Posted on January 4, 2011, Phil Hornshaw Photos of Unconfirmed Playstation Phone Show Size, Android 2.3
We still haven’t gotten an official announcement from anybody at Sony about oft-rumored and photographed Playstation phone (also known as the Xperia Play or the Zeus Z1), but new photos that have popped up over at Engadget suggest the phone is nearing completion.
The shots show the phone with its logos and a few other bits of polish from earlier mock-up versions that have leaked onto the Internet, and also have it laid next to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10, which was released last year.
Those shots are good for comparison: while the two phones are about the same size, the Playstation phone is a little smaller and rounder (the better to hold in your hands like a controller and play games on, hopefully). Looks like the Playstation phone’s screen about matches the Xpera X10′s 4-inch screen, too.
Also notable about the images are that they show the Playstation phone running the newest version of Google’s Android operating system, Android 2.3 (also known as Gingerbread). As Engadget points out, we’ve seen the phone running Android 2.2, and there was some kind of rumor about it running the doesn’t-exist-yet Android 3.0 — so maybe by 3.0 at the time of the rumor, they meant 2.3, because it sounds like Android 3.0 might be too much machine for your phone.
Either way, what we do know about the phone is that Sony Ericsson has been sort of teasing us with it, but what it’ll actually be able to do in terms of games isn’t at all clear. It’s been seen running Android with a full screen of apps, and one of which is labeled “Playstation,” but what that actually does is anybody’s guess.
Speculation has been all over the place, including having the phone play old PS1 games or be the next step in the evolution of the Playstation Portable. But Sony Ericsson and Sony Computer Entertainment are each separate divisions of the company, and they don’t seem to talk to one another — so it seems less and less likely that whatever the Playstation phone is, it’s not some newfangled PSP.