microSD cards will be covered.

All in all, if the purported bugs are ironed out, this device has the potential to level the playing field in smartphone gaming. Apple may have a large variety, but there's only so many ways you can use a buttonless touchscreen for games. Current Android devices benefit from being open, but a dedicated marketplace could usher in more sophisticated developers and, in turn, hardcore gamers.

Basically, if the Nintendo DS also had smartphone capabilities with the backing of an exploding consumer and developer base, that would be this phone.

Again, this does not look like another N-Gage.

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